If the success of Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, and the Farmville craze of 2009 are anything to go by, farming games have a huge worldwide appeal. Farmville became so popular that the number of its monthly users surpassed the total number of Twitter users in 2009. Facebook grew from having 200 million users in 2009 to 750 million in 2011, as users joined Facebook solely to play the game. Other successful farming simulation games include the Farming Simulator series and the recent video game hit, Stardew Valley. Farming Simulator 17, the latest release, sold one million copies in its first month. Collectively, the series has sold four million copies since the first game was released in 2008. On the other hand, Stardew Valley has a 10/10 average rating on Steam, with overwhelmingly positive reviews. Users say that the appeal for farming simulation games comes from the idea of becoming a virtual business owner. Players can build a farming empire without having to worry about real-life problems like droughts, floods, and insects. Mistakes made in the game won’t lead to wasted food crops and lost income. The games’ optimistic views on farming prompted one user to say “maybe this is what farming will be like in heaven.”
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