If Only Real Life Were Like Farmville

Imagine a perfect world where you sowed and reaped what you wanted in your patch of land, where you could have your friends as neighbours, where strangers become neighbours and then friends, where there’s a give-and-take of produce and where everyone is willing to lend a hand when you need it as well as get something when you have a good crop.

Anyone who is a Farmville addict will know what I mean. There’s a rush of adrenalin every time you open up the site and you’re looking to see which of your trees have borne fruit, which hens are ready to lay eggs, which cows are ready to be milked and which crops need to be harvested. And of course, you look up to see what ‘level’ you’re at – and whether you’re catching up with the others in your Farmville friends list. However, it’s a friendly kind of competition and you’re encouraged to go out and fertilise your friends’ crops and feed their chickens. There are incentives in all this charity – you get precious points.

When you have a bit extra to offer, it appears on the Game Feed – so your friends can take a look and decide whether they want to share some of your success at being a farmer and gain a few coins or whether to accept the flowers, calves, pink cows, whatever it is that you are distributing. You’ll find that most of them come back and do something on your farm for you – chase away the raccoons or the pesky crows, sweep up the leaves or put fertilizer on your plants.

Virtually, we all follow the rules because that’s the only way you can get ahead. We never grab from other farms, we never raid others’ spaces, we try and make our farms the best there is and share what we have left over. While we try and make as much money as we can, we never do it at others’ expense – so why can’t human beings be like that in real life too? Why can’t we look at others who are doing well and appreciate their efforts? Why can’t we share our good fortune with the rest of the world? Why can’t we learn to live by the sweat of our own brow and not depend on others? Why can’t we treat life with the joy it deserves without being solemn and negative about it? Why can’t we all be farmers at heart?


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

A very thoughtful hub and I enjoyed reading it. Thank you.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Although I've been fascinated about the prospect of Farmville since its inception to Facebook, I've put off playing it as I fear that it's too addicting! In my younger days, I played Pokemon on the Game Boy and Harvest Moon (which is eerily similar) and then progressed to the Sims (super-addicting). I just know myself too well I guess! Maybe someday I will!

You've certainly sold me, Shalini! Like all of these fun video games, they offer an escape to the daily grind of life. Excellent hub!

Dohn


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

I found that fascinating, since I've never heard of farmville !! Oh What a lovely place to live it would be. Thanks for making me smile, today.


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Sakari 6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Way to go! I KNEW it's a matter of time before you wrote a hub on Farmville. I saw your farm and it looks mighty impressive :P I'm not really into Farmville although I do tinker around my farm once in a while, but I prefer Cafe World, Ponzi and Country Story. Zynga, Playfish, who cares? Hehe...

Great work Shalini, I HEART your Hubs!!! =)


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dusanotes 6 years ago from Windermere, FL

Life can be a real Farmville, where people helped each other. That is, by the way, the injunction made to us by the Savior of Mankind, Jesus Christ. If we will live that way we would be far happier and progress in this life and in the life to come far faster. After all, helping others is what this life is all about, that and accepting the Savior of the World and making life easier for others including family members. I know nothing about this game Farmville,except what you said: You never raid others, you help others get ahead, etc. Perhaps the game's ethics could be and are a great example of good living and drives people to do good in real life. What caught me as kind of funny was the part where you said it was a contest - There are incentives in all this charity – you get precious points. Points? Contest? Thanks for the great Hub. Don White


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Nice Hub, Shalini, I love every your word, so let me answer on your questinon WHY WE CANNOT LIVE LIKE ON FARMVILLE:

I do not play Farmville, but have 5 years of experience on real farm that is still my property, but I do not live there any more.

On my farm there was no animals , because I do not need them (I am vegeterian). Well, my neibhours had a lot of animals, and for animals life on the farm is everything else but idealistic. They finally get killed on all possible cruel ways, so their owners, farmers while killing thrm do not behave like human beings at all.

Because of these animals, owners of farms with animals need a lot of land, much more then any of us can imagine, and a lot of crops to feed them. To grow these crops in sufficient amount, farmers use tones of pesticides and herbicides to pollute land, water and air, (as well as land of "green" neibhours (like I was)). If farmers want to expand their business, they do not behave so friendly as in Farmwille virtual world, so they like very much to "cross the borders" and take away at least part of neibhours teritory etc.etc....

If people stick to the same style of life and do not change deeply inside to understand that they are agressive and cruel towards the other living creatures and the nature, we cannot achieve Farmwille.

Well, I think that I just started to write new Hub in this comment, thank you so much to inspire me

Peace and hugs.


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kartika damon 6 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

Virtual reality is the only place where we can choose to stay or leave!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I don't play Farmville but often get requests from players to accept a Farmvile gift and I always accept them, even if I have no clue what the game is about. LOL. I figure its something fun And, come to think of it, it doesn't take much to be a farmer of the heart, if we all stop seeing the world as "them" and "ours" or "here and "there", its after all one little planet that we share, and if the sun were to get closer we would all perish, or further we would freeze, no exceptions, but most think in terms of separation. Let me stop before I write an article here. hehe.

Nice reading you, Shalini!


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

Nice hub, Shalini! I played "Farmville" and "Farm Town" botht, and found them terribly addicting - it was fun and exciting at first, but I had to quit to have any time at all to do other things.

Was sure fun while it lasted though, and I agree it would be grand if we could all bring some of that oy into our real lives!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Thank you, Hello hello.

Dohn - yes, it is escapism and so thoroughly enjoyable!

Dim - yes, rather Utopian and great fun!

Sakari - hehe - how well you know me! And no, I'm not joining any more Zynga or others - I'm an addict sweetie :)

Don - yes, it can and Love can be the only answer. The points, now - they're not as much competitive as a feel good factor :)

Tatjana - I do hope you write a hub on it. Yes, so many farms are cruel but one can run a farm that isn't. Without killing, without pesticides, with a lot of caring for the animals. If only mankind didn't see everything in terms of money :(

Kartika - so true!

VioletSun - I hope I haven't been guilty of that :) Thanks for reading, as always!

RedElf - Yes, it's addictive and I need to pull myself away to work so I quite understand :)


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Red_Dragon 6 years ago

I keep hearing about Farmville, is it really that addicting? This a very nice article by the way.


iamcoolguy 6 years ago

Hahahahah. Stop playing this game darn it. Go get a life. Or make money online. The only reason why I never touch Facebook Apps is this: it gonna make me addicted in no time (used to be a hardcore PC game player :p)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Nice hub. I'm at least "growing" interest.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

what a nice hub. I guess in some respects, some parts of the world are like this. I play Farmtown and love it, and you're so right about first opening the game! I love to see the trees ready for harvest and all of the different fields at various stages of growth. It's nice to know that we can make money by helping others. It is relaxing. nice to read, shalini.


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

What a sweet Hub. Yes, we both with the world was fair and everybody followed the rules. Wouldn't that be nice.

Neither of us plays Farmville because in common with some of the commentators above, we know we would end up spending hours playing!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Red Dragon - I assure you it is - very :)

iamcoolguy - too late, I'm afraid!

Micky Dee - thank you!

rebekahELLE - I started Farm Town too but got addicted to FV. Yes, it is relaxing and it feels good!

2patricias - yes, it's a simple, sweet escapist world and oh, so addictive!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

My children play farmville and they would always compare notes about it. Fortunately (or unfortunately?) I have no facebook account so I just enjoy their game vicariously.

But I agree with you - it would really be perfect if we have a world like farmville!

Thanks for this hub Shalini. I enjoyed it!


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Henrietta Chloe 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Loved your hub! I used to play Farmville a lot...until I grew tired of clicking all day (after I expanded the farm twice). Maybe I'll play it again one day. Well, just to turn it into a Japanese garden look-a-like! *laughs*


martinkono 6 years ago

Very nice utopian vision. Everything is growing, everyone is happy. However such a life would be eventually boring. Perfect world is not really perfect. Although I enjoyed your hub.


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peggypat 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Hi! I love farmville and for the very reasons you mentioned. Its a lovely world where hard work is rewarded and its easy to reap and sow!! It's such a well designed game that it really is addictive. But I also just love looking at my pretty farm. Thanks for your post!!!!


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Awhile ago I asked my Facebook friends what all the hype was about FarmVille. Your analogy describing this world to that of the peaceful world of FarmVille where people-strangers-just help out one another for the good of the land and for others...well it explains it all! I have lived on a farm for several years and in the real world it is far too often the very opposite as you described this virtual FarmVille....Perhaps I’ll get sucked in after all! Love this hub!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Jill - great to know you follow your children's Farmville games :)

Henrietta - I've been thinking of taking a break - but haven't been able to till now!

martinkono - boring? maybe perfection might make real life boring! But right now, as a game, the utopian nature is attractive!

peggypat - yes, it is. What I like most of all is that no animals are harmed or killed - all we reap is what is naturally offered in its time.

Ann - true - the real world can be so different. If only.....


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Hope Wilbanks 6 years ago from Louisiana

Cute. :) And I know exactly what you mean.


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Amanda Severn 6 years ago from UK

I've never played Farmville, Shalini, but it sounds blissful. How lovely if we really were all farmers, and everyone cared and shared.


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

It would be wonderful - no war, homelessness, and food enough for everyone...it is sad that we don't live in a 'perfect world'...


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Hope - you're an FV addict too? Thanks for reading.

Amanda - it really is and there's such a feel-good factor about it.

Enelle - so sad, isn't it? One can only dream, that maybe someday....


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Somesh Dutt 6 years ago from India

Very sweetly written hub, ma'am. Well unfortunately nature doesn't allow the world to be a perfect one. But in a way by playing farmville those small gestures of giving, helping etc. do get registered in some minds which can also get manifested in the real world.


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stephensaldana 6 years ago from Chicago

Thought Provoking Hub!!!!!! We all should become farmers by heart. The contents presented in very conducive way and presentation is of par excellence. Thanks a lot for providing such an interesting hub.


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Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I swear when I'm done with Mafia Wars and living a life of crime I'm gonna be a farmer and be your neighbor! Haha

And this hub had to be written of course by a "tree hugger" who keeps on discovering "mysterious eggs"! :D


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

I only read this because it was written by you, Shal! :)

I can't understand these bucolic leanings that so many of you seem to have discovered...all those hens and cows and horses that have captured your fancy! But farm on...who am I to put a damper on your joie de vivre? :P


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kaloomba 6 years ago

Shalini.. It is the greed and jealousy inside mankind that doesn't allow for such a real place.

However, each of us can choose to be as kind or generous to others at anytime, thereby creating as much of a Farmville as is possible in this world.

This is what Jesus came to teach us. Each of must do their part by sowing seeds of love, regardless of what other types of seed someone else might be out planting.


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

My life as a child was Farmville, the real, not the fantasy. There are places here in the US where Farmville exists in reality; I'm sure that's true for India too, and China, and Romania, and Peru and pockets all over the world.

My aunt Katie lives in Farmville, where my roots are. In the 150 years since her "Farmville" was founded in Ohio in the USA, it has not changed. Chickens are bartered for beef, neighbors build barns for others, and a kind of subterranean economy along with an interdependence of like-minded folks take care of all needs.

I know, as some of your commenters have said, that if I got involved in the Farmville Internet experience, I would become addicted. In reality, what I should do is move in with Aunt Katie...that's real.

Farmville is a brilliant Internet experience. And in some places, it is real.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Somesh - I do hope these qualities migrate from the virtual to the real world :)

Thank you, stephensaldanha. I do wish we could be farmers at heart too!

Cris - you mafia man, you! Think you'll be able to settle down to a peaceful farmer's life after that kind of excitement?? :D

FP- there are cats or rather cute kittens too - so those should interest you :D

kaloomba - how very true....'sowing seeds of love'...I love the idea!

Sally's Trove - yes, there are and because of these idyllic pockets is why we can hold out the hope that someday we can have the world being a perfect Farmville. Here's to your wonderful Aunt Kate - may her tribe increase!

Thanks all for reading!


Tony 6 years ago

I feel like I live on Farmville, my daughter is online playing it all day long.


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

I got so caught up in those FB games, I had to take a break. At least at Hubpages, I'm doing something more productive and meaningful.


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

I always wondered what this game was like. I bet I would get addicted as I have a addictive nature lol.


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rosebea 6 years ago

Interesting. I used to be obsessed with farmville, though now, thankfully, I'm less addicted


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Tony - hope it makes you feel good :)

lovelypaper - I agree - it can be awfully time-consuming!

BP - you'd love it!

rosebea - must have been quite an effort to pull yourself away!


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

I have not heard of Farmville but I am on Facebook so I guess I will have to look into it- maybe this is what my niece keeps sending me, lol. I, too, do not need another online addiction. I have vowed to stop sitting so much and to have a more balanced life, haha.

So I wonder if in Farmville there are groups who think they know the right way to do things and try to convince others to go their way? Or do they let you make and learn from your own mistakes? Or are there mistakes? Is it human nature to try and dictate to others how things should be done? Is this a parent-complex sort of thing? haha You really make me wonder about life by discussing this game. Good one as always, Shalini!


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rosebea 6 years ago

Shalini Kagal - It was hard, but I managed :) Though its especially tempting when you see of your friends' wall posts about farmville...


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Storytellersrus - The great thing is, there's no right way. The farm is just what you want it to be - and you can ask others to help or help others. No one tries to dictate how things should be done - you are the only one who decides - isn't that great? :)

rosebea - let me know how you did it :)...thanks for coming by and reading.


4TimesAYear 6 years ago

Nice government takeover plan; as long as everyone is busy talking about what they are doing on Farmville, no one is dealing with anything connected to reality...


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

A conspiracy, you think?? :)


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quicksand 6 years ago

Well, Shal, Great hub indeed. Reminds me of the collective farms in the days of communism in the USSR. These collective farms known at that time as "Kolxoz" were not total failures either. :)

Forward to Utopia! Shal for President! :) Cheers!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Hi there quicksand! Utopian farming - sounds good - the prez bit doesn't LOL!


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Art 4 Life 6 years ago from in the middle of nowhere....

I live in Farmville...LOL...enjoyed the hub, and yes, you can live like that...


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Art 4 Life - yes, we can - if we only try :)


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I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 6 years ago

This is awesome and somehow...I have accidentally fallen in! Though, I'm not so FB savvy and do not spend so much time.. I feel the love from my close friends..Lovely.. It is a beautiful concept and a lovely way to keep our intentions to giving and growing together.. even if 'life' shall not always mirror it (there are places that have the vibe and maybe do) :)..hmmm.. maybe I'll look you up! hehe.. Thanks Shalini!


poetlorraine 6 years ago

i will look you up too, in fact i think we have already connected.... interesting hub


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

invictus and poetlorraine - both of you, too? Do look me up - I promise to send you farm gifts every single day :)


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Really enjoy your stuff. Thanks for the comment on my post, Stories Of A Dumb A$$


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Thank you samboiam!


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Or mafia wars. Haha, so easy to be successful. Kind of a new business plan. I am thinking of growing some weed on farmville to sell on mafia wars. Ok, just kidding. I don't play either game, but I know people who love them.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

If you did, it would probably morph into a 'joy to the world' weed or something! Might prove a bit uncomfortable in the Mafia Wars set up haha!


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Lovely hub Shalini and like you I visualize a peaceful world or at least one with "pockets" and "pockets" of places like Farmville. Many of my Facebook friends are Farmville addicts and I'm happy they're enjoying the experience. I must say it now takes me a while to scroll past their Farmville adventures which can be tiresome if you're not enrolled!

I'm with Lovelypaper - One addiction is all I can handle..I make my contributions and express my thanks here on Hubpages and I certainly get a happy jolt if my Hubscore goes up a notch. I think the big advantage HP has over FV for me is that there's a chance I can make a tangible, positive difference in the lives of my readers by sharing my knowledge and life experiences. I think many many Hubbers (you included) make a strong contribution to a better world.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Hi Green Lotus - I just got a lovely bunch of lotus flowers in Farmville and thought of you :)

I have to agree that it's annoying when the FV posts clutter up your home page - I never publish them - am sure my friends will slaughter me if they have to plough through every one of my FV adventures haha!

Yes, HP is more interactive but I also love the non-violent and helpful life at FV! Thanks so much for reading.


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cbris52 6 years ago

I too have put off to this day playing farmville but I know it's only a matter of time before I bite the bullet and join in on the fun... It was the same with me and fantasy football... very addicting once I started. Great Hub!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Bite the bullet, cbris52 - it's great fun!


Farmviller 6 years ago

While this virtual utopia is a nice place to play........lets remember that you are not "able" to raid each others farms, and steal your neighbors chickens......if the game allowed it...........trust me, people would. Because even in a virtual world, humans are still human.

PS. I love farmville and play everyday. It's a nice escape.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Yes, maybe we all love it so much because it's so utopian and maybe it appeals to the nicer side of all of us :) I do agree with you that if it hadn't been so 'nice' maybe we would have been more human and put down our neighbours any way we could! I'm so glad we can't simply because for me at least, it keeps my wicked side in control :D I play everyday too and as you say, it's a great escape!


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Laila Rajaratnam 6 years ago from India

Shalini..I totally agree with this wonderful hub!I've had the same sentiments while playing Farmville! And, oh is'nt it just soooo peaceful and beautiful in our farms!:)


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Thanks Laila - it really fosters the better side of people, doesn't it? I'm amazed at how helpful neighbours can be!

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