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Goodbye and Good Riddance to FarmVille



Virtual me regrets the decision to visit my old Farmville farm.

Virtual me regrets the decision to visit my old Farmville farm.
Screenshot: FarmVille / Zynga

Although most of you probably stopped playing the original Farmville many years ago, if you want to get one last nostalgia hit, today is officially the last day you can play the game on Facebook.

Zynga announced decision earlier in September, warning of the seemingly non-zero number of Farmville fans still playing the original game. It’s a little confusing, assesses the original FarmVille first debuted 11 years ago in 20090, and has since spawned Farm ville 2, Farmville 2: Country Escape, and Farmville 3. To be fair, FarmVille would probably have continued if it were not for the fact that the game runs on Flash and Adobe finally killed Flash this year.

Still, while the popularity of the original game has since decreased, there was a time when FarmVille defined the Facebook experience. You will log in and friends you had not spoken to in many years, had given you a landslide of warnings and heck, asking for help on their virtual farm. The wise among us ignored the warnings. The rest of us were eventually sucked into a mindless game of planting virtual tomatoes and carrots, which were then harvested and exchanged for … dirty collectibles and buildings in the game. Some of us may even have spent real money increasing the speed of unbearable waiting times, for who wants to stare at a strawberry plastic for four hours. Some of us-not this writer, no, no sirmay have forgotten to set the alarm and logged on a smidge too late, just to find said crop of strawberries had withered and died.

Iif you have ever found even questioning your existence, wondering why you, an otherwise rational individual, would be tempted to use real, hard earned money on a junk mobile game, you can thank Farmville for that. Although FarmVille did not invent game mechanics as real-time loops or stolen goods boxes, it played a massive role in popularizing them for mainstream. Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds and all the others free-to-play games with outrageous microtransactions in the app all took a page from FarmVille’s playbook. That said, the success also changed the gaming landscape and invited developers to create informal mobile and browser games that appealed to broader demographics.

At its peak, FarmVille had 32 million daily active users and in total 85 million players, according to New York Times. By 2013, it had accumulated $ 1 billion in total player purchases. It is death is not going to leave a huge hole in mobile gaming; it is, after all countless knock-off games that are just like that (in addition to more official FarmVille sequels and expansions). However, it is important part of modern game history, as it is the dubious legacy it leaves behind.

Out of curiosity, I tried to log on to my old FarmVille farm. I imagined that everything would wither and die. I was met with several remarks that FarmVille was dying, and that in order to have one last nostalgic joy, I had to install a Zynga Flash plugin. I did it. I was speculated in several alerts about contests and events in the game that I missed. Everything loaded so slowly. Somehow my fruit trees had not died in spite over 10 years of neglect. For reasons I can not explain, I planted 10 strawberry patches that I absolutely do not want to check on or harvest before this game dies. I was then hit with several pop-ups. After closing my browser in frustration, I remembered why I quit this game in the first place.


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