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About Free Fun
9/26/2010 12:04:02 AM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

If you get what you pay for in this life, suddenly "free" fails to be attractive ...

Earlier today, a friend and I were in Chat, talking about our favorite online games. He and I both play Farmville [on Facebook] and he is a neighbor on my farm. I had been noticing that his progress upward in levels was much slower than my own. Farmville is challenging and addictive, as well as being good clean fun. We both play aggressively and we try to level-up fast. There are three crops you can plant and harvest to best accomplish this. There are Peas and Purple Podded Peas; both of these give you three XP for planting each plot [my farm has 544 plots], and they harvest in twenty-four hours. They are free of any extra cash cost. There is another crop, Sweet Beets, which also gives you three XP for planting, but they harvest in only six hours. In theory, you could level-up four times faster using Sweet Beets instead of the other two choices. But you do have to purchase a seven-day permit to use Sweet Beets, and this permit costs twenty-five Farmville Cash. The dollar cost of the twenty-five Farmville Cash is approximately $4.03, a very minimal expense for seven days of increased enjoyment of the game, and 100% of this permit cost [a donation] goes to help build "L' Ecole De Choix" [The School of Choice] for children in Haiti.

So I suggested to my friend that he should get a permit to use Sweet Beets and put his game on steroids. But he immediately responded: "Oh, I would never pay real money to play an online game!" And I thought to myself: Going out to dinner [fun for about two hours] costs me, on average, about $100 for myself and a guest. Going out to a movie [ninety minutes of fun] costs about $8 per ticket, and going out to a bar [maybe four hours of "fun"] might cost everything in my wallet [I do not go out to bars because I have no appreciation for the company of unruly drunks]. So, fun does cost real money. Heck, even swimming in my own pool has a cost [sun screen is not free]. Logically, $4.03 for seven days of enhanced fun on Farmville is cheap by comparison.

I discussed the issue with my friend. I will not be surprised to see his farm bursting with Sweet Beets by tomorrow.

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• Internet Funeral - Monday, October 18, 2010
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• Dog Buddies - Friday, August 06, 2010
• Hit By a Virus - Sunday, August 01, 2010
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• Ice Cream Transit - Monday, July 12, 2010
• Smoking as a Hazard - Friday, July 09, 2010
• Social Censorship - Friday, July 09, 2010
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• Hug Thy Demon - Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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