May 9, 2007

Games: A Cure for Boredom at Work

Unlike most people, I don't have a lot of time to mess around. I am constantly taking phone call after phone call, or answering tickets submitted into our ticketing system all from people who have mild to serious computer issues. Every once in a while, I get the oddball call where someone wants to play a game on their PC, or install their iPod software. So I know all too well that some people out there really don't have anything better to do with their time.

This post is for all you slackers out there looking to get an escape from your job through the wonderful world of video games. There are a few sites you can go to to play free flash games, and there are even free games you can download and install yourself (That is if your company gives you administrator rights, otherwise you may have to bribe your IT guy).

Some of the best sites I have found for games include:

Liquid Arcade
Legit Games

Party Casino

All you have to do to find these sites though is to do a Google search for flash games.

For some games you can download and install, I found some open source beauties for you at good old Source Forge. The first one is The Classic Arcade Pack, which is a small pack of classic 80's games which include Pong, Snake, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Pac Man and Tetris. Another really cool one is called Oblivion, where you fly a space ship and shoot up other space ships, and the graphics aren't too bad. The last one I will talk about is called Space Butcher 2, which is a lot like Oblivion except you're flying horizontal and not vertical in your space ship.

There are other games out there for your PC, you have to be careful not to install anything that will harm your computer. Lots of so called game packs come pre-packaged with spyware or ad-ware that can harm your PC. If a game installation requires you to install a toolbar or something else besides the game, cancel the installation and get a different one.

The next time you're bored at work, try either one of the sites I mentioned, or download one of the games. Remember, if you can't install the software yourself, don't call IT, they won't help you goof off at work.

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