This Valentine's Day, FarmVille is offering a special Unwither Ring, which will keep the ring-bearer's crops from withering -- forever. The ring costs 250 FarmVille dollars, which roughly translates to $42. I'll be the first to admit that I've been coveting one of these magical rings, to the point that I actually considered making a dummy Facebook account so I can gift myself one (the rings can only be gifted from someone else).
Then again, the idea of crops that never wither seems to take away the driving force behind this farming simulation game. The threat of withering plants is what keeps players engaged and coming back for more on a daily basis. Take that away, and FarmVille the game, turns into FarmVille, the Facebook rural fantasy app. So, like Frodo Baggins, I'm resisting the ring in order to keep the 'farm' in FarmVille.