FUN??? FRIDAY — It is as if you were doing work

Do you remember when you were a kid and you used to play grownup? You would pretend to be a teacher or firefighter or something and then go about doing what you thought that person did.

Except, I’m pretty sure no one imagined a life where they would be a faceless hack, a slave to the machine and to “the man.”

When you go home at night, if you’re a fan of simulation games, you might pretend to be an adventurer or star pilot, but you probably don’t pretend to be a “cube monkey.”

Except, now you can.

Check out a completely free game called “It is as if you were doing work.” This “game” requires no installation and runs in every browser I tested. The purpose, if there is one, is to complete the meaningless tasks you’re given and deal with constant distractions. You know, just like your job. You’re put in a passable imitation of Windows 3.1 and forced to deal with a ceaseless number of menial tasks popping up one on top of the other. The faster you do these tasks, the more meaningless promotions you get… making it a passable imitation of most workplaces.

There’s a part of me that worries that this is some sort of exercise designed to steal your identity, but it really does just seem to be a harmless, if slightly sadistic, exercise.

If you don’t believe me, check it out, but don’t be surprised if your own office work seems fun by comparison.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.