Wishful Features: Helping friends in CityVille for personal gain
Right now, I have the "Harvest Bird Feed" quest, and I need to harvest 6 corn. I planted six corn yesterday, and because it takes a full 24 hours before it can be harvested, I logged in today to harvest it and complete the quest. Before I harvested it, I accepted my friend's help accidentally without checking to see what they would be helping with, and my friend harvested all my corn. I was very disappointed because 1 full day is a long time to wait to harvest a crop.
I presumed that all I needed to do was harvest 6 corn, since that is what the quest told me to do. I visited each of my neighbors and finally found one that had corn grown and ready to harvest, so I happily clicked on the two remaining corn that I needed to complete my quest. Lo and behold, they didn't count for the quest. Disappointedly, I went back and planted more corn and now I have to wait a day before they're ready to harvest.
I wish that quests in CityVille were more literal. If it wants me to just harvest a crop, why does it matter why I harvest it from? It is a social game after all, where my actions that I take with friends should matter. Needless to say, I'm a bit irritated at the moment but I'll be back tomorrow to finish this silly pigeon quest.
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