Update (4 p.m.):FarmVille Prohibition will only apply to certain players; read more details here.
In the United States, Prohibition ended 1933, but it looks like it's just getting started in FarmVille. Zynga has pulled alcoholic beverages from the game, because they don't want "to promote alcohol consumption among the underage," says a customer service rep.
So, if you decided to place a winery crafting building on your farm, your days of being able to produce virtual bottles of sake, wine and white sangria may soon be coming to an end. Some players have already noticed that their wineries have started pumping out fruit-based alternatives instead, such as Rich Grape Juice and White Grape Cooler."Recently, FarmVille decided to change the products that are produced in the Winery Cottage. The change was from alcoholic products to, well, Non-alcoholic beverages. The reason behind this change is that since FarmVille is a game, we have a lot of underage players. In connection with this, FarmVille does not want to promote alcohol consumption among the underage."
Below is a list of Prohibition friendly drinks that the FarmVille winery will produce going forward:
* Sweet Energy Drink (previously Sweet Sake)
* White Grape Cooler (previously White Sangria)
* Rich Grape Juice
* Fruit Punch
* Spicy Tomato Juice (*No Change)
* Spiced Lilac Tea
* Blackberry Explosion
* Strawberry Cranberry Juice (*No Change)
* Raspberry Energy Drink
While it's understandable why Farmville maker Zynga doesn't want to promote alcohol to minors, this change is annoying for those of us who are 'of age,' and chose the winery as our crafting building for one reason, and one reason only: We wanted to make wine on our farm.
This, of course, leads to the bigger question that we've touched on before -- how do social games deal with mature content? Will more social games restrict certain content for people under a certain age, or will these games eventually employ some kind of rating system?
Well, now there's an alternative use for that new storage cellar we've been busy digging on the Back Forty. Maybe we can carve out some space for a moonshine-fueled speakeasy to help keep our virtual farmers in top spirits.
[Via FarmVille Freak]