FarmVille Freak Exclusive Report: FarmVille fights Facebook with Zynga Live

May 7, 2010

Zynga Live - FarmVille

Thank you to FarmVille Freak Libe Goad at our Partner Site AOL! Games for giving us a heads up on this new move by Zynga!

Breaking is up is hard to do, and no one knows that more than Zynga and Facebook, whose relationship has been contentious of late. According to a report on TechCrunch.com, Zynga is preparing a backup plan in the form of Zynga Live, the company’s own branded social networking site.

That would make sense, especially as Zynga’s been pulling out all of the stop to capture user data, requiring players to hand over emails in order to continue playing their games and asking players to sign up for separate Zynga accounts. And now, according to an anonymous source, the FarmVille creator will be trying to get players to move away from Facebook completely, and playing FarmVille and a slew of other games on Zynga Live instead. From the initial report on TechCrunch:

On Thursday evening at 5 pm, we’ve confirmed, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus held an all hands meeting to tell employees that they may need to prepare for a break with Facebook. We received this email from one anonymous source, and we’ve confirmed it is largely accurate:

Pincus announced at a 5pm meeting yesterday at Zynga that Zynga was going to launch a social game network called Zynga Live. The Zynga Live initiative was a social gaming network. Facebook and Zynga has been negotiating on Facebook Credits and the talks turned for the worst. In the negotiation process, Facebook shut off Zynga’s feeds and threatened to shut down games. Zynga in the process threatened to completely leave Facebook and prepared to do so in the previous upcoming weeks.

When will this break happen? Anytime from now to the next six months, according to the article. The big question, however, is how will FarmVille and the other Zynga game fare without the power of Facebook behind them? Would you be willing to go outside of Facebook to continue playing these games? We say ‘probably,’ but we’ll see what happens once the Zynga revolution begins.

This article originally appeared on: FarmVille Freak

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FarmVille Loses 4 Million Players Last Month, Why are Farmers leaving FarmVille?

May 7, 2010

While FarmVille is still without question the number one Facebook game, consisting of a strong 78 million active users, over 4 million farmers left FarmVille last month. It is important to mention that at least 18 out of the top 25 Facebook games also experienced significant decline in users. So why is it that most games are losing active users? Are farmers leaving the farm for treasure hunting and island adventures?

While many people are adopting the virtual life in Treasure Isle, the fastest growing game of 2010,  it is unlikely to contribute to the entire loss. Many farmers can enjoy farm life and simultaneously search for treasure due to the nature of Treasure Isle’s energy requirements. While providing a nice distraction when waiting for your crops to grow, unlike FarmVille, Treasure Isle  and games like Mafia Wars are not always available for play since they are dependent on energy packs. So what is causing the decline in most of Facebook’s  top 25 social games?

Part of the explanation could be Facebook’s regulation of developers, thus affecting gaming applications like FarmVille. For one, Facebook removed third party notifications which limits social gamers’ communication abilities. Many disgruntled farmers were upset over the changes made to gifting, the new collapsible styled newsfeed shares,  and email notification requirements. Another factor contributing to the decline in users could be the unreliable Facebook instability as a platform in general. Many users do not understand this and instead place the blame on developers for issues they have no control over.

While Facebook provides the platform for social gaming interaction, the contributions of social games is unprecedented. Games such as FarmVille encourage routine visits and consistent logins to Facebook. Some people are using Facebook as a sole avenue for gaming, registering for accounts just to play games like FarmVille, Bejeweled Blitz, and Zynga’s newest child Treasure Isle. As the relationship between Facebook and developers like Zynga remain unclear, Zynga continues to add new games.

Facebook and developers need to get along and work out solutions appealing to everyone. Facebook should appreciate the growth and the revenue that Social Gaming has provided them with. As mentioned by Inside Social Gaming, it is their opinion that,

” Facebook and the industry need to see organic growth of some form if the industry is going to survive. Despite what some developers might say, the company does want social gaming to continue to exist. Among other reasons these games bring users back to the site, and make it more generally interesting and meaningful; they also present a new opportunity for Facebook to monetize, via the company’s budding Credits virtual currency product.” (Source: Inside Social Gaming)

MTV asked Zynga C.E.O Mark Pincus about his thoughts on the loss of active players and he suggested “this drop in numbers is only for the  short term as FarmVille wasn’t the only game from the company to lose some followers.” (Source: MTV Mutliplayer)

FarmVille Top 25 FaceBook Games for May 2010

What are your thoughts? Share your opinions in the comments below.

This article originally appeared on: FarmVille Freak

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FarmVille Sweet Seeds for Haiti Limited Time Loading Screen

May 7, 2010

Some FarmVille Freaks have seen this new loading screen appear. Looks like FarmVille is going to keep pushing the Sweet Seeds for Haiti. Like many FarmVille Freaks, I would like to see Zynga branch out and donate to other organizations!

The flags in the picture depict the special prizes given when you donate to this Sweet Seeds campaign. The purple flag is given to those who donate and the pink flag can be shared as a Facebook newsfeed which will give your neighbors the opportunity to “adopt”.

FarmVille Freak Steven's Sweet Seeds for Haiti Loading Screen

What other non profit organizations should Zynga support?

Source:

  1. FarmVille Sweet Seeds for Haiti New Loading Screen – Zynga FarmVille

This article originally appeared on: FarmVille Freak

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FarmVille Unreleased Game Card with Free Limited Edition Item Loading Screen

May 7, 2010

Thank you to FarmVille Freak Belim for finding this FarmVille Unreleased Limited Edition Item Loading Screen.

FarmVille Unreleased Game Card Limited Edition Item Loading Screen

Source:

  1. FarmVille Unreleased Limited Edition Item Loading Screen – Zynga FarmVille

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FarmVille Camera Gone, Unknown Menu Box Appears!

May 6, 2010

The FarmVille in-game camera has vanished with tonight’s updates!

The spot previously occupied by the camera has been replaced with a blank menu item. The camera was used to take pictures of your farm or throughout your farming experience in FarmVille. You could snap photos within the game and then post them to your newsfeed or save them in a Facebook album.

Can we expect a new camera function or some other menu item? Stay tuned…

FarmVille Freak Unknown Menu Box

Thoughts?

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FarmVille New Southwestern Decorations: Grand Wagon, Campfire, Adobe Gateway, Adobe Arch, & Ball Cactus

May 6, 2010

In tonight’s update five new decorations were added to the FarmVille Market (all coins!):

  • Grand Wagon 8,800 coins
  • Campfire 6,000 coins
  • Adobe Gateway 3,700 coins
  • Adobe Arch 3,500 coins
  • Ball Cactus 1,500 coins


FarmVille Grand Wagon

FarmVille Campfire

FarmVille Adobe Gateway

FarmVille Adobe Arch

FarmVille Ball Cactus

All of these new decorations are offered for coins, are you impressed with all the coin options currently in the market?

FarmVille Freak Amir's Southwestern Themed Decorations

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FarmVille Southwestern Buildings: Hacienda & Turquoise Gallery

May 6, 2010

FarmVille New Adobe Hacienda Icon

FarmVille Adobe Hacienda Notice

FarmVille released two new limited edition Southwestern themed buildings, Hacienda and Turquoise Gallery on May 6th.

Both buildings can be purchased with farm cash in the FarmVille Market during the next 23 days.

  • Hacienda – 46 FV$
  • Turquoise Gallery – 46 FV$B

Both buildings join the already released Southwestern buildings below:

  • Crafts Shop
  • Adobe Home
  • Adobe Cottage
  • Adobe Farmhouse
  • Adobe Barn
  • Adobe Shed


FarmVille Hacienda

FarmVille Turquoise Gallery


What do you think of the Hacienda and Turquoise Gallery? Send pics of yours to farmgoddess@farmvillefreak.com and we will feature them on FarmVille Freak.

FarmVille Freak Tim's Hacienda & Turquoise Gallery

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FarmVille Southwestern Baby Bobcat

May 6, 2010

FarmVille Baby Bobcat Notice

We’ve all seen the Baby Bobcat from the FarmVille loading screen teasers, and now it is finally available to own!

You can purchase the Baby Bobcat for 22 FV$ in the FarmVille Market during the next 23 days.

FarmVille Bobcat

Bobcats, native to the Southwestern United States are resilient creatures who although have been historically heavily hunted,  have adapted to their changing environments and can still be found throughout the country. As recently as March, 2010 a Bobcat was in the news for being found lurking in a parking garage in the heart of Downtown, Houston!

Will you get your very own Baby Bobcat for your farm or would you prefer it to not prey on your livestock? Send pics of your Baby Bobcat to farmgoddess@farmvillefreak.com and we will feature it on FarmVille Freak.

FarmVille Freak Arlene's Bobcat

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FarmVille New Giftable Red Rock

May 6, 2010

The Red Rock was added to the free gifting page tonight as part of the Southwestern Limited Edition theme.

Keep in mind you can now gift neighbors every four hours.

FarmVille Giftable Red Rock

Will you ask your neighbors to send you a Red Rock?

This article originally appeared on: FarmVille Freak

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FarmVille Freak ValRiggs’ Tribute Farm to Daughter

May 6, 2010

FarmVille Freak ValRigg's Neaurablastoma Awareness Tribute Farm (Click to Enlarge)

FarmVille Freak ValRiggs sent in her farm, it features a tribute to her daughter who is thankfully in remission from cancer. She sent in the following email which describes her farm and the tribute:

“I made this in honor of my 4 year old daughter. She has been battling cancer for over 8
months and is now in remission. She loves watching me play FarmVille and so I wanted to
make it really pretty for her.

She was diagnosed last year, August 6, 2009, with stage IV, high risk, neuroblastoma.
It is a cancer of the nervous system and hers started in her left adrenal gland and had
spread to her bones and bone marrow. Two chemo treatments later it was out of her marrow, and
only 8 short months later she was declared cancer free.

She has had many ups and downs and there has been days I didn’t even know if I would be
able to make it myself. But then I look at her and see how strong and brave she has been
at such a young age and that has given me all the strength and courage I could possibly
need.I found out I was pregnant right before she was diagnosed and the first time I felt the
baby kick, I was standing over her hospital bed crying, not sure if she would make it.
Then Aiden kicked… it was almost like he was trying to tell me everything would be ok..

I love FarmVille Freak and would be SO honored to have my farm tribute to my baby girl
featured on your website! Thanks!

If you would like to visit her website for more info and to find out more about this disease,
visit www.pray4kayleigh.com.

Val our thoughts are with you and your daughter, thanks for sharing your farm!

FarmVille Freak ValRigg's Neauroblastoma Awareness Ribbon (Click to Enlarge)

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