And now it’s time once again for FarmVille Wednesday, in which I talk what’s interested me in the past week of my favoritest MMO ever, FARMVILLE. Omg I love clicking.
- Spring fever is underway! Everyone’s collecting eggs for their spring basket in hopes of picking up a chick or something else that’s cool from a Mystery Egg. I don’t have too many friends, so I’m still stuck at “Empty,” but I’m hoping to do a lot better on this run than I did on the St. Patrick’s Day event where you had to try and earn gold from everyone. I’m totally going for that Mystery Egg!
- But I’m not nearly as excited about Spring as I am about the three features it seems like they’ve been teasing forever on the login screen — pets, co-op farming, and the farmer’s marketplace. All three of those got a little more outlined in Monday’s official podcast. FarmVille is already kind of co-op in a way, but I think bringing in a little more meaningful interaction will really push the game up to the next level in terms of fun (which means, it’ll actually be a little fun). Especially when you look at what Ngmoco is doing with We Rule (players in that game can actually own businesses and sell orders off to their friends), FarmVille could use a little more direct interactivity to counterweigh all of the clicking.
- Personally, I’ve just restarted in terms of what I’m growing. For a long time, I figured that since I was always near a computer, I should go short term, big profit, and I planted a lot of strawberries and soybeans. But lately, I feel like it’s more worth it to go in on the long term, and decided to do some mass-planting of longer crops like artichokes (and even pineapples, just for the heck of it). After the last harvest, however, I think I’m going to remake the farm — I’ve got a sizeable pocket build up at this point, and I think I might redesign my farm. The original design focused a lot on personal choices (like spelling out crops in the shape of my name), but I think in the future, I might go a little more traditional, which should make it easier for me to go through and harvest quickly.
- You may have heard that a European councilman lost his job due to playing FarmVille too much during council meetings. I’ll take the same line I always have on this one: if playing FarmVille too much is costing you your job, it’s time to stop playing FarmVille. After all, how else will you make some real money which you can then pour back into the game as FarmVille bucks? It’s very, very important to keep your job going — even if you have to let those crops wither occasionally, a steady paycheck, which you can then directly turn over to Zynga, is extremely important. Family relationships on the other hand, not so much. Your Shamrock Sheep will always love you — can you say the same about your wife? Didn’t think so.
- I’ve seen some cool crafts lately, too: While this FarmVille kitty is probably a little too girly for me, I really like this black sheep and this pig sculpture (the second especially considering my pig-purchasing spree last week). But my favorite is this moo art — I’d like to hang that on my wall.
That’s it for this week. Stay tuned next week — hopefully by then my Horse Stable will be built, and I can tell you all about how I did it!