Jonathan Blow Calls Farmville ‘Malicious’

Creator of Braid thinks the former Facebook hit can be malicious.

Posted By | On 02nd, Jan. 2014

farmville_1849849b

Jonathan Blow, the creator of indie platforming sensation Braid, as well as the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive The Witness, said in a conference discussing neoroethics that he thinks the Facebook game Farmville, poster child for free to play gaming and microtransactions and all that is wrong with them, is ‘malicious.’

“If you look at a game like Farmville, there’s actually no game there. It’s just reward structure layered on reward structure layered on reward structure with a hollow center,” Blow said.

He didn’t stop there either. “All they’re trying to do is get you to either give them money or pull friends into the game in order to potentially, eventually give them money,” Blow said.

Microtransactions are fast becoming a problem with modern games, with full priced $60 retail games like Forza Motorsport 5 relying on them to the point where game design is hurt; major mobile titles, like Plants vs Zombies 2 and Real Racing 3 (incidentally, both published by EA), have also drawn a lot of ire for this sort of regressive game design.


Tagged With: , ,

Amazing Articles You Might Want To Check Out!



Share Your Thoughts Below  (Always follow our comments policy!)



Keep On Reading!

Wartales is Out Now on Steam Early Access

Wartales is Out Now on Steam Early Access

Priced at $34.99, it currently offers three regions, each with 10 to 15 hours of gameplay; 550 items; 240 skil...

DNF Duel Trailer Showcases the Grappler’s Throws

DNF Duel Trailer Showcases the Grappler’s Throws

Capable of comboing throws and grabs, the Grappler can out a ton of damage on unsuspecting foes while keeping ...

Jurassic World Evolution 2 – Early Cretaceous Pack Out on December 9th

Jurassic World Evolution 2 – Early Cretaceous Pack Out on December 9th

Update 1 goes live on the same day, adding five campaign maps to Sandbox Mode, balance changes and new accessi...

Battlefield 2042 – Update 3 is Live, Adds Weekly Missions and +150 Gameplay Fixes

Battlefield 2042 – Update 3 is Live, Adds Weekly Missions and +150 Gameplay Fixes

New game mode layouts for Rush in All-Out Warfare maps for Battlefield Portal, UI improvements and much more a...

Valve on “Citadel” Rumor – “Important Announcements Will Come Directly From us”

Valve on “Citadel” Rumor – “Important Announcements Will Come Directly From us”

In response to Tyler McVicker's latest video on the same, the company says "he has no inside information about...

Rainbow Six Extraction Video Details Dynamic Maps, Random Objectives, and the Sprawl

Rainbow Six Extraction Video Details Dynamic Maps, Random Objectives, and the Sprawl

The co-op shooter is out on January 20th, 2022, and offers 12 dynamic maps, 13 random objectives and modifiers...