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Video Games You Can Totally Get Away With Playing At Work

Updated October 14, 2020 831 votes 296 voters 42.8k views20 items

List RulesVote up the video games you could totally have open next to a spreadsheet.

Work can be insufferable. People expect things from you, so you trudge through these requests because you'll be (under)paid for your efforts every two or four weeks. It would make everything better if there were some entertainment at the office. And while having a playlist of the best movie soundtracks to listen to at work can help, sometimes you just need something more engaging. Like, say, video games.  

Believe it or not, there are video games you can secretly play at work. In fact, there are a whole bunch of browser-based discreet video games that are perfect for life in the cubicle. Some are text-based and look innocuous, and a few even replicate the appearance of a Word doc or Excel spreadsheet that will easily fool a quick glance from management. Check out this list below to see if any of these secret video games are ones you could get into and vote up the ones that are the best to play while "working."

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    "You've died of dysentery." If you grew up on The Oregon Trail, you'll be familiar with this line because it's the one videogame they made you play in grade school. The browser version is just as good as you remember, and it's fun to be nostalgic about the early days of life where you didn't have responsibilities or work you should be doing. 

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    Desktop Tower Defense might be 10 years old, but it's still one of the best timewasters on the Internet. It works in almost any browser and the gameplay is terribly intoxicating. Your job is to stop the "creeps" from reaching a certain spot on the office desktop, using different defensive strategies and "towers" with specific tools (shoot, freeze, and block progress). 

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    QWOP is ridiculous. Originally developed by Bennett Foddy, the Cut Copy bassist who was finishing his dissertation in philosophy, QWOP is a ragdoll, physics-based running simulator. It is notoriously difficult, but also a hell of a lot of fun.

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    Arena XLSM, a pseudo-RPG battle game, is pretty darn amazing. The entire game takes place inside an Excel spreadsheet using macros to make the action happen. It clocks in at just under 1MB in size and still offers a surprisingly deep combat system, considering the limitations of the application.