FarmVille Freak Teaser: “FarmVille Neighbors Create Friendships & Enhance Gameplay: The Reason we all need great virtual neighbors”Thu ,29/11/2012
Thanksgiving is over, but one of the things that I remain grateful for is my friends, especially some of my friends that I met playing FarmVille. I can now call them my real life friends and it’s hard to believe that I met them through playing an online farming game. Sounds crazy, right? If you are reading this then you can probably vouch for the same friendships that you’ve created with your fellow FarmVille Freaks.
Could you imagine if one of them saved your life by donating you one of their kidneys? No words.
“One of the great things about playing FarmVille is the people you meet. Internet friends are fun, right? If you like playing social games such as FarmVille, you gotta get social and connect with others. This connecting may mean reaching out to strangers, especially when none of your real life Facebook friends are playing. It’s the basics of FarmVille Farmer Problems 101. We all make the choice to add people we don’t know or get left in the dirt and watch our neighbors with more neighbors soar past us. I’ve met some wonderful people from all over the world and all walks of life through playing FarmVille. Although some have turned out to be creepers, it is those who I can now call real friends that mean the most. Relationships that I now hold dear, created over the common interest of virtual farming.
When you start playing a social game, you start meeting people and connecting with strangers, but it’s highly unlikely that saving someone’s life crosses your mind. I read a story this week about Lisa Miller who started playing that other farming game, FarmTown (Why couldn’t it be FarmVille?!) and became friends with a woman whose daughter Tiffany needed a kidney transplant. Lisa then befriended Tiffany and also began her three-year search to help find her a donor, but she had no idea it would end with her very own husband. Turns out, Lisa’s husband, Chris, was a perfect match for Tiffany and more than willing to donate one of his kidneys to her. Tiffany’s surgery is scheduled for January. These are the words that make Hallmark movies. Seriously. This story beautifully illustrates the power of kindness, friendship, and the remarkable ability of connecting people through social games.
I haven’t donated a kidney to anyone lately and nor has any of my FarmVille neighbors asked for one – but I think I still have amazing neighbors.
Having good neighbors makes the game that much more enjoyable and lately it’s become difficult to play without the help of your most reliable farming friends. Sure, you can still plow plots and plant crops at your leisure, but if you are looking to complete your plethora of ongoing construction projects or finish up a quest without using Farm Cash, then you’ll have to rely on the help of your virtual neighbors willing to lend a helping hand.”
For the rest of the story, continue reading my column at AOL’s Games.com blog here.
What stories do you have to share about your FarmVille neighbors/friends that you met playing FarmVille? Have you made friends through playing FarmVille?