As an avid listener of the Bombcast and daily visitor the site for the past 3-4 years, I occasionally hear Jeff and co. bring up my place of employ, Zynga.
This past week, Jeff made the off-hand comment that FarmVille is "made by bad people" - This hurts me personally, as I have worked for FarmVille for the past two years. This job enabled me to come to live in work in a city I've always loved, San Francisco. It's afforded me a comfortable, steady job, with great benefits, one in which I'm not worried about being laid off after my game is done its development cycle. It's allowed me to move to San Francisco and meet some of the people I've admired over the years, including Jeff and Dave at a California Extreme a few years back. It's been a great and wonderful thing in my life, and the lives of many others.
We are normal people with normal jobs, trying to keep our phenomenon of a game alive. Keep in mind, people would not pay us money or play our game at all if they didn't find some sort of enjoyment in it, even if you (and even us sometimes) just don't understand why they do.
We love our players, and they've enabledus to give back to the world in ways that most game companies don't have the ability or desire to do. We have run in-game promotions, which has given millions and millions of dollars to charities around the world. One of the most rewarding things I've ever done in my life was to be directly involved in a project in which we, along with our players, raised a million dollars to build a school in Haiti. That's amazing. and something that's possible no where else in this industry, period.
I'm not here to defend Zynga as a whole, and I won't sit here and argue with anyone that disagrees or chooses to feel differently. Ignore us, that's fine, don't play our game, because it's not for you. You can even disagree with our fundamental ways of doing business if you chose, I wont mind, as I don't always agree with everything either. But calling us "bad people", is just plain wrong, because I know all of them, and they are good people. Trust me, there are a lot worse people in this world than the people that make FarmVille.