by David Downs
Facebook's hot Farmville clone for weed, Pot Farm, is up for a Canadian Video Game Award this month. Developed by Downtown East Side Games in Gastown, Vancouver B.C., the year-old simulation allows players to grow different kinds of dope in the national forest, combining a bit of “chilled out camping with a bit of gardening on the side.” It has almost one million monthly users this week, down from 1.5 million in December, when Legalization Nation estimated DES Games might be making around $150,000 per month off sales of “fertilizer” and other in-game items for the free casual title. Fans can vote up "Pot Farm" for a Canadian Video Game Award for the next 28 days.
“We compete everyday with the big game companies and powers that be that as you all know do NOT like our subject matter. That is the whole reason we made the game, and coming up is the day that the world is going to hear all of our voices," DES states.
"Its our RIGHT to grow digital pot! Support Pot Farm on 4/20 by making a sign, playing Pot Farm or changing your Facebook status for the day. We may have been rejected from putting YOUR game mobile but we will not by SILENCED. This year Pot Farm is going to have a 4/20 feature in the game, and while we are all coding away to make it happen we want our FANS to be the face of Pot Farm for the big rallies.”
Facebook has also mandated an adults-only age limit to play Pot Farm and has a long-standing ban on advertisements that depict the weed leaf.