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Chicken Farm(Ville)

Every day between 10 and 20 million people around the world log into Facebook to check in on their virtual crops and livestock on their FarmVille farm.  A fraction of those 20 million people will spend real money on FarmVille Cash but it adds up fast with Zynga raking in about half of their estimated $500 million dollars from FarmVille alone last year.

The idealist in me rails against microtransactions that seem inexpensive but add up over time, spreading products like a virus through social networks, and gameplay that demands your time but not necessarily your attention.   The programmer and hobbyist game developer in me wants a piece of that market.

So, with that in mind, I sat down at my laptop and started developing the next FarmVille killer.  Well, not really, but I came up with a cute game where you are a chicken farmer and collect eggs.

Chicken Farmer (a work in progress) is already loading below (if not, you need to get Java).  There is sound so I suggest you put on a pair of headphones if you don’t want to disturb your coworkers.  Enjoy, and leave your comments below:

Additional attribution for sound effects from freesound.org:

By spazzo_1493
By Benboncan
Till With Bell.wav
By Traveler
By pionium
Chicks very young.wav
Rooster chicken calls_2.wav

3 responses to “Chicken Farm(Ville)”

  1. llxt llxt says:

    That is fucked up.

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By day Mark McKnight is the Principle Software Engineer at the Yale Institute for Network Science. On the side, he organizes Netrunner games and fixes bugs on this and other websites that his partner, Lee Lee, has dreamed up. Somehow he also manages to keep a cadre of growing boys (humans and dogs) alive and happy.

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