Most people expect VR to be a hyper-realistic experience. And indeed there are thrilling virtual experiences designed to make you feel as though you are exploring a coral reef, walking on a sprawling mountain peek, tight-rope walking or shooting through a zombie horde. And so some people are surprised to learn that one of my personal favorite VR games is called “VR Job Simulator”.
Why is VR Job Simulator Fun?
So if I could be skydiving, why would I chose to pretend to be an office worker? It’s the opposite of what you think it is. Instead of being a super-realistic office job experience, it’s actually cartoonish and hilarious. Since no one really wants to simulate 9-to-5 cubical farm drudgery the programmers of this game took what is a common experience for so many employees and used office environment tropes to make us laugh about them.
The game is set in a distant future where cute floating TV screens have become our benevolent robot overlords and they’ve created a museum for us humans to experience what ‘jobs’ used to be like before robots took over. Luckily for us, the robots have remembered jobs a little too literally and so the player is encouraged to “drink addictive liquid stimulant” and to delete a thousand emails at a time without reading them, learning that “email was an inefficient form of communication popularized in the mid 1990s”.
You can watch a quick play-through of the office job simulation and have a laugh. If you want you can also go watch the car mechanic, store clerk, and chef simulations. I think it’s a really clever way to appeal to a broad range of players. And most VR players agree. The game has received excellent reviews.