The game FarmVille is a simulation social network game developed by the company Zynga in 2009. The game involves various aspects of fame management such planting crops, growing and harvesting. The game can be played on social networking sites such as Facebook as well as its ability to be played on smartphones. So how does Farmville encapsulate the idea of networking?
Farmville has the ability to be played on Facebook which allows others to engage with your farm and help each other with provide tools and services for ones farm. The game is free to play but also encourages people to spend money on the game called ‘Farm Cash’. Although Farmville has lost its popularity since its gradual decline 2012 the game has fallen from seventh most popular game to now being seventy-third most popular Facebook game.
The ability to play FarmVille on Facebook incorporates the social networking aspect from Facebook into the areas of gameplay. So how do you network and stay connected playing a farm simulated game? You can contact your Facebook friends to improve your farm more quickly by gaining the use of their farmhands or by gaining rewards by helping them. They have also allowed non-Facebook users to interact with other FarmVille users on Facebook to network and interact on each others farms.
Facebook has opened up Farmville’s ability to connect people who are also playing, while having the ability to help other players out in the hopes that other players will also help you. You can invite your friends on Facebook to play the game, although there has been heavy backlash of the constant Farmville invites that people were receiving. Farmville is an example of the power of social networking through gaming with the use of a social media platform.
We can frankly say that the introduction of the internet into our lives has completely change how we interact, communicate, learn, shop and research amongst many other things. The idea of the internet was seen as early as the 1950’s and began to gain traction in the 1960’s through the United States government. The 1980’s is where the internet really started take off with the introduction of the World Wide Web.
This invention has completely change how we as humans run our lives. We rely on a system of internet servers to satisfy our thirst and addiction to social media, online gaming, online gambling and even simple daily tasks such as grocery shopping and paying bills.
Upon researching for this weeks topic I stumbled across an article in The New York Times called ‘Embracing the Power of the Internet’ The poses the question of how we use the internet, the example of the traditional news platform of the newspaper is used. Cowell points out the flaws that follow the internet and its ability of ‘free expression’ it opens one self up to abuse due to its eligibility. The internet allows everyone to have an opinion, some of which do more harm than good. From this article I gained the perspective that the internet should be used more than just a space to put your opinion but rather to create communication and free flow of ideas. I pose the question, are we really ’embracing the power of the internet now’?
The internet has changed how we interact with the world around us, this includes the news that we create that spreads across the globe. The traditional media platform of newspapers has now been overtaken by the 24 hour news cycle which is provided by internet news sites and television channels such as CNN and World News. A research paper by the company Ofcom, researched the news consumption within the UK across four main platforms; television, radio, print and online. The research paper states that within the UK 95% of people say they follow the news, and television was by far the most used platform to access the news. The platform that had increased the most was that of the use of any internet or apps used to access the news, this was a leap from 35% in 2013 going up to 41% in 2014. Newspapers were used by four in ten people (40%) which was the same as 2013. Although the use of newspapers have not decreased within this study the use of the internet and apps in accessing the news have risen significantly.
The introduction of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have a much wider reach compared to traditional print media, due to its accessibility and its ability to be accessed while on the go. The introduction of the use of mobile devices and tablets in the public sphere has changed the way the population not only interactive with each other but how they interact with events around the world. The internet has the power to provide breaking news as soon as possible as well as continuous updates where as the traditional newspaper is only printed once a day which leaves itself open to missing a story or development.