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“No question now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” George Orwell, Animal Farm

Not very long ago, a stray and helpless penguin wandered into my farm (not that I have much of a farm, whatever I once possessed now overgrown due to neglect), and I was encouraged to adopt it. Assuming for a moment that somebody might actually consider adopting such a bird, I found myself wondering what one is expected to do with an adopted and clueless penguin on the premises. Since I am not a regular on FV (Farmville, in case you were thinking of Face Value), I do not know the answer, but I am intrigued by the colossal popularity of this game. Day in and day out, my now-decadent farm is being paid courtesy visits by lost penguins, disoriented calves, lonely brown cows and the lot, and I am being increasingly urged upon to adopt all of them in a gesture of solidarity with the animal kingdom. I am thoroughly fascinated by this game, and FV-ers will bear with me as I put forward the following comprehensive 5-point theory to explain its popularity.

Farmville is so popular because:

  1. It allows you to psychologically repent for some of the carbon that you have been belching by indulging in an agrarian utopia and turning to your roots.
  2. It allows you to play havoc with geography and geology and scale to your mind’s content. (My friend tells me that he has rivers and mountains within his “farm”, and if you are diligent enough, you can eventually turn your farm into the gardens of Versailles, and still have cows and chicken.)
  3. It allows you to rear flavour-specific cows. Depending on your preference of milk, you can have Brown Cows (choco-milk), Pink Cows (Strawberry Milk) and I guess the regular white Vanilla cows. What can be more desirable than this? Perhaps the prospect that a brown cow will mate with a pink bull to give you offspring that will in turn generate readymade two-in-one ice cream.
  4. It is a very intellectually stimulating game that appeals to the grey cells in the brain.
  5. It is an excessively stupid game that appeals to the void spaces therein.

Whatever be the reasons, my hats are off (or rather hat is off) to the creator, if at least for his sheer ingenuity. (I mean, you’ve got to have something in your head to come up with the idea of brown cows delivering choco-milk in situ !)


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