Seeds of Imagination


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Seeds of ImaginationThere hasn't been much lately in the category of interactive toys; cute little diversions that don't seem to have any purpose other than to delight and entertain, and possibly even to educate us while we play.

Enter Ecoimagination: A new site from General Electric (GE), the purpose of which is to raise awareness of the need for more abundant and safer sources of energy and water, and technological solutions to address those needs. Yes, it is an advergame of sorts, and yet the marketing aspect does not obstruct its entertainment value.

To get started with Seeds of Imagination, all you do is plant a seed by clicking on it. Once the seed is planted, a text entry box will appear for you to 'talk' to your plant by entering words. Some words have special meaning that will affect the growth of the plant. Try: sun, water, love, happy, fruit, etc. If a word is recognized, you will see it float up toward your plant. If not, it just disappears without a trace. You may also change the color of parts of the plant by typing in colors.

You will need to register with the site only if you wish to submit your creations to the gallery so that other visitors may rate them; however, you can do that at any point during play.

Very nice, almost tranquilizing music accompanies your efforts. A great way to relax while in front of the computer. Click.

With thanks to Rosalba for suggesting the link. =)

Update: Looks like GE took the site down and it's no longer available. We have removed all tags but are leaving the review and comments up for posterity.

121 Comments

That is so nice! And so much less messy than real gardening!

Thanks Jay~

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that was really relaxing actually. a good de-stressor especially during holidays and exams!

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i noticved there are some certain keywords
(color)=changes color of flowers
g.e.= makes plant get huge for a second
gray= makes everyting grey and gloomy
water= makes it rain
sun/sunny= makes sun bigger-

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Game= pulls up a simon game
inflate= see g.e.

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Wow, this is great! ^_^ Such a fun little game. It's really a blast trying to find new keywords.

Really surprising for something that's technically an advertisement.

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I was so pissed off when I got home today, and this was soooooooo relaxing ^_^
mmmm....thanks =)

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Aw, how adorable.
Try saying 'wormdance', it's terrificly cute.

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"christmas" brings you snow ;)

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Wow...just what I needed aftr what could only be described as a "stressful" morning, trying to do the White Chamber yesterday...Yet another great distraction, Jay!

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And do not forget to give some manure and minerals ;)

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As simple as it is, it's completely addictive!!

You can also change all the colours, by saying "red trunk" or "blue leaves".

Soooooo nice!

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By the way, the "wormdance" is fenomenal!!

As I am not a native English speaker, it's hard to find really original words, so please give more suggestions...

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And give some exercise for your flower, type "joy"

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Some more "spoilers":

winter, storm, night (or moon), how are you?, bees.

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try some of these too:
big
hug
die
hate
friend
flourish
cutting
ice
freeze
hurricane
bugs
ants
worm
umbrella
shade

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or how about "greenhouse"

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hi!this is so beautiful thing! But i can't get the wormdance work..the worm is just walking there.
But happy christmas everyone! I'm so happy i'm in finland at xmas, here's so much snow..AH. And at chistmasday we go to lapland, lovely. Hope you all got as nice xmas too!:)

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"wormdance" doesent work for me.
but "worms" will make them jumping.
also :bug, ants, happy.

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miracle grow
moisture
it accepts 'ant dance' but nothing happens.
pollination
spring
farm

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It LOVES thunder and/or thunderstorms

Nitrogen
Lime
Soil Amendment

It doesn't know phosphorus, potassium, bonemeal, or other common soil amendments/fertilizers, though.

Flower names (rose, lily, etc.) also get a reaction.

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try:

bees
beetle
mouse

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spread
i just want to hug my plant!

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words like smile make it happy ^_^
This is sooooo coool XD

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Try music, then moving the mouse pointer over the flowers... ;)

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try "santa"

also "sing" gets you a little birdsong, some of the time.

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mmmhm :]

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i thought it was interesting how "grey" makes the flowers grey, but "gray" makes the whole day gray. go figure!

also.. the results of "twinkle" are nice. :)

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yea, it does the same thing with electric and energy

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Try "fire cracker."

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hot, summer, spring, fall..

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Luckdragon December 22, 2005 4:22 AM

General growth with optimism, as in:

Peace
Love
Care
Adoration
Imagination

I think jayisgames users should share e-mails so we can have a jayisgames garden.

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Luckdragon, you can use your Typekey account for that. Although I recommend to open hotmail or gmail address by some nickname for that.

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be careful though, here are two problems I've run into (at least on my computer):

1. After loggin in, the "plant your seed" button is still there, just invisible, if you don't want another flower, you best not click it by accident
2. One of my flowers (which was so beautiful) suddenly started shrinking at ANY word I put in. I just recently was able to get it to grow back to most of it's former glory.

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Hmm, none of these seemed to work:

meltdown
Walla Walla
superfund
contracting fraud
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
WorldCom
layoffs
OSHA

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Yes, that is interesting, Thither. But then I don't suppose you ever expected them to work.

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Hi, I Think the whole Idea is fantastic, but I have a problem. when I send one of the flowers to another person they can not get the page after it say's click here to view. it's just not available,just a blank. what a shame as I thought my flower in the gallery was great.
Thank you so much,
Bennyjean.

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Hi Bennyjean,

Does the person you sent it to have the latest Flash Player installed? That might be it, but I'm not sure.

You can try sending it to me, and I'll see if I can view it if you like. My email addy is in the top left corner of this page.

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i tried some negative words like despair, hatred and then some and they grew... amazing... btw, im hooked and addicted in this "game"... i like it! ^_^

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Why does 'holiday' make it shrink?

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im really addicted to this... and i know why... because the number of seeds keep on growing and you try to keep up but you can't... but its fun! ^_^

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Try gum or bubble.

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try

grow

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dont use hate or die or kill because it makes it start all over

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Why are there little seeds that say "descendant flower" but when i click on them, nothing happens?

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Try "dazzle"

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try game its fun

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Try "carnivorous"

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Kateish June 8, 2006 10:43 AM

If you type "Simon Says" you get to play a game :3

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wuk faster June 12, 2006 7:55 PM

to Zenord:

A descendant flower is a flower that someone sends to you but you can only look at it. Nothing happens because it is still just a seed.

P.S. e-mail= [email protected]

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how does "carnivorous"work?

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try "sleep"

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try "mulch"

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why does "greenhouse" make my plant die?

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Dustfinger July 17, 2006 5:24 PM

this game is ROCKITIVE! Awesomeness! lol!

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It's not worm dance, it's worm danceRS =3
Also try sparkle *_*

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I found that some of these words worked well.
Trim
Cut or Cutting
Pollination
Photosynthesis
Neat
Nice
Care
Adore
Lovely
Rose
Rise
Lily
Grow
Big
Bigger
Amend Soil or Amending Soil
fertilize
minerals
mulch
manure
shade
sing
talk (makes the flowers dance around)
dance
love
adoration
amazing
pretty
beautiful
hot

I hope that helps a little bit. :]

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cool! it accepts "i like pie"

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"elephant" makes the flowers shake, apparently...

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Bubble

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spinner, vibrate, lighter (depends on the color),
flight of the bee, flight of the bees,
hug, worm, worms,
night, sleep, smile

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This is all my flower dictionary in alphabetical order

adoration
adore
amazing
ants
beautiful
bee
bees
beetle
big
bigger
bubble
bugs
care
carnivorous
christmas
cut
cutting
dance
dazzle
die
electric
elephant
energy
fall
farm
fertilize
fire cracker
flourish
freeze
friend
game
g.e.
gray
grow
greenhouse
gum
happy
hate
holiday
hot
how are you?
hug
hurricane
ice
imagination
inflate
joy
kill
love
lovely
manure
minerals
miracle
moisture
moon
mouse
mulch
music
neat
nice
night
nitrogen
peace
photosynthesis
pollination
pretty
rise
santa
shade
simon says
sing
smile
sleep
sparkle
spring
storm
summer
sun
sunny
talk
thunder
thunderstorm
trim
twinkle
umbrella
water
winter
worm
wormdance

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cool
fertilize
germinate
dance
snow
music/ sing
sleep/ rest
mature
chlorophyll
freind
grow
stretch
talk
food
joy

try 'game' and 'help'

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try "pie is good" it works for me

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update 11/1/06:
site down for repairs... I think

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Same here, alex. Be up soon, I hope.

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interesting game! so many words to experiment with!!!!!

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does anyone know how to make a curly radiation like thing?

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I remember playing this when it came out. Very fun and relaxing!

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try putting in my chemical romance! i love this game sssssssssooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!

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if you type in "plant" it automatically plants a seed for you

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bigorangedot February 13, 2007 2:33 AM

This is an excellent little toy to play with whenever you feel stressed, angry, negative, high-strung, or whatever. It's so relaxing and positive. Good stuff.

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Some more helpful words I've found:

botany
soil
fun
recycle
garden
eden
flower names like iris, rose, tulip
root
full bloom
compassion
imagined
shoot
polianthes
berries
babys breath
zeus (makes thunderstorm)
special
original
thanks
inheritance
joyous

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try "snapdragon" or "mousefood"

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type in Buzz, the bees dance for you!

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To get rid of your pesky little plant try
waste
die
greenhouse

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I noticed this one worked too...

ecomagination

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I also found these worked out well.

sympathy, determination, believe, and healthy

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Anonymous May 17, 2007 6:29 PM

"CO2" realy helps

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i could play this game for hours without getting tired

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Wow... i agree with shauna (second comment). it is soo relaxing

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samantha July 4, 2007 7:38 AM

This is so funny my flower reacts to

FEED ME SEMUS!!!!!

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wadjet2 July 10, 2007 1:29 AM

type in "live earth"
it is a band that has to do with global warming lol.
some more weird ones are:
"feed me (enter name here)"
"I like pie do you like pie?"
"garbage/trash"(bad)
"chlorophyl"
"aqua purge"(color change)
"sun purge"(gorws a lot)
"kill evil"
"ice break"
"rock smash/rick climb"
"middle flower aqua"

and thats all...
except.... "do you like pie?"

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rysworld July 13, 2007 9:39 PM

what works is

i love you

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ooooo try energy
thank you
please
hello
hi
sparkle
glitter
earth
rock paper scissors
photosynthesis
cool
awesome
spring
christmas spirit

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this is the coolest game ever

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i love this game i already made four flowers

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Anonymous August 14, 2007 7:54 PM

wow it even accepts /cheat bloom, /cheat grow, /hack bloom /hack grow.

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this is the clincher: it can sometimes get my seeds to shoot up over 15 at one time:

inspiration, or at least it works for my seeds

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Cruel words shrink it.

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Really good ones (That I found):

Photosynthesis
Magnificent
Ecomagination
Flower
Fog
Landscape (?)
Rise
Fall (Makes it rise?)

Weird things:
What a beauty! - Brings up help.
If a beetle comes, your doing a good job.

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greenhouse killed one of my fav flowers! nd now it wont go back to its former glory. nd does anyone else have flowers that are all different sizes? it is annoying me ryt now cause my flower won't grow normal no matter wat i do.

HELP

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I started playing this game weeks ago but...

NOW I HAVE TO PLANT 285 SEEDS WHICH I'VE STOCKPILED.

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wanderful

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Padfoot (mauraders 2) October 31, 2007 6:29 PM

try love is our foundation

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alliteration November 3, 2007 3:25 AM

i cant load the game... dunno why..

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Try "Algernon" or "Flowers for Algernon"

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soil makes it grow and so does hows it growing

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andy the gardener December 9, 2007 4:12 PM

shrink makes it shrink
my flower responded to"the love pie eats you."

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Try London. Odd, huh?

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Help! Whenever I try to plant a new seed, my old flower vanishes and the new seed won't grow!

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I can't get it to stop loading. it has a red loading thing in the center, but it won't stop loading... I try everything. I can't make it stop!!!!!!

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Okay i figured something out, if you have a phrase with a keyword in it, it will have an effect, like i love pie. It reacts to pie or My chemical romance, it reacts to romance.

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hmm...doesn't seem to load. It just goes on a loop, saying:
Loading bzzzz
loading mulch
Loading Silver Linings
Loading instagrow
Loading Mulch
Loading Flora
Loading Loves me

And back to Bzzzzzzzzz :(

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I think they took the game of the site for bit...

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"sun" makes he sun grow and "[color]" changes the flower into that color

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mushroom March 9, 2008 5:26 PM

try "shade"

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panic attack

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guess what! if you type the word stupid it grows alot!!!
seriously I aint kidding! Try It!!!

- Felicia =D

P.S My Chemical Romance doses work! LOL

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try positive stuff like
Peace Love Joy Serenity Adoration Imagination Care Pretty Lovely Amazing music smile eden I love you inspiration Photosynthesis 
Magnificent
 Ecomagination Flower Fog
 Landscape Rise love is our foundation

(you can put it all in one submition)

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I said 'Lawnmower'

I still feel guilty ..the poor thing was shaking
like a..leaf (slaps hand to head)

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When you type in:

rimskikorsakov

beetles come all around and do a little flying dance. :)

When you type in:

flowers for algernon

a little mouse runs across the bottom of the screen. aww :(

But cute all the same

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Ugh, I'm propably going to sound stupid but where's the text box?

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lol it likes being asked how old it is and how it is today. It also loves being told it is pretty!

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type in shrivel and your flowers will start to shake

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I love this game...

My favorite words are:

Bubbles
London
Grow
Sun
Rimskykorsakov

Also if you want to change colors, do for say you want the trunk yellow, say "yellow trunk" and if you want the leaves a new color say, "purple leaves" and if you want the actual flower a new color, just type in that color. Like, "blue".

-Marlee babyiee. <33

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Anonymous July 30, 2009 4:46 PM

Try "gnome"!

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Jibun-hime September 1, 2009 3:20 PM

I used to really love playing this game. It sucks that it's not on the site anymore. :(

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TheMusicGirl May 11, 2010 6:47 PM

I can't find it on the site! Why would they take it down?

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This game does not work anylonger they changed it to some eco thing about water conservation

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*sniff* I miss this game.

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Awwww, it's gone.

I used to really love this game, it was so relaxing. How sad it's gone...

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