Firefox Gives Us Another Reason to Hate Farmville

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07.01.10 6 Comments

Most people hate FarmVille, and for excellent reason. When enough of your friends discover it, they are no longer your friends, but relentless, annoying spam machines who have to crap out update after update about how their stupid farm is doing, playing a game that is designed to be psychologically manipulative instead of fun.

But there are even better reasons to hate FarmVille! For example, the CEO, Mark Pinkus admitted that his company used every horrible scam in the book to raise revenue, and tricked his customers into downloading spyware for an in-game advantage. And if that didn’t sound like enough of a dick move, he did this on video!

But all of this was pretty much small potatoes until very recently, when FarmVille forced a Firefox update.

You see, there was a bug in the browser that caused Firefox to hang until it killed the script, execution style, meaning you couldn’t play FarmVille. We’re as shocked as you that anybody who plays this game is on an open source browser, although we guess all the cool kids are using Chrome now, but enough people complained that Firefox patched it and is looking for a permanent fix.

Now, we understand that for other games, this is a bug. But come on, Mozilla. When it comes to FarmVille, making people unable to play it is a feature. At the very least, include Fluff-Busting Purity with the next update, so we no longer have to deal with the nasty case of Wall herpes this game inflicts. It’s the least you can do for the rest of us.

[ via Kotaku ]

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