Before we start let me cite what critics have to say about FarmVille. TIME magazine rates it among the ‘50 Worst Inventions’ in the recent decade; game designer Jonathan Blow called it a repetitive and exploiting game; and, others simply call it boring. Thus, it is not just the readers of this post or me alone who despise the clumsy little FarmVille, but in fact a growing furor across the globe is shattering its pride in having more than 85 million players logging-in every month. Here are 10 reasons why FarmVille sucks.
10. Boring and Repetitive:
Getting new pigs, more seeds, more animals, and accumulating more neighbors’ works only for a few days: how many collections of these would you possibly like to have? There comes a time (and trust me, it comes sooner than you think) when you’ll have it all and for managing them you’ll need to keep making adjustments which becomes more boring than remaining idle on Facebook.
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9. Needs to become a Facebook Buff:
FarmVille sucks as managing it means managing time. The main ways to earn coins is to grow crops, harvest them and sell them in time. But God save you if the time for each activity lapses and you haven’t done anything about it. For example, if you’ve not harvested your crop in time and sold it in the market, it will wither away, and you lose you earnings. This means that you have to compulsorily spend more time on Facebook.
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8. FarmVille can be spammy:
This applies not just to FarmVille but to all social networking games. They disturb your peace of mind with notifications each time you log into your Facebook account. Remember when random people kept sending you FarmVille invites, or asked you to buy gifts, crops or seeds? I clearly remember days when I was scared to see notifications that were some obnoxious FarmVille invites.
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7. FarmVille isn’t that pretty:
Don’t blame me for this one. Many people across the globe believe that FarmVille simple graphic design is lacks technical finesse and is disinteresting. The fields, fruits, vegetables and animals, all look gross, and surreal. Maybe, if the graphics were a bit prettier, the game would have held more attention.
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6. Features not well used:
Have you ever wondered what the use of buildings and decorations in FarmVille are? They just keep landscaping the game, without any value addition. It could be made much more interesting, with the addition of a few gimmicks. For example, the gamers could make more profit from every cottage, or maybe the windmills could be used for speeding up your game pace, etc.
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5. A game without a plot:
FarmVille sucks as it is ideally meant for the lazy people, who don’t have the energy to spend their time fighting monsters, chasing cars or accomplishing aggressive tasks in other games. You keep accumulating wealth, and then spend it again with an object of gaining more wealth. There are no inter-games, only bizarre levels, achieving which gives you no sense of winning.
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4. Not challenging enough:
Hardcore gaming geeks will tell you what gaming challenges are. Bouncing balls on the walls, escaping rushing cops, rescuing a pretty princess, slaying monsters: this is what gaming is about. But collecting seeds and animals on a Facebook game is the last thing a true gamer would like to do. The general complaint is also that it’s not “deep enough” which means that after a few levels, you’ll have nothing left to do.
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3. Real world money game:
To all those who’ve conquered levels and levels in FarmVille: Have you reached there without shelling real money? At one point, the game had gained such a popularity that in order to increase the momentum of action, players started buying items using their credit cards because the ‘Farm Cash’ was insufficient for purchases.
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2. Beware! FarmVille is an advertising gimmick:
Believe it or not but the game has been designed to benefit advertisers on Facebook to pocket huge money. The cost of producing these games like FarmVille is almost negligible when seen in the light of traditional AAA games, but advertisers can make good business. Imagine millions viewing ads every month only because they play FarmVille.
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1. Total waste of time:
FarmVille, the revolutionary social networking game, as some call it, is in fact a stupid game where you keep growing crops for months and rear animals just because a few other friends on Facebook did the same thing. Collecting feather from ducks, angelic hair from rabbits to earn a few coins? That sounds bizarre but surprisingly millions have wasted their time doing such things only to discover in the end that their farm does not have enough space to accommodate their wealth.