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Zynga founder: “Right now, I’m pretty bored with all games”

Wednesday, 2nd October 2013 09:54 GMT By Dave Cook

Zynga founder Mark Pincus has said at a Garage Geeks event in Tel Aviv that he is currently bored with all games. He then stressed that he wants to experience the same level of addiction he felt with FarmVille.

The Wall Street Journal was there, and reports that Pincus was in Israel to meet with new start-ups. During his Garage Geeks session, he was asked by long-time member of the country’s venture funding scene Yossi Vardi what his favourite game was.

He replied, “Right now, I’m pretty bored with all games.” He then declined when asked if he’d like to recast his answer, and added that he was waiting for a game to capture him in the same way Zynga’s own FarmVille did, and said, “I want that addiction again.”

Back in August, new Zynga CEO Don Mattrick announced the departure of three executives, as part of a reshuffle that hopes to stabilise the company following dropping player numbers, profits and the culling of games on the slate.

What do you make of the above?

Via GI.biz.

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  1. Malmer

    Obviously the man havn’t played Candy Crush Saga ;)

    #1 10 months ago
  2. Gamoc

    Thank hell he and Zynga are working on such high quality experiences then.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Kuppz90

    Farmville In Space, problem solved.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. f1r3storm

    I guess many gamers feel the same about Zynga games.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. foofly

    The new Harvest Moon is out soon.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. deathm00n

    The guy says he’s bored with all games, but said he was addicted to Farm Ville. Isn’t Farm Ville one of those cow-clicker games? Where you simply do some trivial tasks to get rewarded and feel like you are doing a good job, but in reality a well trained monkey could do it too? He got stuck in his own trap! Does he buy cash for the game too?

    #6 10 months ago
  7. diego-rbb-93

    Im pretty bored about all news related to Zinga…

    #7 10 months ago
  8. yeoung

    I’m pretty bored with all gaming executives.

    #8 10 months ago
  9. FatalTee

    It sounds like typical thing an drug user would say after long run.
    “It just does not make it for me anymore.”
    Some adjust dosage, some change drugs, some stop.

    Given that Zynga pioneered F2P model based on stimulating addiction in gamers(1) I believe right now in this statement we see another typical scenario of pusher getting sput out by its own product.

    In essence, FarmVille would be your crystal meth. Perhaps Zynga will now explore different addiction mechanics, but I would much more support trying to simulate the process of psychadelic. It would have been free to play phlisophic journey about listening to colours and enjoying the life. With microtransactions.

    (1) http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/195806/chasing_the_whale_examining_the_.php?page=4

    #9 10 months ago
  10. mixedup

    Tell him to get off of Facebook, and reserve a PS4!

    #10 10 months ago