Now that it’s settled- Horse breeding is still working and is now even easier according to many breeders, we can turn our attention to another horse related cause. Calling all Horse lovers, FarmVille is asking for your opinions on what the next Horse breeds should be.
You can make your suggestions by visiting the official FarmVille Forums and letting the design team know what horse(s) you would like to see in FarmVille.
The FarmVille Team knows you love your Horses. That is why we want to know what new horses you would like to see added to the game! Let us know what breeds/colors of Horse you would like to see and we will pass your suggestions along to the rest of the FarmVille team.(This also includes mini-horses and ponies!)” (Source: Official FarmVille Forum)
Zynga has been teasing us for quite some time now about Halloween costumes, a much anticipated feature that will get our farmers out of their overalls. It seems that some people do have access to this feature as a spooky ghost stopped by my farm earlier today!
Even though Zynga has introduced the FarmVille Candy Basket tonight, not all of us have been lucky enough to receive our Baskets yet! Many farmers are still complaining that they are seeing a pop up announcing the arrival of the Basket which takes them to the market, but they see nothing there!
Some farmers are yet to even see the pop up!
Be sure to check your FarmVille Giftbox where you will find your Halloween Candy Basket.
For those who haven’t received their Candy Baskets yet, you can visit our previous post on FarmVille Freak to help you prepare.
As we previously reported Zynga has allowed our gift boxes to stretch due to all of the Trick or Treating madness in FarmVille! There is a candy basket coming sometime in the near future to store all of our goodies, but for now they are stuck in our gift boxes until further notice.
FarmVille Freak wants to know how many items you currently have stored in your gift box!
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a new Co-Op Farming job! Today, FarmVille released Sowing Seeds for Haiti as a new limited edition co-op job that coincides with its latest campaign efforts to help out Haiti.
Sowing Seeds for Haiti will require you to have purchased a permit to plant “Sweet Beets”. This permit can be purchased for 25 FV$ farm cash and will give you a one week license to plant.
The requirement for the Sowing Seeds for Haiti Co-Op job requires you and your neighbors to grow 1,000 Sweet Beets for “school lunches”. The Gold Reward is a Haiti Seeder that you cannot purchase in the FarmVille Market.
FarmVille Haiti Seeder Reward
FarmVille Freak Sowing Seeds for Haiti Information
Facebook Credit Gift Card Image Provided by Usa Today
What will top your holiday gift list this upcoming season? I would venture to guess that quite a few FarmVille Freaks will be asking for the new and upcoming Facebook Credit gift cards. As reported by USA Today this past week, Facebook Credit gift cards will become available for purchase from Target stores sometime in September (along with several other retail stores by the end of 2010). The cards will be sold in quantities of $15, $25 and $50 USD in stores across America as well as online at Target.com. Facebook Credits can be used among the many social games played through Facebook to purchase virtual goods.
A picture of Facebook Credit gift cards (left) showed a slogan of “The quick & easy way to get premium items in your favorite games and applications”.
As USA Today pointed out “this will be the first time Facebook has had any presence in a retail store”. The sale of these Facebook Credit Gift Cards will demonstrate for the first time the profit Facebook can make by their major role in the social gaming world. Once again I want to know, Does Facebook need games like FarmVille? Or, does FarmVille need Facebook? With users being able to purchase something ‘physical’ from Facebook, that will surely display their money earning power in a real way to users. I know I have felt a lack of support from Facebook in several situations, such as security breeches or lack of customer support in general. Lets hope the “10 million active users a month”, or even demand, that Facebook improve user support and privacy options.
We have received many questions regarding the name change that some FarmVille Freaks, like FarmVille Freak Jessica, are experiencing regarding their FarmVille Crafting Building Winery. Please note, not all farmers are experiencing this change yet.
As you know, the FarmVille Winery produces various alcoholic beverages such as Japanese Sake and Wine. In recent weeks some farmers have reported that their Winery no longer produces Goods that are alcoholic beverages. The names of the alcoholic Goods have been replaced with kid-friendly PG versions such as “Sweet Energy Drink” for the previously named “Sweet Sake”.
FarmVille Market Good Name Change
So why did FarmVille make this change and how come farmers weren’t informed of this change? According to FarmVille, its users include a broad spectrum of players which also includes a large audience of underage users under the age of 21. In the United States, the legal drinking age for consuming alcohol is 21. An official statement from Zynga about the Winery name change can be read below:
“…Thank you for contacting Zynga Customer Support.
My name is Steve and I will be happy to assist you today. I
am sorry to hear that you are not happy with the recent changes in the
Winery cottage. Let me apologize if this has caused you any
inconvenience. Rest assured that I will be doing my best to help you
get to the bottom of this issue.
Recently, FarmVille decided to change the products that are produced
in the Winery Cottage. The change was from alcoholic products to,
well, Non-alcoholic beverages. The reason behind this change is that
since FarmVille is a game, we have a lot of underage players. In
connection with this, FarmVille does not want to promote alcohol
consumption among the underage.
Hoping for your consideration and understanding.
Zynga Customer Support”
Here is a list of the Winery’s Goods with new non-alcoholic names:
Sweet Energy Drink (previously Sweet Sake)
White Grape Cooler (previously White Sangria)
Rich Grape Juice
Spicy Tomato Juice (*No Change)
Spiced Lilac Tea
Strawberry Cranberry Juice (*No Change)
Raspberry Energy Drink
Even though, functionally, the Winery works the same, the unannounced name changes have angered some farmers. However, the name changes seem necessary for Zynga, as I’m sure they want to remain legally responsible and not promote alcohol consumption to the underage as well as avoid the in-game placement of legal disclaimers, some alcohol-loving farmers like myself are still upset over the name changes because after all, what good is a Winery without wine?
What do you think FarmVille Freaks? Are you upset that FarmVille changed the names of the Winery Goods without notice? Would you have picked a Winery as your Crafting Building if you knew that it would not produce alcoholic beverages?
About ten days ago FarmVille was quietly pulled from MSN Games, as reported by Inside Social Games.
In a partnership between Zynga and MSN dating back to February, FarmVille was made available to play via MSN Games. The idea was that having FarmVille accessible through other portals besides FaceBook, would drive hits for both MSN and increase exposure for Zynga. It is unsure how successful this partnership was and whether or not it was worth it for Zynga’s investment.
So why did Zynga leave? While Zynga has failed to make an official statement concerning the end of farming on MSN, it is no secret that Zynga recently entered into a partnership with MSN competitor Google, who has invested millions in the social gaming company. Could this partnership have something to do with it? According to Inside Social Gaming, ” Zynga didn’t find the traffic MSN produced meaningful enough to continue running FarmVille on the Microsoft platform”.
As access portals other than FaceBook seem to be of particular interest to social gaming companies like Zynga, “Zynga’s departure suggests the traffic other social developers are hoping to find off of Facebook may be more difficult to find than expected”. Despite FarmVille’s “lackluster performance” on MSN, Zynga continues to seek other avenues of social expansion, including investments in mobile apps, like FarmVille for iPhone as well as seeking access for its games in international markets such as Japan and China. With investments like Google’s in Zynga, rumored to be of up to $200 million, the future of Zynga games in the US market seems to be more than hopeful especially with the launch of the much anticipated Google Games. For now, the big question remains unanswered. . . do social gaming companies like Zynga need FaceBook or does FaceBook need them?
What do you think? What does the future of Zynga’s games like FarmVille outside the realm of FaceBook?
Since the release of the FarmVille Dog, several breeds have been added, but farmers are still asking for more. Everyone wants their favorite breed to be represented in FarmVille.
Currently you can choose from:
According to a recent unreleased item that surfaced, we know that Pitbulls could be coming soon. FarmVille Freak Daremek is hopeful that Dobermans will one day be released and took it upon himself to edit his own rendering of Dobermans in FarmVille just to see what they could look like on the farm! Note, the Doberman as seen in the picture is not an unreleased item. They are for creative purposes only.
FarmVille Freak Daremek's Dobermans on the Farm
What do you think should be the next FarmVille Dog?
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