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Games that ask the player to do nothing more than wait while numbers increase have seen a surge in popularity. They fill a developing modern need for activity, giving players a window in their browser they can compulsively check while cycling between other interests. The fact that they ask for so little makes it easier for them to fulfill a multitasking impulse, scratching the player's itch to feel like they're accomplishing many tasks when their main focus (like listening to a lecture or working at their desk) requires them to sit still.
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Examples of Idle Games:

Progress Quest: http://bit.ly/1Balbn9
Cookie Clicker: http://bit.ly/1CCtQAo
AdVenture Capitalist: http://bit.ly/1wlDML9
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Recommended for you!

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The Waiting Game: http://bit.ly/1ycHwPH

Design Club - How Super Mario Mastered Level Design
Super Mario Bros: Level 1-1: http://bit.ly/UdLq9h
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