Gameville

Posted on January 1, 2013 9:00 am

I’m not an online gamer. I’m not even an off-line gamer. I have an Xbox, but I don’t have any games for it. I got it for the ESPN app to watch college football games. Other than fall Saturdays and bowl season, it sits quietly.

I’m on Facebook, but don’t do a lot of that. I certainly don’t play games on the Facebook. I know lots of people that did, though, and that’s fine. I know I enjoy some things that some people don’t care for.

I used to get Facebook updates about people I had friended playing all sorts of silly games. I would see where people bought tractors or recruited players to their mobs and all kinds of nonsense. I think I finally figured out how to stop getting those updates. Either that, or everybody I know quit playing silly games on the Facebook.

Apparently, lots of people quit playing those games. Zynga, the company responsible for Farmville, Mafia Wars, and a whole slew of other online Facebook games has decided to shut down some of their games.

They actually announced that games were shutting down back in October, it seems. But I didn’t notice, and apparently neither did Tech Crunch or Cnet, who just this week had stories about it. The games being shuttered include:

  • PetVille
  • Mafia Wars 2
  • FishVille
  • Vampire Wars
  • Treasure Isle
  • Indiana Jones Adventure World
  • Montopia
  • Mafia Wars Shakedown
  • Forestville
  • Mojitomo
  • Word Scramble Challenge

I’m pretty sure this is bad news. The reason? I don’t see Obamaville on the list. That’s the only made up environment I’ve been a part of.

Wait. What? Obama and his economy are real?

Suddenly Mafia Wars is looking more and more attractive.

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