A transcript between the creator of Farmville and his first customer.
DEVELOPER: See this?
DUMB GUY: Yeah, what is that?
DEVELOPER: This is a picture of a plot of barren land.
DUMB GUY Yep, I see that. Good picture.
DEVELOPER: But, this isn't just any picture of barren land...
DUMB GUY: No?
DEVELOPER: Oh, no, my friend. This is a magic picture of barren land.
DUMB GUY: Magic?
DEVELOPER: Oh yes. Take this. Go ahead, take it.
DUMB GUY: This looks like a picture of seeds.
(Developer looks at dumb guy expectantly)
DUMB GUY: What?
DUMB GUY: Magic seeds?
DEVELOPER: Magic seeds. I'll tell you what, you take this magic picture of seeds home and come back in exactly 13 hours, and see this picture of barren land?
DUMB GUY: uh huh
DEVELOPER: It's going to have turned into a picture of a full crop of eggplants. And you can pretend to sell them for make believe money.
DUMB GUY: What if I can't be here at 1:00?
DEVELOPER: Oh, you don't want to be late.
DUMB GUY: Why not?
DEVELOPER: Because then it's going to be a picture of withered eggplants. And you don't want that, becaaaaause?
DUMB GUY: Oh! Because then I would have wasted my picture of seeds?
DEVELOPER: That's right - and a pretend crop of withered eggplants eans...
DUMB GUY: oooh....no make believe money..OK! Hey, thanks a lot!
DUMB GUY: Wait a minute! Something's not right here!
DEVELOPER: What's that now?
DUMB GUY: I can't possible expect to use your picture of seeds for free...
DEVELOPER: Well, I did pay $5.00 for it.
DUMB GUY: Here you go, I'm sorry for just assuming.
DEVELOPER: No, I'm the one that feels bad. That's too much. Save your money. Buy a picture of 10 magic seeds for $40. Cheaper. I can't rip you off like that.
DUMB GUY: That IS a good deal. But how much make believe
money are we talkin' here?
DEVELOPER: Well, I'll be honest. The real make believe money's in a picture of corn , but then you gotta buy magic pictures of fertilizer yada yada, and I know you can do it, don't get me wrong, but let's start out slow - you've never pretended to farm before, have you?
DUMB GUY: That is true.
DEVELOPER: Yeah, start with the magic pictures of eggplants. I
know a guy who turned 80 real dollars into thousands of pretend ones.
DUMB GUY: Thousands?
DUMB GUY: Oh, wow. I'll see you tomorrow?
DEVELOPER: 1:00 sharp. And tell your friends.
DUMB GUY: Oh, I will!