Who brought the Wii U?: playing games with coworkers

One of the awesome benefits of working within the video game industry is that you and all your coworkers share a passion for gaming. Impromptu gaming tournaments on lunch breaks are par for the course.  Some of the best memories and friendships have been forged in competitive and cooperative play, whether playing Counter Strike in a web browser, or setting up a Wii U for a free for all match of Smash Brothers.

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The classic competitive game of Counter Strike can now be played within a web browser making it great for matches on a 10-15 minute break.

Just as with any other extracurricular activity, gaming with coworkers takes coordination and a fair bit of persuading to get people to use their free time for gaming together.  Still, the effort is well worth it when you have eight people all with their favorite Nintendo characters ready for an epic battle to prove who is the best or luckiest fighter.

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Smash Brothers has long stood as the franchise to bring both hardcore and casual players together in the fighting genre.

Playing games with your friends is a great way to pass the time, but I would argue that playing games with your coworkers can help you build a better team. By spending game time together, coworkers can challenge each other, form bonds over a shared experience other than the daily rigors of the job, and humanize the people they work with. For example, defeating your boss may help them see your strength and skill, while being helped by a coworker who you typically don’t get along with can help you see their hidden kindness and capacity for teamwork.

Do you ever play games with your coworkers? Do you and your coworkers have a shared passion that you can enjoy in the same way game developers enjoy playing games together? I welcome discussion on this topic and if you have experiences of your own you wish to share please respond to the thread for this article, or talk to me through my email or any of my social media: playprofessor@gmail.com, FacebookTwitter.

Play Professor is the blog of ludologist and video game journalist Andrew Mantilla. You can check out more of his content on FacebookTwitterInstagramand Youtube.

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