'Cookie Clicker' Wasn't Meant to Be Fun. Why Is It So Popular 8 Years Later?

Why do we play video games? It's a harder and more existential question to answer than it seems at first. The sense of progress? To participate in a story? Because, I dunno, it's fun? If you were to take your favorite game and strip it down to its barest parts, what would be left? 


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/n7bypk/cookie-clicker-wasnt-meant-to-be-fun-why-is-it-so-popular-8-years-later
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How old is IdleRPG? I could swear it was on some of the IRC networks I used back in the 90s.

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