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Real cash for virtual FarmVille cash

Bridging together your real bank account with a game cash pot to progress you further into different levels.
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The game is simple. You start off with a set number of farm coins and farm cash as a float. You plant seeds, plant trees and buy animals then reap the rewards in monetary remuneration by harvesting them. The process continues and you are offered incentives to continue.
For more on this gallery, you can find the corresponding article on the iGeneration blog.
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Farm coins are earned by harvesting the produce you have planted. This is an extremely simple process and can be done on a mass scale very simply and effectively with a few clicks of the mouse.
For more on this gallery, you can find the corresponding article on the iGeneration blog.
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You then proceed to plough the land and select more produce which offers the best buy-for-sale value. Artichokes, for example, have the best ratio for this on my current experience level and are therefore the best to plant on a mass scale to earn more money.
For more on this gallery, you can find the corresponding article on the iGeneration blog.
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Through planting seeds, you lose money from your farm coin pot but also gain experience points. This opens up better buy-for-sale ratios at a later date, offering better value for money.
For more on this gallery, you can find the corresponding article on the iGeneration blog.
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You can earn a single Farm Cash unit by progressing through experience levels, but to do this you would have to harvest and plant hundreds of times over and help out in other people's farms (within your social network). This process is too long, but can be accomplished if you have enough time.
For more on this gallery, you can find the corresponding article on the iGeneration blog.
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There comes a point where the more aesthetic products cost money in farm cash - different to farm coins and more difficult to earn. You therefore have the option to buy them to use in this virtual simulation by buying them with a real credit/debit card.
For more on this gallery, you can find the corresponding article on the iGeneration blog.
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Through entering your details or PayPal username and password, you can instantly buy farm cash and farm coins which allows you to instantly gain more farm money in the simulation. This means you can continue playing without any delay. Of course, if you wish to stop playing at any point, the game continues on the server and you can join your game at any point.
For more on this gallery, you can find the corresponding article on the iGeneration blog.
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Once completed, your farm cash goes through to your simulation balance and you can continue buying products.
For more on this gallery, you can find the corresponding article on the iGeneration blog.
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As mentioned, the more aesthetic products can be bought using farm cash. Over time and as the game developers continue to expand the game, there may be a point where you can gain monetary balances back from the game by selling on your farm to other people. This is just an idea, though. For the user at present, it allows them to make the farm more personal and different to other farms in your social network.
For more on this gallery, you can find the corresponding article on the iGeneration blog.
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In this instance, while it provides no real use or function, adding a treehouse to my farm as integrated as part of the peach trees which do provide farm coins in harvest, it allows you to personalise your experience and really make it your own.
For more on this gallery, you can find the corresponding article on the iGeneration blog.
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The more you buy, the more experience points you gain. As a result of that, you not only gain access to further props, decorations and other plants, seeds and trees, but you also earn farm awards and rewards which offer further satisfaction to the game you are playing.
For more on this gallery, you can find the corresponding article on the iGeneration blog.
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And with all good games and applications, FarmVille allows you to show off to your neighbours (other people in your social networking friends list with farms of their own) how well you have done, and offer them incentives to play their own game more often. The cycle continues until you eventually win.
For more on this gallery, you can find the corresponding article on the iGeneration blog.

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