Video games aren’t always fun

December 5th, 2013

Don’t all of us work long enough hours? Then why do a lot of us get home from the office and then play video games that seem just like work? PCWorld recently explored this trend, compiling a list of the popular video games that feel an awful lot like work.


No dispute here that managing a city isn’t hard work. And thanks to the classic SimCity video game, you, too, can experience the frustrations and long hours of running a metropolis. And you won’t even need to run for mayor to make it happen. As PCWorld says, succeeding in SimCity takes long hours. You have to plan housing developments, open shopping centers, lay roads and collect taxes. While you’re doing this? The residents of your city will probably hate you.

World of Warcraft

They say war is hell. However, when referring to the video game World of Warcraft, it’s hard work, too. Do you really like to follow orders? Do you like completing menial tasks for generally small rewards? Then World of Warcraft is the game for you.

The mundane real world…in video-game format

Cart Life is that most unconventional game that enables you to relive all the stress and dull routine of daily life, but now you’re calling it a game. In Cart Life, you'll play either as a single mom working as a barista, a flustered newsstand operator or a hectic baker. None of the options are enjoyable, and each requires you to balance daily needs with making enough money to make the rent and pay your bills each month.