March 27, 2006

An Idea

Filed under: Idea Time!, PolenBabble — Twin C @ 3:56 pm

Sorry, but no abstract poetry from me (at least not today). I came to a realization last week, and want to put it out there for all of you to ponder along with me.

I was staring at my computer at work, playing some dumb internet game to kill some time (it was close to 6 p.m. and I was about to go home anyway, but needed to wait and make sure my manager didn’t need anything done last minute), and I thought to myself sarcastically “I could do this all day”.

While I’m pretty sure that I could actually play Bejeweled 2 Deluxe all day, it’s not quite what I meant. It occurred to me that in terms of employment, I would be really happy if I could find a job where I could play. Not necessarily a game, but something with some sort of structured rules to be followed, and a goal of some sort, and preferably some sort of mental or creative challenge, with or without an element of chance. It could be competitive or cooperative. And of course it wouldn’t be all play, as there’s always meetings and paperwork and dumb stuff. But to find something where I could be engaged like that, would make me want to go to the office every day. I don’t have that in my life, and I know I’d be happier if I did.

The only real analogy I can come up with to explain it is if I was a stock trader - I’m well aware that that sort of position is practically gambling anyway. I’m not sure if that’s the right path for me though.

So now I’m brainstorming. And I’d like you to help. What job could I get where I can play, at least part of the time, preferably most?

Feel free to comment, ask questions if this is unclear, etc. etc. etc. Thanks!


  1. Gametester, but I hear it’s all-in-all brutally tedious.

    Comment by nobody — March 27, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

  2. Probably. I’m wondering if there are board game testers, or if there are internet flash game testers. . .

    Comment by Twin C — March 28, 2006 @ 12:40 pm

  3. Play seems to be an attitude; the task itself is not always the most important thing (though
    stuff like filing will suck for all eternity). You probably want to look at specific

    companies as much as job descriptions.

    (I don’t know if my break tags worked, but the Polencomment field is acting weird today.)

    Comment by Gavagirl — March 31, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

  4. Hehe. I did “bold”, not “break”. I should go home.

    Comment by Gavagirl — March 31, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

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