In the United States, the first Monday in September is Labor Day — a day to celebrate workers, and all the strides that working unions have made. Like many other Americans, I work on Labor Day. Freelancers work on Labour Day. Those in the service industry work on Labor Day. And though there are many calls to “remove politics from games,” (I honestly have no idea how that would be done) I spent the week thinking about how work — or the refusal of work — has been portrayed in video games.
Here is a small selection of free games — some new and some not so new — which consider the implications of existing in a working society. But, you know. In a fun way.