And Fishville. And all of the “-villes”.
1. Let me start simply. Like any addictive game, Farmville has become such a waste of time. When I stopped to actually think of how much time I spend on this game, between actual gameplay and sending gifts to friends, it amounts to at least one hour per day. One hour that can be spent working out, napping, or practicing guitar. It is just insane for me to think that it should be normal to spend this amount of time on a GAME.
2. After months of convincing from my friends, I finally gave in and did what I swore I would never do and joined the world of Farmville. I was downright ashamed. But I will admit, I instantly saw the game’s appeal. At first, when the game starts you off at the lowest level, you advance at rapid speed. After one full harvest, you’re up a level. You think, “Wow, I could get far in this.” This is aside from the lovely fact that the game showers you with endless gifts and freebies while you are a newbie. You are awarded ribbons and coins for practically no reason at all. My initial motivations when playing were that I wanted to reach the highest level, have the largest and fanciest farm (Farmville allows for much customization – also appealing), and to strategically beat out all of my friends who have been playing for months! My plans were working quickly at first. When you reach level 20 though, it’s a slow ride from there. Which leads me to number 3.
3. Farmville is a waste of money. I don’t care what anyone says — EVERYONE who has reached a high level in Farmville has pulled out their credit card at some point. When you reach a slow point and there is hardly any action occurring like it used to, you trick yourself into paying money for Farm Cash. You buy yourself some shiny pretty new things. After all, most of the nice items in Farmville can only be purchased for a ridiculous amount of Farm Cash that can NEVER be obtained from gameplay alone. You see these amazing items every time you visit the market and after a while you get tired of simply seeing them there. Voila — you buy them.
4. I don’t know about any other game players out there, but I’ve watched some of my Farmville friends get really stirred up and angry over this GAME, this 3D world. I’ve read many a rant in status updates – “IM SICK AND TIRED OF SENDING PPL GIFTS AND THEM NOT SENDING THEM BACK AND PEOPLE NOT FERTILIZING MY CROPS RAAWWWR.” Are you kidding me? Way to regress from being “adults” to preschool kids again…
5. Competition in games is nice, but Farmville has gotten way too competitive for my liking. I find it sad that when I share a mystery egg, it will be gone in .2 seconds. I find it even sadder that there will always be that person to comment, “Dammit, it’s gone!!” It just kind of gives me the feeling that we’re living in famine, all scrambling to beat each other out. Of course, this is an exaggeration of the situation, but I wanted to explain the feel of the game.
6. Farmville puts out new collections too frequently, and doesn’t switch up their gifts often enough. What if I don’t want to send my friends a white chicken or a goose? Once in a blue moon when Farmville does put out a new gift, you have to go to farmville.com to send it. Why? What is the point in this? Frustration is the only one I see. Meanwhile, new collections are being spit out at the speed of light, and good luck actually “collecting.” Most collection items can only be bought for an insane amount of Farm Cash, leading back to my point number 3.
7. Farmville cannot be hacked. When a hack does come out, the game catches up within a very, very short time. To me, this is extremely boring. What is a game without a little old hackin’ here and there? It never hurt anybody. Some of the most epic games that I’ve played had cheats and hacks. To me, this just proves that Farmville is very non-epic.
8. Ironically, or maybe to make up for the lack of cheats, Farmville is infested with bugs. It will become super slow on you out of nowhere, sometimes even freezing your computer. Then there’s the good old “Farmville has been enhanced – please refresh your page” message right after you’ve clicked every single darn plot on your farm, clicked on every single tree to be harvested, and clicked on 60 kitties to be brushed. Which all took you 30 whole minutes. (refer to point 1) Need I say more about this point?
9. This is a minor point, but one that irked me nonetheless. Most items cannot be rotated. After finally buying a house, fancy decoration, or vehicle, you realize it can only face a certain way. Bummer.
10. Those Horse Stable and Horse Stable-like buildings where you are provided the skeleton and your friends must send you the rest of the 50 materials. Those are SO ANNOYING to build. Even if you deleted yours and you aren’t participating, it’s all you will see in your mini-feed all month long. “Please send me this and please send me that.” Unless you of course blocked all Farmville updates from your feed, in which case you wouldn’t be able to collect eggs, kitties, coins, or any other goodies needed to advance in the game.
These were my personal reasons for hating the game. I realize that many people out there love this game, and even love the things that bothered me about it. If you like spending your time playing this game, don’t mind the bugs, and you don’t mind paying real money to play, well then… enjoy. Don’t forget to send back gifts to each and every one of your friends that gifted you, or you might have to sleep with one eye open. You know it’s true.
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