PHPVille almost released today

Today Facebook released a HipHop l33t shizznizzle of a tool for PHP but sadly it’s not the PHPVille I was hoping for. PHPVille is probably a game that encourages PHP community members to work on the PHP project (over at Much like FarmVille, users simply cannot stop playing!

Possible game features:

  • Each SVN commit builds up your worth
  • Not tending to or feeding your PECL extensions will result in them drying up and dying
  • Dead PECL extensions may live on as zombies, as once in awhile people will resurrect them
  • Eventually you may purchase things like an email address, and karma for other SVN repositories
  • Neighbors share and improve each others code
  • Future enhancement: The selling of karma, in bulk
  • Future enhancement: When Oracle purchases PHP, you’ll be rich! [in PHPVille cash]

PHPVille members often discuss matters within the #php.pecl and #php.doc IRC channels on EFnet, or on the various mailing lists.

If you have other PHPVille ideas then please post them here and we’ll create the best facebook application ever! Also, thanks to Ralph and Ilia for discussing this on IRC and offering some of the ideas above. :)

12 Comments to “PHPVille almost released today”

  1. CJ 3 February 2010 at 01:32 #

    Doc SVN commits are worth twice those of code commits ?

  2. dschreck 3 February 2010 at 08:18 #

    hey, sounds like a winner, let me know if i can help!
    (a lead tech at zynga (the makers of farmville))

  3. Diogo 3 February 2010 at 10:41 #

    Can we have those cute little animals just like FarmVille?


  4. Philip 3 February 2010 at 20:34 #

    Sure, I’m okay with that ;)

  5. Philip 3 February 2010 at 20:38 #

    Maybe we need a cute little PHP animal within Farmville itself, like a PHP elephant. This elephant is earned after the initial commit to the PHP project, and it grows with each additional commit. Yes! :)

  6. Philip 3 February 2010 at 20:39 #

    After enough commits I’m sure you’ll eventually find yourself with a PHP elephant!

  7. dschreck 3 February 2010 at 21:29 #

    I’ll mention it to one of the PM’s :)

  8. till 15 February 2010 at 14:32 #

    I really hate farmville and the notifications and the invites. >:(

  9. mikelietz 16 February 2010 at 05:35 #

    Not to steal potential contributions away from PHP, but what if PHP-based projects could also join up, with the ‘core’ quests of svn commits, etc, but also add on project-specific ones?

  10. Philip 17 February 2010 at 03:05 #

    If such a game really existed then that would be a fantastic idea! But ultimately the whole idea of PHPVille existing borders on crazy… or does it? :)

  11. Philip 17 February 2010 at 03:06 #

    Now that we’ve secured your email address, you’ll for sure be one of the first (and most frequently) invited members… ;)

  12. demon spin 20 February 2011 at 17:07 #

    would you please check your posts size in chrome browser? i think something is not right

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