Disaffected: The Game That Lets You Hate Yourself

It’s not often we get to link to videogames, but we’re happy to direct your attention to ‘Disaffected,’ a sort of inverse to the advergame—games that shill products as their primary or secondary purpose—where players experience what it’s like to be a Kinko’s-like employee.

For we consumers, think of it as an opportunity to empathize with those behind the counter. Or if you’re really looking for a moment of workplace therapy, turn Disaffected on and leave it running unattended while you take a coffee/tea/cigarette/barbiturate break, thereby doubling the amount of responsibility you are shirking (which always makes those breaks that much more delicious).

Game Page for Windows or Mac [Persuasive Games Boing Boing]

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  1. airship says:

    I’ve often thought that when kids get out of high school, they should be required to spend one year as a volunteer, one year at hard labor, and one year serving the public. After all that, I doubt they’d ever complain about much ever again.

  2. non-meat-stick says:

    Oh my god!!! I worked at Kinko’s for 2 years back in college. Good pay and plenty of work to do, but that pretty much sums it up. Lots of walking around looking for orders, angry people getting ridiculously angry with you right in front of other customers, unruly customers who refuse to make 2 B&W copies themselves and would rather wait behind 6 jobs and complain every 10 minutes when it’s not done yet. The standing around and just plain not working when there are customers in the store is priceless. Not to mention the BS from above like our number of employees shrinking from 17 to 9 in 2 years and a hiring freeze during the acquisition. You have to be a smart mother fucker to work at Kinko’s. Smoking a ton of weed also helps you get through the day. And look as uninterested as possible.