What is FarmVille About?
By now I am sure that you have heard of FarmVille on Facebook. Since its launch in June 2009, FarmVille has become the most popular game application on Facebook in less than 6 months! As of December 31, 2009 FarmVille boasts of over 73.8 Million monthly active users! Quite impressive.
A long time ago I gave up social networking over the computer as I believed it was a waste of time. I only joined Facebook as I have clients who utilize it and I had to have access to their information. One of the first things I notice when I joined Facebook were all these posts for FarmVille. I discovered many of my Friends and Family were playing this game.
I discovered that my Sister was a big time FarmVille fan as she spends 3 hours every morning working her farm. I asked her why. She told me that she enjoys FarmVille because she gets to play on her own time and feels that she has total control over what she is doing without the real worldly hassles.
FarmVille is a Game Where You Can Farm With Your Friends
My Sister also told me that FarmVille is a game that she can play with her friends and make new friends. She said that sometimes she feels obligated to help her friends by sending them gifts or helping on their farms, especially when she knows that they have done it for her. She also meets people she has never met before, but because they know someone in common, it feels as if they have known each other forever.
Then there is my friend Lionel, I went to his house to upgrade his computer and what was the first thing he did to test out the upgrade, he went and signed onto Facebook to play FarmVille!
I didn’t get it. What is it about FarmVille that has all these people fascinated? So I started investigating. I discovered that FarmVille is a real-time farm simulation game that is the newest in a long line of mega-popular casual games on Facebook from Zynga. The game allows members to manage a virtual farm by planting, growing and harvesting virtual crops, trees, and livestock.
More importantly, I learned that the game is built around Social Networking. FarmVille is a social game in which players post their achievement to their Facebook profiles, compete against friends, and use their neighbors as tools to grow bigger. In fact, it is the Social Networking aspect that allows one to advance in the game.
But to truly understand it I had to play it. When I started playing FarmVille, the theme song of the 60′s sitcom T.V. show Green Acres starts to play in my mind:
FarmVille is the place to be… Farm livin′ is the life for me… Land Spreadin’ out so far and wide… Keep Manhattan, just give me that country side…
I felt like Oliver Wendell Douglas working hard on the farm and not getting much accomplished. I could just imagine me riding on an old tractor, planting crops that had trouble growing, and Eb, my hired hand, is busy talking to Arnold (the pig) and Eleanor (the Milk Cow)! Then Mr. Haney would show up and try to sell me useless equipment and supplies! That’s about what it felt like when I first started to play FarmVille. I needed to know how to succeed at FarmVille.
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I quickly learned on my own that not only can one earn money and experience by visiting and helping on neighboring farms, but with eight or more neighbors, a player can expand and own more land. Gifts such as trees, animals, and decorations can be sent to your neighbors. These gifts and other achievements are posted on Facebook, even to friends who do not use the application.
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I then discovered and purchased the book FarmVille Secrets. FarmVille Secrets is the first true strategy guide written for FarmVille. It is written to show players the strategies and techniques of the game and how to develop and grow their farms into mega-plantations. This book is great for the beginner just starting out in FarmVille. It clearly explains the game and how to best work your farm.
The Book FarmVille Secrets is Straight Forward, no fluff or fill. It showed me exactly what I needed to do, and what not to do to succeed. It did not show me how to cheat, but how to utilize the game to my fullest potential. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to play FarmVille and succeed.
My conclusion of what FarmVille is all about is summed up in a few words… Fun and Challenging. And if you ask my friend Trinity why she likes FarmVille, she will tell you that she likes the cows!