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Gaming in the Workspace

Discussion in 'Games' started by ByGoneYrs, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. ByGoneYrs

    ByGoneYrs Gaelic Oracle

    Sep 25, 2017
    USA, Southern New Jersey
    Hello everyone,

    I have been in IT now for over 21+ years, and over the years I have done a lot of gaming in the workspace. It started as just a employee and latter as management. What was done over the years as a piece of hardware (server) was retired if it was still working it would be used as a test bed to teach the younger IT members (Sys Admins, Network Techs, DBAs, and programmers/developers).

    We would load up a server based game on that server and open up the server to our internal network for all IT to play. The server was always set behind a firewall and isolated within the internal network. Sometimes we would open just that server up to the open internet to allow others to join us from outside the company as well.

    We would have the game server open and up for play from about 11:30 am till 1:30pm, and then again after 5pm till 7am. This Gaming server helped to teach many IT folks a lot different work based skills. It also made to create team spirt within the work place. I have done this a couple of times in every company I have worked over the years and has been a great success. As IT management I believe you should have fun and enjoy what you do, and little perks go a long way.

    Now the games I have always seem to have on these servers where:

    - Tribes: Starsiege
    - Tribes 2
    - Tribes Aerial Assault
    - Tribes Vengeance
    - Tribes Ascend

    These were a few that I bought the Game Software for the games and loaded up for play. There were many others that were also played as well. I would often play every lunch time on teams with great enjoyment.

    Have anyone else had such experiences?
  2. sci-fi-dude

    sci-fi-dude Rocket Ranger

    Jul 20, 2017
    No gaming for me, just hard labor, or mentally taxing office work, but I love video games, I have the Nientendo and a classic Atari set, its pretty cool....
  3. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

    Mar 20, 2004
    Only way back, going back to my days of working PT at Egghead while in school. Back then we'd play stuff like Doom (the original one using IPX) and Hexen on our store LAN.

    After that all of the IT groups I've been in were pretty strict about enforcing nothing unauthorized on the servers.

    My current employer, who I've been with since 2000, even has the security groups running remote scans on all servers & workstations looking for anything unauthorized. :( I can't blame them, mind you, since we deal with sensitive customer data. It's not all bad though as, for example, I'm writing this while at the office. :whistle:
  4. ByGoneYrs

    ByGoneYrs Gaelic Oracle

    Sep 25, 2017
    USA, Southern New Jersey
    Well times have changed but I am a Director of IT where I work and I control the policies there. Now years ago companies use to purchase servers, but now they mostly lease servers and change them out every 3 years. We still own a few servers that I have retired them into a LAB. Thus I use the game to train and teach IT members how to do things, get work loads and troubleshoot issues. It has worked out as a very effective teaching tool and environment. Also when you isolate the LAB environment, everything is safe.
  5. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

    Dec 6, 2004
    Gulf Coast
    I remember working at a couple shops where we put together buggies for use on shop picnics.
    I practiced my mig welding building a frame for one such buggy. I think its pretty much the same thing.
    Shop projects that refine skills is the same as OJT without the pressure.

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