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Farmville, Social Gaming, and Addiction

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the tragedy-of-the-common-interest dept.

Social Networks 251

MarkN writes "Facebook has been trumpeting the fact that Farmville, the most popular game on its site, has more users than Twitter, with 69 million playing over a month and 26 million playing each day. Combined with Facebook's announcement that they have hit 350 million users, that means one out of every five people on Facebook is playing Farmville. Gamasutra has a post taking a critical analysis of Farmville, its deceptively slow level grind, how a number of gameplay features end up as simply decorative since they aren't balanced with the benefits of raising crops, and discussing why Farmville succeeds so well in virally spreading itself and addicting people."

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Levels! (0, Offtopic)

aBaldrich (1692238) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344072)

It's the first MMORPG-like game not considered geek: it's played by women.

Re:Levels! (5, Insightful)

Relic of the Future (118669) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344942)

Nah, dude; women play other MMOPGs, and have been for a long time. They just pretend to be men so that guys who post off-topic sexist remarks to /. (and the guys who mod those guys up) will stop harassing them.

Re:Levels! (1)

kaizokuace (1082079) | more than 4 years ago | (#30345046)

when you say women i assume you exclude all the female WoW players yes?

Re:Levels! (3, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#30345092)

Not really, there are lots of MMORPG-style games that attract a lot of women players (think pet sites like Neopets), its just Farmville has a large amount of players because of A) the incentive to recruit (you can get gifts from people) B) The need to come back constantly (otherwise your crops die) and C) Coming back regularly improves the game (even if your crops might not die if you don't get there right as they are ready, but you can plant more crops then). Mix all that with the social networking side of it (anyone can see the farm and you can post pictures) and the decorating side of it (lots of items to decorate) and you have an MMO that many women enjoy.

Something I overheard (5, Funny)

alex_guy_CA (748887) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344092)

Something I overheard: "Can I grow weed on Farmvile and sell it on Mafia Wars?"

Re:Something I overheard (0, Offtopic)

Tellarin (444097) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344108)

Where are my mod point when I need them?! :)

Re:Something I overheard (0, Offtopic)

Dr_Ken (1163339) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344144)

I hear you. [slashdot.org]

Re:Something I overheard (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344210)

Something I overheard:

"Can I grow weed on Farmvile and sell it on Mafia Wars?"

You can grow it to sell to the local pot club. If you earn enough points to get cancer you can even use it in the game.

Re:Something I overheard (5, Funny)

Chmcginn (201645) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344790)

Also, Can I send troops from Tribal Wars to attack my brother-in-laws Farm that keeps spamming me with "So-and-so bought a cow!"?

Re:Something I overheard (4, Funny)

nextekcarl (1402899) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344884)

That would actually make these 'games' worth while.

Re:Something I overheard (3, Funny)

marqs (774373) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344852)

Think opium pays better

Idle! (0)

deprecated (86120) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344098)

Deliberately not going to RTFA because it sounds like a buzzkill in the name of overanalysis. Also, "duh!"

FarmTown (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344102)

And, then there's FarmTown, almost the exact same game. That's the annoying bit about Facebook apps, everyone one has at least two or three near duplicates.

Re:FarmTown (1, Funny)

ChrisMP1 (1130781) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344618)

everyone one ... duplicates

Re:FarmTown (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344656)

And, then there's FarmTown, almost the exact same game. That's the annoying bit about Facebook apps, everyone one has at least two or three near duplicates.

FarmTown (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344918)

And, then there's FarmTown, almost the exact same game. That's the annoying bit about Facebook apps, everyone one has at least two or three near duplicates

FarmTown (4, Funny)

NiteMair (309303) | more than 4 years ago | (#30345158)

And, then there is FarmTown, almost the exact same game. That's the annoying bit about Facebook apps, everyone one has at least two or three near duplicates.

Just seems like... (4, Informative)

Lord Duran (834815) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344106)

a glorified version of Harvest Moon.

Harvest Moon! (4, Insightful)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344410)

If only FarmVille approached even a fraction of the things you can do in the Harvest Moon series.
I think saying it's a glorified version is being too nice.

Re:Harvest Moon! (1)

MetalPhalanx (1044938) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344910)

I agree completely. Harvest Moon > Farmville

Remember the privacy policy? (5, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344118)

Hey, 1 in 5 people use this application. Remember that once the application has more than a million users, it can access not only your personal information, but everyone's personal information you can access. So, in short, the creators of Farmville have access to most, if not all, of the Facebook database. Moo, moo.

Re:Remember the privacy policy? (2, Insightful)

Phillibuster (1232966) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344140)

I think it's more accurate to say 1 in 5 accounts have Farmville. I know people who have created several dummy accounts to help their 'friend' quoata. This also benefits Facebook by inflating their user count - how many of the 350 'users' are distinct people?

Re:Remember the privacy policy? (4, Insightful)

Dr_Ken (1163339) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344168)

Kind of begs the question "who is farming and for what?"

Re:Remember the privacy policy? (4, Funny)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344668)

Kind of begs the question "who is farming and for what?"

Please proceed immediately to the next thread, as the effects of prolonged exposure to this question has not been investigated. *fzzt* As an optional test protocol, we are pleased to present an amusing fact. The personal data is now more valuable than the organs and combined incomes of everyone in your hometown.

Re:Remember the privacy policy? (2, Informative)

scolbe (236243) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344660)

not only that, but how many of those accounts actually play the game?
I had a look at it a while ago and half the people who 'play' it.. well appear to have planted a few crops and then never touched it again.

Re:Remember the privacy policy? (1)

leuk_he (194174) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344822)

They really are all distinct. But i still am wondering why my dog, rabbit, fish, bird need a own facebook account. It seems that you need more neighbours to level up in farmville.

But if you are wondering, 3 out of 5 farmville players are (real) female. Maybe something interesting for /.players.

Re:Remember the privacy policy? (1, Interesting)

u38cg (607297) | more than 4 years ago | (#30345010)

Call me Mr Grumpy Pants, but my ideal woman is not someone whose idea of a fulfilling life is playing some stupid flash game.

Re:Remember the privacy policy? (5, Funny)

legojenn (462946) | more than 4 years ago | (#30345212)

Call me Ms Grumpypants, but my ideal man is not someone whose idea of a fulfilling life is playing some stupid first-person shooter game.

So, it's a cross between... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344138)

...that smattering of myminicity spam we had a few years ago, and Slashdot's use of exponents for achievements such as "most consecutive days logged in", right? :)

2 thoughts (2, Interesting)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344180)

Security and "China farmers".

First, the security issue is an obvious one, when you're tempted to hand out your password so someone can "babysit" your farm.

The other one would be an interesting one indeed. So far, I doubt any online farming game (usually browser games) got big enough to even attract "goldsellers", whatever form they may take. Now, I neither have a facebook account nor play this game, so someone who does might be able to give me a hint whether it's possible to hand over money (or whatever resource there is) in the game, but it would be interesting to see what the owners of Facebook think of a sudden dramatic increase of new users who all just play this game, know each other and basically are nothing but a huge grinder farm (no pun intended). I'd guess they wouldn't be too happy since it would poison their data pool quite a bit.

Re:2 thoughts (2, Interesting)

Danoz (627412) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344270)

doesn't really matter too much, facebook is blocked in china anyway.

Re:2 thoughts (2, Insightful)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344452)

Err, if you know you're going to be out for awhile, you simply plant stuff that grows slower, or don't plant anything.

I (admittedly) do play this thing on occasion, and I don't really see anything in there that would make your classic 'gold farmer' ('scuse the pun) see it as worth their time. Few folks buy the bucks in-game as it is, and unlike Mafia Wars style games, a bot would be fairly useless.

I could've summed the game down in two sentences: It's a cute-but-silly animated time waster that occasionally begs you to buy stuff. Its general appeal lies in the fact that unlike most games, you help other players to advance instead of beating them down.

Re:2 thoughts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30345148)

..a bot would be fairly useless.

I scripted a bot to generate the mouse-clicks required to harvest, plow and replant, saving myself some RSI. Then I read about what a bunch of bastards the cretins running Zynga are, so I deleted the app.

It's not about whether it's big enough... (1)

N0Man74 (1620447) | more than 4 years ago | (#30345106)

The number of players cited above is far and away much "bigger" than World of WarCraft has ever had, and it was certainly big enough for gold farmers. It's not about the fact it's not big enough.

The fact is, it's simply not necessary since Zynga already sells in game items, money, and upgrades for real money. Through their own business model, they've weeded out the "Chinese farmers".

Critical analysis of a browser game? (1)

Doug52392 (1094585) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344212)

It's true: Nerds have way too much time on their hands.

Re:Critical analysis of a browser game? (1)

Shadow of Eternity (795165) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344224)

They have a lot of free time, true, but it's not time that they're holding...

Re:Critical analysis of a browser game? (5, Insightful)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344324)

Except, most "nerds" wouldn't be caught dead playing this game.

Re:Critical analysis of a browser game? (4, Funny)

Mark_in_Brazil (537925) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344722)

Except, most "nerds" wouldn't be caught dead playing this game.

I have a friend who is a well-known cryptographer. He is a tenured professor at the best university in his home country (it's also the best-known university in his home country; the two aren't always the same). Some of his work has become part of important international standards. I have used applications built on his work, and depending on how nerdy you are and what kind of work you do, you might have used some too. His work has won awards and has been recognized by his peers at major academic conferences on cryptography. Whether or not you have heard of him, you have almost certainly heard of some of his collaborators in other countries, even if you aren't a cryptography nerd. If that's not enough "nerd cred" for ya, he is also a fluent speaker of five languages, can get by really well in a sixth, can imitate different accents in at least one of his non-native languages, and has some knowledge of two other real languages plus Klingon.

And because I was sick to death of seeing his FarmVille updates and my sister's Mafia Wars updates, I finally learned how to block updates from those two applications just today.

Re:Critical analysis of a browser game? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344820)

You finally figured out how to block the updates? You mean you found the highly obscure "hide" button that appears on the update? Hopefully you aren't a tenured professor anywhere.

Re:Critical analysis of a browser game? (1)

EricX2 (670266) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344734)

No kidding, farm town is way better than farmville.

Re:Critical analysis of a browser game? (1)

ibmjones (52133) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344862)

Of course not. They would be caught dead playing Warcraft.

Social Networking groups (5, Interesting)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344264)

I think the fact that a poor game can be so popular is the fact that they are targeting addicted social network users. That is like saying you can sell games and apps for more on an iphone... duhhh. It is all about the user base. I bet you could shoot fish in a barrel too...

Re:Social Networking groups (2, Informative)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344414)

Except they aren't selling these games on Facebook.
It's a freemium model. Free to everyone, but you can also pay for premium features.

Re:Social Networking groups (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344698)

Your post is self-contradictory and has no logical connection to the original. Are you high or do you play Farmville?

Re:Social Networking groups (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344810)

Read the forums and the people griping - people spend a lot of money on that garbage. I think they're idiots, but since I don't play the game, I guess it doesn't matter what I think.

Re:Social Networking groups (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344670)

You can shoot fish in a barrel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MythBusters_%282007_season%29#Episode_91_.E2.80.93_.22Shooting_Fish_in_a_Barrel.22

Re:Social Networking groups (2, Interesting)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344776)

I think the fact that a poor game can be so popular is the fact that they are targeting addicted social network users.

That is a valid point.

That is like saying you can sell games and apps for more on an iphone... duhhh. It is all about the user base.

I'm not sure I'm following you here. You think you can sell games for more on an iPhone than on what platform? Games are certainly cheaper on average than on a Nintendo DS or PSP (which average $32 a title). I haven't seen overall numbers for other phone platforms, but there are published numbers on the average cost of the top 10 most popular paid apps and the iPhone is at the bottom of the list:

  • iPhone - $1.60
  • Windows Mobile - $20.00
  • BlackBerry - $18.00
  • Nokia Symbian S60 - $24.50

In short, I don't know where you get the idea that people pay more for apps on the iPhone, but from all the numbers I've seen the exact opposite seems to be the case by a huge margin. The larger user base a developer can target with a single version of the app and the fact that Apple charges very little from developers (profiting from increased Phone sales instead) has made the iPhone a place where people actually make money selling small titles for a dollar and major games for $10.

Re:Social Networking groups (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 4 years ago | (#30345036)

Pretty much all winmo apps are free... none of which are included in your lists...... sooo that doesn't work now does it.

Find stats on amount of money spent on apps PER phone. iphone vs any other OS and it'll be a pretty damn big gap I assure you.

Re:Social Networking groups (1)

SoupIsGoodFood_42 (521389) | more than 4 years ago | (#30345116)

I pay more than $1.60 for apps. The only apps I think are worth buying are usually over $5. You get what you pay for. I'm not interested in filling my iPhone with tons of crap apps. Averages and top 10 charts don't tell you everything.

Re:Social Networking groups (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344826)

Have you ever actually shot fish in a barrel? Do you have any idea how hard it is? Its easier to toss a grenade and be done with it.

Unfriending due to Farmville (3, Interesting)

RabidMonkey (30447) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344320)

Due to Farmvilles massive spamming, and my inability to make it stop telling me when my sisters/friends/coworkers have found a new cow, I've actually resorted to unfriending people who are farmville addicts. My "newsfeed" went from updates on my friends lives to 3/4 farmville useless announcements, making it effectively useless. I was tempted to install the app to see if I could filter them somehow, but ultimately said forget it.

It's fine if people want to play games, but frankly, the rest of the world doesn't care or need to know that you planted seeds. If I installed a facebook app that broadcasted every time I got a green drop in WoW I'm sure my friends wouldn't be too happy.

Add to this the Mafia wars spam, and these stupid little apps have made a mess out of what was once a useful tool for me to keep on top of my friends day to day and related silliness.

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (5, Informative)

Whatshisface (1203604) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344378)

Due to Farmvilles massive spamming, and my inability to make it stop telling me when my sisters/friends/coworkers have found a new cow, I've actually resorted to unfriending people who are farmville addicts. My "newsfeed" went from updates on my friends lives to 3/4 farmville useless announcements, making it effectively useless. I was tempted to install the app to see if I could filter them somehow, but ultimately said forget it.

It's fine if people want to play games, but frankly, the rest of the world doesn't care or need to know that you planted seeds. If I installed a facebook app that broadcasted every time I got a green drop in WoW I'm sure my friends wouldn't be too happy.

Add to this the Mafia wars spam, and these stupid little apps have made a mess out of what was once a useful tool for me to keep on top of my friends day to day and related silliness.

It takes one click to block an unwanted application like Farmville from posting to your News Feed. There's a "Hide" option on any News Feed story which will block all posts from that application. Very useful.

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (4, Funny)

iknowcss (937215) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344612)

He just needs an excuse to explain why he is friends with so few people

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (5, Funny)

jargoone (166102) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344842)

(Looking for "Like" link...)

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (2, Interesting)

grahamtriggs (572707) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344710)

Yes, you can block posts from an application. As I already have, along with the hundreds of other applications that spam my newsfeed every day.

It's still one of the major reasons why I've largely turned my back on Facebook and turned to Twitter.

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30345168)

On Twitter, all the useless spam is manual.

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (1)

RabidMonkey (30447) | more than 4 years ago | (#30345314)

I've blocked them for a few weeks, but I get random notifications still :S

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (1)

Fencepost (107992) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344732)

Interestingly, I was getting a small number of Farmville-related items even though I'd hidden it. Attempting to set the option to block all access (at the bottom of the message I received) gave me an error every time I tried it.

The same thing worked for other applications though.

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (1)

Alan Shutko (5101) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344756)

Last I checked, those blocks didn't work on the iPhone App. That's why I stopped using the app... it got too full of game updates.

But how do I block ALL applications? (1)

maillemaker (924053) | more than 4 years ago | (#30345250)

I think I've finally managed to block all of the CURRENT hit games that my friends are addicted to on FB, but it is annoying to have to block each application individually.

Is there a way to simply block ALL present and future application notices?

All I want to see are what people type in their profile and their pictures. I am not interested in watching people play games, or hearing about the results.

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344408)

Just hide all farmville / mafiawars / misc. newsfeed updates.

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (1)

TheSwampDweller (1076321) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344416)

You can hide the Farmville updates by clicking the hide button that appears when your mouse hovers over them. This option turned out to be a life saver. :)

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344426)

As someone else noted, you can block each application.

But I hear what you're saying about the spam from all the apps. Personally, I use facebook as a gaming platform, so the game ones don't bother me, but the other ones do instead, like the constant barrage of 'join this group' and 'support my cause' and the new quizzes and crap.

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344448)

>> I was tempted to install the app to see if I could filter them somehow, but ultimately said forget it

Are you retarded? Click the HIDE button right next to the notification and you'll never see another note from that app again.

whatever - facebook sucks (2, Insightful)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344462)

I wouldn't even go on my facebook page if it wasn't for the games. The people that use facebook are BORING.

I really don't care what any of my friends had for dinner, the new dress they bought or what their little kids did that morning. Yes, clicking random bullshit in Mafia wars is more interesting to me than those things.

I attempted to steer updates into the things that interest me (programming and technology) but gave up after one of my "friends" just posted a "what?" comment on it.

I then realized that the social aspect of Facebook is completely uninteresting to me. I'll just stick with slashdot, forums, newsgroups, IM and IRC for doing my nerd chat.

My take on facebook (2, Insightful)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344720)

I really don't care what any of my friends had for dinner, the new dress they bought or what their little kids did that morning.

When you visit your friends, you do say "hey, nice new dress!", or "how're the kids doing?", or "so how's that diet you're on working out for you?", right?

Oh well, if they're geeks too, I suppose "So did you hear about this new smartphone that runs Linux?" is more appropriate, but it sounds like you're dissing small talk rather than dissing facebook as a medium for small talk.

The latter I agree with, the former I don't---even though I'm not a particularly well-renowned practitioner of said art ;-)

Re:My take on facebook (4, Funny)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344896)

it sounds like you're dissing small talk rather than dissing facebook as a medium for small talk.

Ah, thats not a real diss, try these:

My old quote: "facebook is a workflow automation system for relationships between stereotypical middle school girls"

My new quote: "facebook is a computer optimized maximal shallowness solution to impress people you don't care about".

Now, which one is more accurate, and/or offensive?

Re:My take on facebook (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344936)

I can't actually tell the difference between middle school girl behavior and the behavior of many adult women online. Maybe it's my failing, being a nerd and a man. I have a handful of female friends who are different in this regard to me, so I'm not entirely certain it's my fault.

Re:My take on facebook (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344920)

When you visit your friends, you do say "hey, nice new dress!", or "how're the kids doing?", or "so how's that diet you're on working out for you?", right?

There is a difference between seeing it and commenting on it, and having them post it so everyone can see. And no, I usually don't make that kind of small talk, which might explain why I fail to see the use of facebook's model.

I tried to do nerd small talk, but it didn't work, so I'm just brushing the entire service aside.

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344476)

I was tempted to install the app to see if I could filter them somehow, but ultimately said forget it.

Facebook does allow you to block apps... and that IIRC includes the announcements that come with them.

Your post indicates lack of Facebook app technique (1)

JoshDM (741866) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344572)

I don't know at what "time" (months ago, etc.) you started unfriending addicts, but there is a simpler way to block all Farmville posts.

If you see one Farmville post in your feed, click it on the top right and you get two choices:

1 - hide all posts from Farmville

2 - hide all posts from this user.

All you have to do is select item #1. I've used it for any/all apps appearing in my feed.

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344766)

Facebook Lite: http://lite.facebook.com

Basic classic style Facebook with no 3rd party apps, or wireless. Less space than a Nomad, but it's pretty unlame.

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (1)

Maximus633 (1316457) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344902)

As I was typing a response to your post I remembered that I needed to harvest my sunflowers.... BRB!

Re:Unfriending due to Farmville (1)

sparkydevil (261897) | more than 4 years ago | (#30345194)

Here's the facebook group for you: I Defriended You! [facebook.com]

It drives me nuts (0, Troll)

NtroP (649992) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344326)

I swear, if I see another post about one of my "friends" finding a little lost duckling or sheep or whatever on my facebook feed I'm going to start making heavy use of the "unfriend" feature. If you want to play your game, fine, but PLEASE facebook, give me the ability to turn off notifications from stupid games like that! I might even try playing it if I wasn't so annoyed by all the crap it spews onto my facebook page and worried that I'd annoy my friends and family in turn - that and I don't trust ANY applications interacting with my facebook account.

No, I don't want that drink, poke, hug, heart, angel, bush or whatever. Thanks all the same, especially not when I have to click a button to give it access to my account. Yes, I'm paranoid.

Re:It drives me nuts (1)

KingPrad (518495) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344442)

They've had this for a long time. You can hide notifications from any app permanently from the news feed. If that doesn't work, go to the page for the app and you can choose Block and also remove it permanently. Usually it works just clicking Hide on the newsfeeds. I do that on all quizzes and other apps that show up. I see a new one every few weeks, but otherwise I don't see any at all - all the popular ones are blocked.

Re:It drives me nuts (1)

NtroP (649992) | more than 4 years ago | (#30345026)

Heh. Learn something new every day. I guess I should actually log into facebook in a browser some times. I've been interacting with it through 3rd-party apps on the desktop and iPhone so far - they don't give me those options (that I've been able to see).

Re:It drives me nuts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344500)

Click hide. It won't show up until you hover your mouse over the top right corner of the post.

Re:It drives me nuts (2, Insightful)

cpscotti (1032676) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344516)

It ever occurred to you that facebook has complete control of/access to your facebook account?
(Yeah.. I also feel like killing someone when I see those "John Cusak found a black sheep on his farm")
If you are really concerned about the data at your account why putting it on facebook at the first place.. the problem with paranoia these days is that some people are still shy about their data... internet is here fellas... privacy is something from last century when REAL farm people could "do it" behind the barn for years without no one knowing it..
I also have those apps and feel in some way like you but not bc they could get my data, I hate them because they are fucking stupid!
Seems to me that farmville success is only due to "Idle" people wanting to be in facebook all the time (to check that new photo their ex has shared).. they keep playing just as killing time...

Re:It drives me nuts (1)

cpscotti (1032676) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344530)

*hate those apps! (let the typo and lack of reading preview take place)

Do you people not even TRY to look? (2, Interesting)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344554)

Really, it's like you all are a bunch of unthinking zombies. It's incredibly easy to hide what you don't want to see with simple click.

Do you just load the page and wait to see what happens?

There's a lot you can filter if you take two seconds to look.

It already has access to your account (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344592)

You don't have to use these apps for them to have access to your account: If your friends use the apps the apps can access everything your friends can access.

Re:It drives me nuts (1)

DeadPixels (1391907) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344636)

Yes, people, we can Hide applications and it will block that application from posting to your newsfeed. However, there are so many terrible apps out there, I find myself hiding a new one more or less daily. What I (and others, I would assume) would like to see is an option on Facebook to disable all applications from posting to my news feed, instead of having to wait for them to pop up and then block them one by one.

it does weird things to people (1, Funny)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344358)

I've had a website design customer start playing it on their laptop during a website consultation! I think that game messes with people's heads. Also, and I'm just reporting this as is without comment, a guy at my brother's work who happens to be african american plays it and 100% of his crops are cotton. Now how would that even happen? Lol. It just seems like something a normal, sane person wouldn't do :P

Re:it does weird things to people (1)

T Murphy (1054674) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344568)

Rule #1 of playing addicting games: once the game starts negatively* affecting things outside of the game, it is time to quit.

*I would omit a qualifier but some games have positive social interaction.

Forget Farmville (4, Funny)

rudy_wayne (414635) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344450)

Facebook will ruin your life.

A few months ago I signed up on Facebook, just for the heck of it. Then I noticed that there were a lot of people I went to High School with on there. Pretty soon I was gettng friend request from them. One day I got a friend request from an old girlfriend who I hadn't seen since graduating. My only memory of her was when she was 17 -- cute with big titties. And then I looked at her current picture.

She has not aged well.

My fantasies are ruined.

Re:Forget Farmville (4, Interesting)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344498)

Are you kidding? I had the same situation, and took the time to breathe one hell of a big sigh of relief that I didn't marry her.

Re:Forget Farmville (1)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344878)

Same thing happened to my college girlfriend. Her name Danielle by chance?

Re:Forget Farmville (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30345198)

Hey William you're not so good looking either anymore.

-- Danielle

Noob gamers (4, Insightful)

T Murphy (1054674) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344456)

A lot of gamers have played Runescape, Diablo 2 or similar and experienced enough "why am I wasting my time", "but it's so addicting" to learn to resist starting a new addicting game. A lot of Farmville players likely haven't experienced this, so they have no built up immunity and will waste their time without a second thought.

While you could argue any game is a waste of time, Farmville's grind only earns you the opportunity to continue grinding- no end goal, no endgame sandbox. At least when you have a goal in sight you can tell when it isn't getting any closer.

Re:Noob gamers (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344508)

It's only a waste of time if your time is actually worth something. I suspect most people's time is pretty worthless to begin with, else television executives would not generally be wealthy.

Re:Noob gamers (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 4 years ago | (#30345112)

You are putting the subject in the wrong part of the problem. Is surprising (ok, maybe not) how easy is to get "addicted" to something, specially when makes you feel part of a community, no matter how shitty the "experience" is. If you think that it is wrong, in the Gamasutra article they point to mybrute, that makes Farmville look like a piece of art, and still should be wildly successful. And even that implies more "participation" from you than being fan of a football/soccer/basket club.

Re:Noob gamers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30345180)

exactly so, whenever i buy a game i ask myself, "is there a point to playing this?", usually that point has to have a social aspect like playing with friends. if i'm playing to level, there is no need to get the game, doubly so if there are bots for said game.

At least we can all learn a lesson from it... (1)

hort_wort (1401963) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344514)

... such as how to use the "hide" button that pops up when you put your mouse over it in the feed.

Farmville vs Twitter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30344620)

Yawn.
Just about as exciting as watching paint dry or Baseball(for people outside the US)

And Twitter is 'so Yesterday'

I'll tell you why... (3, Insightful)

koan (80826) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344630)

Everyone where I works plays it, except me, it's total cheese but they love it...why?
Because to them it's better than working.

Personal Information in Facebook Games (1)

BDZ (632292) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344740)

Something I have noticed which is odd is that the games use "their" when a new posting has come up.

Like this,

"...got a big ol' reward for being such a great farmer and wants to share their success with you"

If these games have access to users' personal information you'd think they'd know enough about each user to use "his" or "her" in place of "their."

Re:Personal Information in Facebook Games (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#30344968)

If these games have access to users' personal information you'd think they'd know enough about each user to use "his" or "her" in place of "their."

That pesky transgendered problem rears its head again...

Better model than PS3/Xbox/Wii (4, Interesting)

HockeyPuck (141947) | more than 4 years ago | (#30345136)

I've got a friend that purchased on his own a Wii (so his kids/wife can play games) and a PS3 for his hardcore (FPS and fighting) games. He received a xbox360 as a gift from a cousin. Probably has about a $1000 worth of platforms and associated games.

Yet if his wife doesn't tell him "Go to bed, it's late" he can play Mafiawars/Farmville until the sun comes up. Amazing how addictive these games are without having to have massive graphics, sound, rumble controllers, online multiplayer. Just a flash interface and a bunch of clicking.

I'm waiting for Southpark to do an episode on Farmville as a remake of the WoW episode.

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