The Boring, Mundane Things We Do In Video Games

I've noticed a bizarre trend recently that in video games often seemingly mundane tasks are required of the player. In fact  in some online games the entire point is to work in a store or restaurant. (Seriously.)  That's why I was delighted to see this post on the boring things we do in video games. What happened to fighting dragons and saving princesses? What are some boring things in games that you have played?
An increasing number of games task the player with reading emails, texts and the like. In the almost constantly connected world we live in, email has pervaded nearly everything and that includes video games. Deus Ex is potentially the most well-known of “read your email” games out there, and the most recent one is apparently no slouch in this department, but many games over the years have taken this page from Deus Ex’s playbook. Notably, Assassin’s Creed allowed Desmond to view email exchanges between those folks at Abstergo, Alpha Protocol had the player reading and responding to emails and even Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor had messages being sent between the player and the various NPCs.

One might think that after reading so many emails outside of games, reading them while inside, and from fictional sources might grow tiring. And yet, here we are.


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There's a game called The Waitress which inexplicably captured my heart years ago. Game play consists of clicking one of four tables in your restaurant to take the order, clicking the kitchen to choose the right order, clicking the cooler for drinks, and clicking the right table to deliver it all. When the guest leaves, ya gotta click the table to clean it. That's IT for the whole game. No speed upgrades (or equipment, or food, or *anything*), the people just start arriving a bit faster (after about an hour's playing). I have been known to play this for hours on end and I'm not proud, but there ya go.
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