The makers of Farmville, the popular online social game now have an estimated worth that surpasses industry heavyweight EA Games, who have been in the business for decades. | TechSpotlight.net
UH OH........WE IZ ALL DOOMEZ roll on 2012 >_<
...As old books predicted, we shall see the death of gaming in our hands- until the "casual" market becomes oversaturated, and hardcore games begin to appear again, in the sight of all people- young and old, those people who will also embrace our dear gaming with open arms. After that- gaming is reborn anew, and a new cycle of beautiful hard-as-hell and fun-as-fuck games appear in front of us, so just for the cycle -wich consists of markets crashing and saviours coming- that takes place in a few decades begins again. ...Or so I hope.
Agreed, except for the hard-as-hell thing. One thing I don't miss about the old days is lack of checkpoints and losing everything, just to have to get it again. Others think that's fun because it's challenging, I think it's just frustrating.
Just remember what ol' Jack Burton does when the internet quakes, and the iphone games fall from the sky, and the pillars of gaming goodness shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol' storm right square in the eye and he says, "Give me your best shovelware, pal. I can take it."
but at least they make GAMES! wtf is farmville but a reminder that people's lives must be very very very pathetic.
Trolling farmville discussions. Now I've seen it all.
you're the only disagree i've received for both my comments here...i don't think expressing a valid opinion that seems to go along with the perspective of everyone here but you can be classified as "trolling". i will say that personal attacks because of a difference of opinion is pretty damn immature, however. i don't think immaturity counts as trolling, but trolling isn't the only frowned upon lack of etiquette on web forums.
which EA did to...but not half as much the problem / success with farmville is that its perceivably free, whereas all EA games aren't. i hate what farmville is and stands for, and the owners have blatantly admitted they do everything they can to trick their users into paying as much money as possible over time scum...and its all because of stupid bored facebook addicts...
Considering that some console gamers pay money for DLC for games they already purchase for about $60 a pop, console gamers have no room to bitch about social gamers. FarmVille is free to play. Players can choose to purchase premium decorations and animals for their farms, but they don't have to. You can enjoy the game without paying a single cent, if you choose to. Calling FarmVille players "stupid, bored Facebook addicts" is a bit much, just because some people like to play games you don't.
"Calling FarmVille players "stupid, bored Facebook addicts" is a bit much, just because some people like to play games you don't." Except that the CEO ADMITTED TO SCAMMING. All on video. How are you going to sit there and defend that? It's not about social gaming. Hell people here have been to terms with it for a long time. It's when people scam casual users in to accepting low level crap and getting away with it, so it encourages others to do just the same.
but people "enjoy" farmville because the owners HIRED A BEHAVIORAL PSYCHOLOGIST to CREATE AN ADDICTIVE EXPERIENCE. thats right farmville was generated in ESSENCE to be addictive, and uses a pyramid style scam effect, in which it CONSTANTLY presents new sales, and abilities to share the game with "friend" / a.k.a SPAM SPAM SPAM farmville is a cancer in every sense of the word (business, facebook, gaming, social networking, you name it) but I see your argument, You play it too, thus defend it. its ok, doesn't change the fact that is IS created primarily as a BUSINESS SCAM FARMVILLE is a BUSINESS ONLINE SCAM DESGUISED AS A VIDEOGAME.
Believe it. We make near 6k month extra on selling Mafia Wars loot. These games are as addictive as Wacraft but cater to a larger audience since you can play at your own pace.
and they require no skill or intelligence. ...just a credit card
Hence the larger audience. But at least the MW players don't sit in front of their pcs for 6-8 hr sessions nightly.
i doubt that
I guess noone can really blame publishers for going casual, it's just a way to survive. Farmville is the best example of what the masses demand and deserve: pure garbage.
market is the biggest market that exists. It has brought on a whole new population to gaming. It has also helped create many new developers. I don't think it's a bad thing. It just helps make gaming more and more mainstream. It's not something kids or males do. It's something that is now enjoyed by males and females or all age groups and backgrounds.
Well the thing is, given from my stance, it's not the casual games that's an issue, it's when people are getting scammed straight in their faces, and yet they're overall being stooped into it.
Well there are two possibilities. 1. Bubble. 2. The casual market is significantly larger than I had suspected and that because the games that zynga produces are super low cost and are appealing to this casual market, its potential for future revenue is huge. or perhaps a third possibility. a combination of 1 and 2. While it might be that there is a huge market for these games, projections for future growth are probably too aggressive, relying on continued high growth of facebook userbase.
Nothing special about Farmville... Back to playing Harvest Moon.
Wow. Who'd have thought that some console/PC gamers could be so bitchy about social games? Upset and insecure that social gaming has a larger userbase, and generates more money, than console/PC platforms? Not everyone plays games to develop 'mad skillz' or earn pixel trophies and bragging rights. Some people just want to play simple, relaxing games that have attainable goals. Get over yourselves. Social gaming isn't going anywhere, and the profit it generates makes any console and console game sales arguments moot and pathetic.
That's not the point. Sure, people could play these casual games but the fact that this piece of shit is doing better than one of the gaming industries top companies just gives a bad foul taste of what is going on and what could possibly happen in the future if this continues.
agree if think so disagree if you don't. I have a hunch that he\she (she because farmville market is hugely female based thus my guess might be female) does =)
Wait Farmville counts as a game?
Sustainability should be the main concern. Beanie babies were worth a [email protected], then they collapsed as quickly as they started. It doesn't matter how much you make if you can't keep the momentum going....
What the fuck is Farmville? Is it like Harvest Moon or something?
Farmville is a Flash Based Pc game inside the Facebook realm. You basically Farm. build a house tend to your crops and animals, harvest them, sale stuff at the market for cash. I think. It's free to play but you can buy upgrades and crap. I never played the game but every girl at my job plays this when no one is looking. I play Minecraft when no one is looking. Which is almost similar.
Whether you play Farmville or not 84 million players can't be wrong. That's more than WOW Starcraft 2 Call Of Duty Eve Online and Halo combined. F2p (Free to play) is the big thing on the PC. You play the game for free but have a choice to make micro-transactions for some upgrades. I'm sure console makers are looking to incorporate this into a F2P game. Many PC games do this and of course make millions of dollars. Minecraft has 500,000 units sold by word of mouth advertisement and Farmville has 84 million active users, just two more reasons that PC gaming is so dead. No console gamer can hate Farmville especially when consolers bought MW2 for $60 a piece and it was broken and laggy as hell.
I fully believe that 84 million players can be wrong. Horribly wrong.
" CombineElite + 11h ago Farmville The 84 Million gamer Juggernaut! Whether you play Farmville or not 84 million players can't be wrong. " More than a billion people smoke.....They can't be wrong can they?
I have Harvest Moon on my psp such a relaxing game I don't have to kill anything XD love it.
Farmville is the skum of the gaming world. It's really pure evil.
I seriously don't see the appeal. I also get spammed with this fucking piece of shit all the fucking time. Fuck!
Farmville players maybe don't see the appeal in Halo or Call of Duty or Uncharted 2 or Team Fortress but that doesn't mean they are any less important to gaming as say the future Black Ops player. It's a different genre of game that more people play than anything except maybe solitaire. It doesn't have Metro 2033 graphics or a Halo multi-player or a World of warcraft intergalactic server but it's a simple fun game. (that doesn't even have Killing in it, Blasphemy!!) The great thing about Farmville is I don't see a farmville clone being released every week like all the cookie cutter FPS on the market. Innovation in gaming is rare now a days with every publisher wanting to do MW2 numbers on day 1 instead of just making a quality game that builds a strong gaming community who in turn will spend billions of dollars over a longer period of time. (See World of Warcraft for example) Farmville isn't for everyone including myslef but I'm glad the game is successful as maybe developers and publishers will go back to the days of "how can we make an innovative and dam good game" instead of "we need a GTA clone or a Halo killer or another mindless FPS killing Opposition forces"!! @danielle007 no different form the $60 spent on Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 i guess?
and then for them to feel compelled to spend their money on farm dollars, while delivering absolutely nothing of quality. It's trash.
@CombineElite People also wised up after what happened with MW2, you have to realize.
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