I just don’t know why so many people wanted to play this game again and again. Perhaps some people call it childish game or a clone of Barn buddy but I must say it is infatuation. I have seen people of different age groups playing this game with the similar interest as a child could have.
Who would have guessed—in an age of quickly advancing technology—that one of the most admired online games would be about good old fashioned farming? May be Social gamers do have some sort of special connection to civilization’s roots.
Farmville, a real-time virtual farming game is currently one of the most popular games on Facebook developed by Zynga and is played every day by millions of people world wide. It has become the most popular game application on Facebook, with over 82.7 million active users and over 22.5 million fans in February 2010. On February 4, 2010, Microsoft’s MSN Games has also launched Farmville to its website strangely requiring a Facebook account not windows live ID.
There are still questions about why FarmVille, and not the many other virtual simulation games on Facebook, has gotten so huge. Especially considering the cultural norm that farming is NOT a desirable career option. People realize that in real farming, it’s hard to make a living, and this is a way to live that farm dream without going broke.
Probably the reason for its success is that it provides a better social experience by encouraging users to interact with their Facebook friends within the game. Every now and then the application offers limited addition items for the players to gift each other and celebrating events like Christmas, valentines, new year etc. The game has become a cultural phenomenon. People talk about it online in their Facebook status updates or even on twitter.
Mashable review about the game: FarmVille has been a breakout hit, with its active user count growing by around 10 million users per month. Note that this isn’t simply signups: This is a count of people using the app at least once in the 30-day span.
It is hard to be on Facebook and avoid Farmville. It’s Global addiction. 🙂