Total Nerd Video Games You Can Totally Get Away With Playing At Work  

Collin Flatt
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List Rules Vote 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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Arena XLSM

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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. 

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DEFCON may look simple and uninteresting, but it's actually very engaging. It's basically a browser version of Thermonuclear War from WarGames and is insanely deep. You'll find yourself pouring hours into the game and realize that the time to clock out is suddenly too soon. 

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Desktop Tower Defense

Desktop Tower Defense is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Video Games You Can Totally Get Away With Playing At Work
Photo:  Kongregate

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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Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Video Games You Can Totally Get Away With Playing At Work
Photo:  Namco Limited

Pac-Man needs no explanation. It's the perfect game for a quick five-minute goof-off, and this is the best browser version available. Avoid the ghosts, eat the power pellets, yadda yadda. 

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#1 on The Best Classic Arcade Games

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#23 on The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

#2 on 18 Amazing Classic Video Games You Can Totally Play On Your Phone Right Now

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