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Iconic Facebook game Farmville shutting down after 11 years

Published: 28/Sep/2020 18:20

by Tanner Pierce

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After 11 years, the iconic online Facebook game FarmVille will be shutting down on December 31, 2020. Here’s what you need to know about why it’s going offline, what will be done about in-app purchases, and more.

In the mid-2000s and early 2010s, web games took the world by storm. Having the ability to play simple but fun games within your own web browser, without having to download any applications, was something that tons of companies took advantage of.

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One of the more popular web-based games was FarmVille. The Facebook title attracted millions and millions of players during its time online, so while it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, there’s no denying its popularity. Unfortunately, it’s time is coming to an end.

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Despite the original game shutting down, FarmVille 2 (seen above) and other entries in the series will remain online for the time being.

Developer Zynga has announced that on December 31, 2020, FarmVille will finally be shutting down. The game was released on Facebook on June 19, 2009, which means it’s been over 11 years since its original launch date.

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According to Zynga, the move was done because of the loss of support for Adobe Flash Player, the platform that the game is built on. While a lot of games built on the platform have transitioned to other services, FarmVille seems to have not made the jump.

In the lead-up to the game’s shutdown, the developer announced that the game’s microtransaction system will be shut off on November 17.

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Developer Zynga released this statement in regards to FarmVille shutting down.

While no specific details were revealed, Zynga confirmed that it is working on some final activities and events for people to sink their teeth into before the shutdown.

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While the loss of Flash Player was certainly the most defining reason why the game’s being shutdown, the game’s popularity is also more than likely to blame.

While there’s no telling the current player-count for FarmVille, there’s pretty much no denying it’s not anywhere close to where it once was, with the game bringing in millions and millions of players when it was its most popular in 2010 and 2011.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Lucioball in Overwatch
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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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