Replied to FarmVille—yes, the original—is finally meeting its demise ( )

“Following an incredible 11 years since its initial launch back in 2009, we are officially announcing the closure of the original FarmVille game on Facebook,” Zynga said this morning. Players will be able to keep making in-app purchases through November 17; after that point, payments and refunds will be suspended but users will still be able to play through December 31, at which point FarmVille shuts the barn doors for good.

The end of Flash brings the end of Farmville. I remember people who woke in the middle of the night for those few months for the game. Seems comical now.
Played Lord of the Manor ( )

You have been entrusted to found a new Manor. A Manor is the smallest unit of land in the feudal system, the Manor House is the main administrative building from which the Lord and his advisors control the land.

You should start by finding an area with a good amount of resources, you’ll need plenty of trees, some clay and some stone. Iron Ore is also useful a bit later on, and if you can find Gold Ore then you won’t lack anything. If you don’t like the current map, you can simply open the menu and click Restart. Bear in mind that you’ll be able to trade for resources.

Once you have chosen the location of your headquarters, click the Manor House on the left panel and click on the map where you wish to place it.

Build a section of road connected to the Manor House, and immigrants should set up home soon.

Don’t forget to build a Granary, otherwise your people won’t be able to store their food anywhere, and they’ll starve to death or leave for greener pastures.

Sebastian Boutin Blomfield has created a game designed to explore feudal life.
Bookmarked Retro-Tinged Game Controllers: BX Foundry’s Handmade Joysticks (Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet.)

From the arcades to the living room, how the controller has evolved—and why one tech historian, Benj Edwards, started building his own.

This look at the game controller is a useful look at the development of hardware over time that has become a part of the Digital Technologies Curriculum. Personally, I remember beginning with a toggle associated with our Apple IIe.
Read Write Microcast #016 – Computer Games, Now and Then()

That data-centric world seemed benign at first — smartness that helped us. We gave up data about ourselves, and the technology around us got smarter.(Genevieve Bell)

In this return to microcasting, I reflect on playing Command and Conquer and the way in which computer games have changed over time.

Listened The rapid growth of e-sports by Dr Sarah Jane Kelly, Darren Kwan, Dr Brandon Spradley, Luke Dale, Mark Azzi, Karin Zsivanovits from Radio National’s Future Tense

E-sports – competitive video gaming – is set to leave traditional performance sport in its wake. Whether to recognise e-sports as a real sport is not the main issue any more; the main challenge is to create working governance structures.

This is interesting listening after reading Doug Belshaw’s post on the rise of eSports. All this discussion of playing games to crowds reminds me of the movie, The Wizard. It is interesting that it is currently unregulated. It would seem that this will be a factor in its inclusion in such things as the Olympics?
Played Command and Conquer – HTML5 (

This is a recreation of the original RTS game,Command and Conquer – Tiberian Dawn, entirely in HTML5 and Javascript. It includes several levels in the single player campaign and multiplayer support using Node.js. The current version is a complete rewrite from scratch with new levels, units, infantry, sounds and explosions and multiplayer.

I remember paying $100 for this game 20 years ago, now you can play it online.