Remote working has become increasingly widespread over the past 18 months due to the global pandemic. If you’re lucky enough, you don’t even need to switch on your camera for some of those online meetings, and that means you can squeeze in a bit of gaming on the side.
This guide will help you to indulge in your favorite hobby without fear of getting fired. All these games require little concentration, and will allow you to invest just the right amount of attention on your boss, while focusing the rest on what really matters: your own happiness. In effect you’ll be getting paid while playing, a dream normally reserved for influencers.
The following five games have been tested in work and family situations, and can be played without taking a big toll on your mental focus. In order to select them, we’ve isolated the main features that can take away your focus, reduce you to a bumbling idiot and destroy your career: hypercomplex systems, rhythm mechanics, and, above all, big chunks of text and narrative sections.
Before starting, it’s important to note that every game needs a little setup before you can play them along with your meetings in Zoom, Skype or similar. Overall, these three tips will help you become a stealthy player and a seemingly productive worker:
- Play any tutorial beforehand, as learning new skills demands more attention
- If you’re playing on Steam (or similar), set your status to ‘Offline’ or ‘Invisible’
- Use earphones and set the game’s general volume to around 5-10%. Or just mute the game
For your convenience, all these games have been rated for the following criteria: concentration needed, amount of text, pauseability, risk of cursing and preliminary setup.