You seem to have tunnel vision when minigames are mentioned…
The Solution: Both problems need to be replaced with some form of interactive duration event. now this might be mini-games, action timers, or something else, I'm not quite sure what and this is the point of this thread. Lets have your ideas what would make these aspects of the game more interactive and more fun! thus giving people a reason to log in and actually interact!

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At no point in that did I say I like nor dislike minigames above. Some are very tedious, some are fun. Apple has managed to build a multi-billion dollar industry on the things so there must be some value to them!
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