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What Makes Farming Games Irresistible
By Mike M. Age 16 from San Diego CA
When I was younger, a game I remember playing a ton was Marvelous Entertainment®’s Harvest Moon 64 ™) on the Nintendo ® 64 console. It the first farming game that I've ever played, and I loved it. Unlike the popular Zynga’s Farmville®, you did not have to wait until the next day for crops to grow, however, there was no online interaction. I remember spending hours of just harvesting crops, buying seeds, taking care of weeds and rocks that were littered on my farm, etc. But since then, the farming genre has really changed, mainly with the on-
The main question here that I would like to address is why we all like them. What makes them good and keeps us coming back for ore? Well what farming games do is very, very similar to what role-
This makes you want to continue playing, until you can get that extra accessory to add to your farm, another plot of land, or a new animal. But right after you get what you want, another reward is offered to you by doing something else. This cycle repeats on and on as long as you keep logging in everyday. That is one of the ways we find these type of games are so compelling.
It's not just in farm games and RPGs where we can find similar game mechanics. Even in first-
As alluded to earlier, RPG elements are not the only things that make the modern farm simulator fun. The part that Farmville nails right on the head is social interaction. Social interaction has become one of the main differences between traditional, off-
These two things, RPG elements and social interaction, are what makes farming games fun. They, on their own, have been powerful elements that many other games can rely on. However, what farm games do well is uniquely executing both of these elements and making it into a fun, addicting experience. And Seeing as how much popularity this niche genre has gained from the very successful game Farmville, I really wouldn't be surprised to see a new wave of farming games to be coming soon.
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