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  • FarmVille Coming to iPhone and iPad


    FarmVille, the addictive (to some) and annoying (to non-farmers) social networking game that has won so many adherents and haters on Facebook may soon be coming to the iPhone, iPad, and Android platforms. The hint of this development was uncovered by a Tumblr blogger, who noticed domains like farmvilleiphone.com and farmvilleandroid.com have been registered by the same company that owns farmville.com. Spokespeople for Zynga, the company behind games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars, have said that they are interested in porting the games to mobile platforms, but have been vague about the timing.

    In the Facebook application FarmVille, you set up a farm and manage it by raising crops and taking care of farm animals. FarmVille launched in June of last year and quickly became the most popular game on Facebook, currently with over 82.4 million players, representing 20% of all Facebook users. The rapid growth in players, combined with some changes to how Facebook handles friend updates, subjected many non-players to an avalanche of FarmVille updates before they figured out how to block them.

    Zynga chief executive Mark Pincus told a panel at Facebook's F8 conference last week that they had an intention to develop an iPhone version of the game. "We remain really interested in the iPhone,” Pincus said, and indicated that he and the rest of the Zynga team were "big believers that all this will eventually go predominantly mobile. The "question of when,” he added, had to do with the limitation of the iPhone as a social gaming platform. "We haven’t seen easy enough user-to-user channels to enable a service to exist,” Pincus said, but suggested that the company would be closely watching Apple’s Game Center network.

    FarmVille had a very dedicated player base, and a highly profitable secondary market. It's so addictive, in fact, that it has caused problems in the real world: a woman in the UK discovered last month that her son had spent more than £900 on FarmVille, taking £288 out of his own savings account and charging an additional £625 on her credit card.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: FarmVille Coming to iPhone and iPad started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. 1hihum's Avatar
      1hihum -
      Well if anything is going to sell my wife on getting the ipad, this will be it. She has been hooked on that crap for a while now...and worse, she has hooked her mom, sister, and cousins as well. oh well, at least I may get an ipad out of it...though I may never get to actually use it.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Oh god...
    1. Lefty-44's Avatar
      Lefty-44 -
      I like the app "We Rule" that is out already. Free and more fun then farmville anyhow.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I see a trend of women addicted to playing terrible games like this. What gives?
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      ^ Because there is cute animals in the game. Lots of empty nesters play this game and animal lovers.. lol
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      Another waste of time game that was such a pain on Facebook , that I decided to ignore my friend playing it because of the CONSTANT updates as to how her farm was doing . WHo gives a SH!t .
    1. niceshades's Avatar
      niceshades -
      lame
    1. doowtsaeneb's Avatar
      doowtsaeneb -
      They should do paradise island
    1. bbillh77's Avatar
      bbillh77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphone8130hak View Post
      Sweet mybwife will be happy
      Does your a wife know about your b wife? ;-)
      My wife is very happy about this hope it comes faster then MMS maybe the devs will let us JBers try it out.
    1. smirkis's Avatar
      smirkis -
      i only quit playing because i got tired of sitting in front of a computer lol

      bring it to iphone, and i might jus get stuck playing it again.
    1. jaylen555's Avatar
      jaylen555 -
      so that means us iphone and itouch users too will be able to play?..
    1. LearningMan's Avatar
      LearningMan -
      I can't help but think it's funny how people get lost in the BS and miss the real point. It amazes me that not one person thus far has mentioned that FV is built entirely on Adobe Flash.

      Unbelievable.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LearningMan View Post
      I can't help but think it's funny how people get lost in the BS and miss the real point. It amazes me that not one person thus far has mentioned that FV is built entirely on Adobe Flash.

      Unbelievable.
      You know Zaynga or whatever it is has other iPhone apps already ported from facebook. Like mafia wars and many others that were flash.