On the lighter side of game news, a 22 year old mother from Jacksonville, Florida has pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
Alexandra V. Tobias told the authorities she got angry when her son of 3 months, Dylan Lee Edmondson, was crying during her FarmVille session. This upset her crop tending ritual so much she shook her baby to death for it. She told investigators that she shook her son, smoked a cigarette to calm down and then shook him again. It is possible the child ‘hit his head’ during this occurrence.
Wholesome values in FarmVille.
Tobias’ sentence could lead her to live her remaining days in prison, though prosecutor Richard Mantei said state guidelines might make that 25 to 50 years. What will become of the Facebook farm during all this time one can wonder.
Now, how is this ‘light news’ you say, with an expression of disgust? Well, since FarmVille is no more an actual game than getting up is not actual work. But mainly, it immediately made me think of this: Do you think all those organizations out to destroy ‘violent’ and ‘obscene’ video games will jump on the evil of FarmVille?
Oh, come on, Ryan! You did that on purpose!
Since the days of Mortal Kombat and Doom, to Manhunt and Grand Theft Auto and so on, people such as Jack Thompson have been out to put the blame on video games, instead of parenting. The mere fact that this man is pinned an ‘activist’ shatters my idealism. Regardless, logic dictates that the severe addiction factor of the social media giant should now be investigated and frowned upon by these purists.
Yours truly guesses that many an addicted secretary will ‘persuade’ officials that the game is wholesome and teaches decent values, such as farming and more farming. Especially since Zynga recently overtook Electronic Arts in market value, with $5.51 billion as opposed to EA’s measly $5.22 billion, things might get played down in general.
I wonder if Zynga can market this as a Halloween special somehow… Too soon?
Daav Valentaten, NoobFeed.