ChefVille Aftertaste: Bring on the Christmas cheer


For all of the complaints we as ChefVille players can make about Zynga's lovely cooking game, there's still an undeniable charm and addictive quality that keeps us going (and apparently millions of other players). Sure, earning Ribbons instead of Mastery Stars can be annoying at times, as it makes us question the value of our time within the game (that is, the time that we spend earning unnecessary Ribbons could be spent earning Mastery Stars and expanding our restaurants), but since those sort of features clearing aren't going anywhere, why not embrace them?

Perhaps it's just the early feeling of Christmas cheer in my bones, but I say bring on a massive Christmas event. I want to find myself building Gingerbread Houses, cooking batches of Christmas Ham and walking around on Snow tiles instead of grass. I want lights and garland on the edges of the Mom N Pop Shop and Poultry Butcher, I want to see customers dressed in their winter jackets and hats, and I definitely want an appearance from the man from the North Pole.

Will all of this come to pass? Probably not, although it's almost a guarantee that the game will have some sort of holiday event next month (since Zynga and most other Facebook game developers shy away from actually using the "Christmas" word). Whatever the case, perhaps it's time that we accept these events for what they are, rather than what they could be. Earning mastery stars instead of individual Ribbons would be great, there's no doubt about that, but if we spend all of our time being mad at Zynga for not giving us those mastery stars, then we lose the chance to enjoy what's right in front of us.

Either way, I know I'm personally starting to have a change of heart towards these Ribbon events in ChefVille, and if the development team goes as "all out" as I hope they will with upcoming holiday quests and decorations, it just might be the tipping point to an all-new appreciation for the Big Z.

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Are you hoping there's a large holiday event in ChefVille this December, or do you wish the game would ditch the limited time events in favor of more traditional, linear play? Sound off in the comments!