So, before Christmas I added a few of those facebook games. People kept asking me to, and they assured me that I wouldn't need to do anything. They'd get the benefit just by me adding the application. But once I had added them my notifications were a stream of messages like:
Such and such has sent you the third piece of the Trident of the Sea People, will you send something back and conquer the oceans together?
And I had fallen for similar scams myself previously. I played a fantasy game where I could get to thenext island if I gained enough gold to by a flaming black pegasus and had 20 friends join. I dutifully spammed my friends to drive up the site's ad revenue. But eventually I realised that, like BF Skinner's pidgeons, I was inventing superstitions in the hope of rewards that were either nonexistant or random.
Speaking of random, perhaps you'd like to try facebook's own Dungeons and Dragons application, a game that requires absolutely no input from the "player". All you need to do is lobby the developers to create a button where it plays itself without needing you to press go.
I got sick of the messages, so I clicked facebooks option to ignore them. That's when I found out "ignore" means "remove". What I meant by ignore was:
"I don't care about this game. It's appeal simply escapes me. So keep me on it in name only, but I don't want to hear about it. Keep your updates to yourself, but count me towards the number of followers my friends need"
After all, when their vampire goes to the nightclub the bouncer will not let them in unless they have a retinue!
Sorry guys. I can't get you in.