'Progress Wars' parody takes a well-placed jab at Facebook games

Even though millions of people spend time playing Facebook/social games daily, there's always going to be a handful of contrarians. So far we've seen anti-FarmVille posters, special anti-social gaming Facebook groups and, now, Progress Wars, a parody game takes a well-placed jab at our favorite pastime.

progress wars pokes fun at our new favorite pastime

Progress Wars, created by Jakob Skjerning, has one goal -- to click the button at the center of the page and fill up the bar, leveling up each time the bar is filled. There are random 'jobs' assigned to the bar, our favorite has to be 'Tickle the Yakuza,' clearly a shot at Zynga's Mafia Wars. Once a job is complete, keep clicking to finish the next job and repeat, ad nauseum.

Skjerning says his this clicking game is the result of analyzing "popular Facebook games and distilled their enticing gameplay into their core game mechanics. What's left is only the stuff that makes a game like Mafia Wars tick - none of the fluff."

Even though we're obviously wild about social games, you have to admit that this satirist seems to be onto something. Thanks to a regular social gaming regimen, our previously normal index fingers have turned into the Arnold Schwarzenegger of digits, which can click with the precision of a Terminator robot.

As an "aside," Skjerning also says this game was born from "a desire to point out the pointlessness of many casual games." That's where we part ways in our thinking. Listen, if people are entertained by hours of clicking, than who are we to judge? The point of playing games is fun and entertainment, and that can be defined many ways for many people.

To that point, we definitely got a chuckle from Progress Wars . If you want to check it out, point your browsers to progresswars.com and let the click bonanza begin.

[Via Social Times]
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