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Why do you want to kill my pet? Zynga to shut down PetVille and 10 Others

Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes | about 2 years ago

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Dr Herbert West (1357769) writes "Executing the cost-reduction plan CEO Mark Pincus announced in November, Zynga has shut down, pulled from the app stores, or stopped accepting new players to more than 10 games such as PetVille, Mafia Wars 2, FishVille, Vampire Wars, Treasure Isle, Indiana Jones Adventure World, Mafia Wars Shakedown, Forestville, Montopia, Mojitomo, and Word Scramble Challenge.

Comments from gamers on the shutdown notices included things like “my daughter is heartbroken” and “Please don’t remove petville. I been playing for 4 yrs. and I’M going to miss my pet Jaime.why do you want cause depression for me and others. Why do you want to kill my pet?”

For players that have invested a lot of microtransactions and/or time, this comes as a heavy blow. Most readers on /. have become used to game publishers disabling content or shutting servers down with little or no notice-- is this a further sign of things to come, or will this cause enough outrage to reverse the trend?"

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It comes down to consumer choice (1)

fireman sam (662213) | about 2 years ago | (#42444637)

As a consumer you need to make a decision. Personally, if I cannot play it "offline" I do not purchase it - I've even returned games that could not be "unlocked" without playing online. Bike Race for android is a good example of this.

If most consumers made decisions like this then game makers would start to produce games that play equally well offline as online.

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