游戏邦获悉，Funium团队把宗谱融入到在线社交游戏中，该公司首席执行官杰夫·威尔斯（Jeff Wells）及其团队希望能够通过该游戏把家庭观念传递给用户。该游戏名为《Family Village》，将于4月中旬现身Facebook平台。
《Family Village》目前处于测试阶段，仅面向有限用户开放服务，目前有7000名用户受邀玩该款游戏。威尔斯表示《Family Village》4月份就会向用户全面开放，希望到时会增加更多本土用户。对此感兴趣的玩家得拥有Facebook帐号，同时登陆familyvillagegame.com访问该游戏。
游戏邦获悉，著名企业家Jim Sorenson对于通过DNA追溯家族史非常感兴趣，所以他对该公司及其游戏《Family Village》进行了投资。
Fun and family: New online game builds your family tree
Funium is set to release an online social game next month — similar to “Farmville” or “Mafia Wars” — that deals with real people, real history and real experiences, starring you and your ancestors.
That’s right, the Funium folks mashed social online gaming with genealogy and came out with a product that CEO Jeff Wells and others hope will bring to the masses the concept of family and lots of it. “Family Village” is set for release mid-April and will be played through Facebook.
“My dream is to have 100 million people playing this game worldwide,” Wells said. “My aspiration is to help people understand we’re all one big family. It would help the world see we are all brothers and sisters.”
“Family Village” has two components that blend together. You have your city, your money, buildings, homes, parks, jobs, little people (avatars) and levels that never end. On the other side you have your family tree. Beginning with yourself, you begin building the family tree. The two components join because those avatars in your village are actually your family.
“These villages can grow and incorporate where your ancestors live. You can learn about their food, homes, fashions and historical events. For instance, we are connected to archives that have old nursery rhymes that kids could sing, the same rhyme that their ancestor would have sung,” Wells said.
So, if you have relatives from 1800s Ireland, your village could feature thatched roofs and cobblestone streets. You might have a castle or two, or perhaps you would like to add the Blarney Stone for good luck. Then your avatars (ancestors) might be blacksmiths, coopers, cobblers or fish mongers. Your fourth-great-grandmother might make lace or spin.
To kick it up another notch, and through the help of several online research and archival services such as familylink.com, you start finding out about those ancestors through real documents that appear above an avatar’s head while the game asks, “Is this your relative?”
According to Jeff Lloyd, director of sales and marketing, this is where the family fun begins. If you have a library in your village you can even store those real documents, pictures or news articles in library files in the game — just like real genealogical research but with colorful 3-D images, challenging game experiences and lots of technology. There’s something for every age, and the game could make family time a whole new kind of experience.
In the next few months as users come online they will be able to grant permission for their friends to visit their village and start sharing their family names and histories with them. If they find a connection, then their family tree grows with more names and documents.
You can have more than one village, too. If you want to follow a certain family line, you can give that family line its own village. You build the buildings, grow the economy and develop it socially and historically.
“Family Village” is currently in an alpha testing mode and is limiting who will be accepted. Currently there are 7,000 users who have been invited to play the game. Wells said he wants to increase that group with local players and by April they will open it to the general public. For those interested, you must have a Facebook account and then you can go online to familyvillagegame.com.
David Olsen, a company spokesman, said people shouldn’t worry how to start, they are guided along the way.
“The game prompts and teaches you to pass different levels. You start with 5,000 in coins to grow your economy. You can start in any time period, any place,” Olsen said. “I have my great-grandparents in an old world home, the kind they would have lived in. We have ancestors from France, so we added the Eiffel Tower.”
Jim Sorenson, a noted businessman, who has great interest in tracing family history through DNA, is helping fund the startup company and “Family Village”.
“It’s an exciting new game category you’d think would come out of Utah. It’s engaging, fun and an ongoing discovery,” Sorenson said.
According to Lloyd, 7 percent of U.S. citizens consider themselves to be genealogists or have a hobby in family history. Worldwide that number goes up significantly. This makes for a great pool to draw from as the game expands.
“There are ample successes out there of people finding out about their family history,” Sorenson said.
What Funium, a local company, is hoping is that some of those people, and their friends, will take a look and see what fun there could be in building family history while playing a game.（Source：Heraldextra）