Why Do People Play the Social Network Game Farmville?

Everyday more and more people are joining the Farmville craze on social networks like Facebook. It seems people are playing Farmville as a way to socialize with others they have added to their network, as a way to pass the time while possibly damaging their personal relationships, and adding to the fad and popularity of this viral game.
Is It A Way to Socialize With Others From Around the World?

This aspect of why Farmville is so addicting is debatable. Some people say playing this game has no social aspect; while others say it does. There could be some social aspect with playing this game on social network sites. However, the social aspect of this game remains to be seen since there isn’t any way to talk with people while playing this game. There isn’t a chat area for people to talk while playing the game.

The only true way to have any interactivity with the game with other people is through gifting items for the game while using it on such sites as Facebook or MySpace. Sure there are fan sites on social network sites like Facebook, but there isn’t any real socializing going on while playing the game.

Is It A Way to Kill Time and Possibly Relationships?

As with any type of game, playing Farmville can be a way to pass the time when finished with work and household chores. Sure Farmville can give those who stuck in their homes, for various medical reasons or due to not having the cash flow to have entertainment like they had in the past, something to do during the day and evening.

But, what does it do when playing this game takes over your life? Can it cause harm to relationships that aren’t related to social networking online? With any other addiction, sure, playing Farmville daily can have adverse affects on real life relationships. As within the cultivating of the crops in this game, real life relationships need cultivating in the same manner.

Is it a Fad due to Its Popularity?

Is Farmville a fad like the Pet Rock? Maybe; maybe not. With the way the world is leaning towards technology, Farmville could stay in the mainstream of online gaming for years to come. Why? It has been proven that people like interactivity while playing a game, visiting websites or just surfing. Think about this for a minute, compared to 10 years ago, the most interactive websites on the internet were MSN Groups and Yahoo Groups. Now social networking sites like Bebo, Facebook, and Myspace have become the front runners of interactivity on the internet.

Now there are companies like Zynga, the creator of Farmville, that are adding to the social networking sites. The gaming companies like Zynga are riding the wave of the popularity of social networking sites. Before everything is said and done, Farmville may be around for several more years before it becomes part of the vast fads entering the history books around the world.

Conclusion

People are flocking to Farmville by the droves due to its social networking abilities, as a way to pass the time, and due to its popularity as the latest fad to sweep the world.

Sources

Rose Corteau; Need Farmville Neighbors? Best Kept Secret Proven to Find People Eager to Help You; Ezinearticles.com

The attraction of Farmville; Theeveilnumber27.wordpress.com

Farmville’s 5 Psychological Hooks; Bri-lance.net

Barb Dybwad; 11 Million Facebook Users Flock to Virtual Farming Daily; Mashable.com

Online Game Fun for the Whole Family – Claw Machines Now Freely Playable Over the Web

Remember those claw vending machines at the arcade that you would see as a child? Usually these machines cost around 50 cents per play and were near impossible to pick anything up with. You would have to sink tons of money just to even get a prize. Now there is SuperClaw.com, a website where you can play on real claw machines for free. This game isn’t a simulation; it features actual claw vending machines with video cameras attached to them streaming the game to your home right over the internet.


Even though the online game won’t cost you any money, the only drawback is that you have to wait in line for an open machine to play on. The game is supported by PayPal donations and purchases from the SuperClaw online store. You have to register to play on the website, once registered you can choose to play on any machine or pick a machine to wait in line for. There are multiple machines to play on and you can observe other people playing the game while you’re waiting for a machine to play on. Once a machine is available a sound plays and you have a view of the playing area. There are two camera angles you have to choose from: A “bird’s eye view” camera attached to the claw and a side view of the gaming area. There are also 6 buttons to choose from; four arrows that move the claw, a drop button and a camera view button that allows you to switch between the two views. The objective of the game for those who have never played a claw game is to pickup an object and drop it into the chute. Once you drop the claw, the claw automatically moves back to the prize chute and opens itself; you don’t need to move it back yourself.

The website is run by Fred Lloyd in Arizona, a former UNIX systems architect at Sun Microsystems. Those familiar with amateur radio or “ham radio” know him as the man behind qrz.com, which is a database of amateur radio call signs.

This is a very addicting game and is fun for anybody regardless of age. An amusing part of the game is since it’s online only you can find odd objects mixed in with the stuffed animals and toys such as a box of Nilla Wafers, a roll of toilet paper, a can of computer duster, a television remote and pieces of computer networking equipment. You can even send your own items via postal mail to the owners of the website so they can be torn up by the claw.

Sources:

Fred Llyod, “QRZ.COM AA7BQ.” qrz.com