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Spotlight On: FrontierVille Families

Today’s family portrait comes from Mallory!

From left to right we have Smith, Melodie, and Annie.

What a cute family! Thanks for sending this in and reading the blog, Mallory!

If you’d like your family to be featured on the blog, send us an email at pioneerpartyblog@gmail.com.

In other news, have you bought the new Waterfall yet? It’s huge! One of my neighbors purchased it, and here’s a screenshot:

It’s a Double Rainbow!

I’m debating between the waterfall & the frog pond. The only downside of the waterfall is its immense size. It takes up quite a bit of space that I could be devoting to growing plots. But that rainbow does serve as reminder to take it easy…

Same Sex Marriage in FrontierVille

I just can’t quit you, Jack.

Once of the most intriguing aspects of FrontierVille is the ability to get married and raise a family. Players receive the marriage quest right in the beginning, after receiving a letter from their sweetheart who stayed behind in the city. Eventually your sweetheart will come to live with you on the frontier, after you have completed some prerequisite tasks such as building a house and after sending some not-so-subtle hints your way such as baby shoes and a hope chest. There isn’t an official wedding ceremony, this is the old frontier after all, so once your sweetheart comes he or she is here to stay and you can consider yourselves hitched.

Buffalo Betty visits some gay-married pioneers.

This is where the real fun starts, because once your spouse arrives you’re able to customize everything about him/her, including skin tone, hair style, clothing, and gender! That’s right, the game doesn’t limit you to an opposite sex spouse. The game designers have allowed players to create their own same sex marriages in-game.

Other blogs and internet magazines have pointed out that this might have been some oversight on the part of the designers. They cite as an example the fact that  after customizing your spouse and getting married, you have an option to post news of the event to your Facebook wall. The graphic for the event shows a man and wife in full wedding garb.

Personally, I don’t think the game designers would have been so careless (but given the amount of bugs, I may be wrong). Based off of all the press this game received pre & post launch, I’ve gotten the impression that careful planning went into this game, as Zynga was hoping to make it the new family cash cow. Game designer Brian Reynolds has said in several interviews that the main reason the Frontier setting was chosen was because it appealed to both male and female players. He then goes on to explain that, naturally, men were attracted to the aspect of adventure in the old west while women are enticed by the option to raise a family. Because nothing is more rewarding to the ladies than baby-making, right?

The Fabulous Beekman Boys

I think same sex marriage in FrontierVille is great.  FrontierVille is supposed to be a hybrid of simulation and adventure games, and that most famous simulation game, The Sims, had gay marriage in all three versions. This is the first instance I know of where gay marriage is available in a social game. Kudos, Zynga!

Meet the Pioneers

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce my FrontierVille family.

Bessie the Cow likes eating and being milked at the same time.

From left to right we have:

  • Buffalo Betty
  • Lil’ Itchy
  • & Betty’s Spouse, Dreamboat Susie (He won the name in a Poker Game).

Betty is constantly changing her look. She can’t decide on what outfit she likes the best, but this old green dress she found at the bottom of her hope chest seems to suit pioneer life just fine. Hopefully there will be more dresses to choose from soon. They’re all kind of matronly.

Lil’  Itchy wants to be a cowboy when she grows up.  Dreamboat Susie was a Buffalo Soldier before settling down. When Betty married him she got the nickname ‘Buffalo Betty.’ He’s been called Dreamboat Susie for ages, though sources say his Christian name is Mervin.

Hopefully more people will be able to join them on the Frontier soon, I know Betty could use another set of hands when it comes to harvesting crops and tending the livestock. She and Dreamboat Susie are also planning on having more children once Itchy starts school.


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