For countless users, spending hours playing Facebook’s FarmVille application sure is fun. But imagine their reaction if they got the chance to play it on a real, live farm.
Come to think of it, these people spend a lot of time (not to mention money) on working in a virtual farm. For a change, why not just channel their efforts on something more ” real.
Now, you can actually work on a real farm, decide on what crops to produce, what animals to raise, all these done in the comforts of your home. For only $48 (a one-time deal).
Let us hope that the chickens and cows will be all right in your hands.
The UK National Trust chose a 2,500-acre farmland to serve as a test bed for their experimental online program on farm-raising. Called MyFarm, the project aims to teach its members the basics of farming, and of how to raise animals and crops for consumption or sale. This program also seeks to examine the effects of group thinking on the performance of the farm.
Participants get to decide on every major issue in farm-raising through voting. Of course, their choices are based on what the moderators (called farm managers) put up on their site. This means that the game participants cannot just pull up one kind of crop to raise pigs in the same area.
Whether it is feasible in the long run remains to be seen. After all, real-life farming takes time to produce any results at all. Still, the organizers believe this will serve as a sort of educational and learning center for people who have never experienced farming before.