I hate to admit it, but I was addicted to CityVille

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A few months back, I was tinkering with the idea of creating a Facebook game. Nothing too fancy, but something simple and easy to use, with high replay value. So I started playing a few games to see how they worked, what I liked and didn’t like, and to get some ideas on Facebook games in general.

One of the games I started playing is Zynga’s CityVille. Everyone’s heard of FarmVille, and as far as I know, this is basically the same game, but it’s based on building a city instead of a farm. The game really is just Sim City, with some social networking stuff built in.

I used to make fun of all those people who were addicted to those games, so when I found myself going down that road, I got a little embarrassed. That didn’t stop me from playing though… using Facebook’s privacy settings, I was able to hide my addiction from most of my friends. Only a select few fellow CityVille players would get to see my requests.

However, after playing for some time, you reach a point where you can’t really proceed any further unless you either a) annoy the shit out of your friends with messages and requests or b) pay money. Once I got to that point, I figured I had reached my limit, and I slowly stopped caring about my city. Eventually the daily emails and requests stopped, and I haven’t even checked it out in months.

My experiment is over, and I realized a few things. It’s easy to get sucked into something as innocent as CityVille, and I finally understand how some people get addicted to these sorts of games. It’s an easy game to play, and you can pick it up and play for as little as a few minutes a week, or you can get right into it and play for hours a day.

2 thoughts on “I hate to admit it, but I was addicted to CityVille

  1. Can you pls accept my requests for more items to finish one of my many towers?? 😉

  2. My mother is 62 years old and starting this game 2 years ago. What annoys and embarrases me is that she has stopped talking to people and her live revolves around this game. Sometimes i stand next to her talking and she does not even make eye contact with people – her eyes are glued to that screen. Dissapointing because there was a time she was a role model and an intelligent woman, and with this i have lost respect in her.

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