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Virtual "happy farm" turns into reality
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16:48, July 31, 2009

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First a farm land service called "happy farm in reality" was recently opened in the suburbs of Shanghai where white-collar workers from around that region could experience the real farmer's life by themselves. Then "happy farm" computer game players in Chengdu used this idea to transform their favorite game into reality. As a result a real happy farm, almost completely the same as the virtual one, appeared in Chengdu.

Miss Liang along with other netizens in Chengdu moved "happy farm" into reality in a local village because they found the simple but interesting virtual game unfulfilling.

They built more than 100 vinyl houses for cultivating vegetables, and each of them took at least 300 square meters. There is a sign standing outside each of the houses saying "happy farm"; while inside, tomatoes, aubergines, pumpkins, chilies and other fresh vegetables are growing very well.

Like the rules in the game, people can also "steal" vegetables from fruitful plants, but they must not be caught by the security guards who patrol from time to time.

According to Miss Liang, because of the game on the internet, she made lots of friends. They usually went out at weekend after meeting each other in real life. However, one day the idea of moving the game into reality came to their minds, so they decided to build a farm for more friends who were interested in the game.

They did spend some money during the process of planning and realizing, but the most important thing for them is that they can have much more real fun she added.

Liang also told reporters that they hired an instructor during the initial period, and constantly asked local farmers to help them. When the whole project is finished in August, more netizens can come here for real farming.

The farm is just in its initial period, and they want it to be exactly the same as the virtual model, including the rules and setups.

By People's Daily Online



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