The Family Icing Event Is A Joke !!!
When Zynga came out with the Family Icing Event I thought this would be a good way to test the new module even though I thought it was too early. The families were still having issues with it that were never addressed and the stats were constantly resetting on it. I knew there would be people that would take advantage of the event and make up fake families just for the event. Boy, was I right.
The true spirit of the event was lost. Which was to make the established Mafia Wars Families, which some have been around since the beginning of the game on Facebook, compete in an icing event against other families and win some simple loot along the way for reaching certain goals & gain bragging rights on who could ice the most people. Sounds simple & fun right, think again.
The first problem was that some families couldn’t have all their members in one family due to Zynga’s silly 100 player limit on families which they seem to be unwilling to change at the moment. Which meant if all the family members wanted to compete in the event an offshoot family had to be made to accommodate them and 50 Reward Points had to be spent to establish another family. But the problem with that is that those stats don’t count for the main family so family members would miss out on reaching the goal of not only the loot but being the top family in the icing event. No Zynga doesn’t add them together because Zynga doesn’t know what families are or who they are.
Next was there are some families that have a few divisions based on their stats &/or location with different tags on Facebook they are one family and work together on everything but with Zynga they just another tag nothing more so the Family Module is basically useless for them. Again they miss out on all being included together and having all their stats counted as one family and miss out on the loot and bragging rights of being a top family in the game.
There are yet others who are still having tag disputes that haven’t been resolved yet, as someone has claimed their tag in the game that in some cases the real families have had on Facebook for years. Some are holding them for ransom, some are just being smart asses and like causing grief for them while others issues are due to Zynga’s inability to stop certain variations of tags which is causing confusion to some players and families. And there are some who cant register their tag due to the character limitations Zynga has where they exceed the the number of characters allowed but yet on Facebook they have had that tag for years. So all these folks miss out.
But the biggest joke and mockery of the event is that some people have decided to go ahead and make up a family just for the event with their high stamina accounts and then go and put in another mini account on auto heal in their automated scripts just so they can get the ices required for the event and get the loot mastery items. To me that is just wrong and cheating in my book. And there are alot of people who have done this.
Yes one of the things Zynga wanted to do was bring more of the untagged players together to form families to try and compete but unfortunately Zynga just has no idea how the family structure works despite an number of family leaders trying to show them. So this failed miserably.
While I don’t mind someone who is a high stamina player who is untagged joining a family to take part in the event that is fine. I dont even mind the fact they are using a automated script to help burn off the stamina, that would be alot of clicking especially for those players who are fighters. But when you are doing it just to hit your mini to win an event I think that is wrong sorry.
You should of seen some of the Skype rooms and some of the Facebook groups and all the fights and name calling caused by this and other issues with the event. Wars have been declared on some of these families and friendships broken over a GAME.
People were fighting over the use of scripts & bots, over stacking some families just to win. People were leaving families that have a small number of fighters just so they could join one try to win the event. I mean you name it they were fighting over it and it was very sad to see this happening all weekend since this stupid event started. I am really glad I am still sick and missed most it LIVE while it was going on. I am ashamed at how alot of good people have acted this weekend & you should be ashamed at how some of you have acted too.
All this fighting over a game that doesn’t put money in your pocket & doesn’t put food on the table. It is just a game, yes a game. Nothing more, nothing less. There are more important things in life to worry about than a game.
While I love this game, I would never let it take over my life, but that is me. I just hope that when this stupid joke of an event is over that everyone will come to their senses and snap back to reality. And hopefully this can all be put behind us and we go back and just enjoy the game once again and become the great Mafia Wars Community we once were.
This Event will have to go down as one of the ultimate failures. While yes, some families are having alot of good clean fun with the event and it has even brought alot of them closer together. I think all the fighting, cheating & game issues has overshadowed the event as a whole. And for what a couple of loot items and your name on a leaderboard & Zynga for a few extra bucks in your pocket at the communities expense, Real nice. What a Joke !!!