Workers are playing games in work time which are cunningly disguised to look like real work.
The games are not hardcore shoot-em-ums but more puzzles. In one game, called Leadership, the player must direct a space ship between two lines of a graph.
According to the Daily Telegraph another involves destroying blocks of the same colour before a wall of bar charts fills the screen, like the cult puzzle game Tetris.
The Flash games, which launch in plausibly bland pop-up windows, are being flogged by a website called CantYouSeeImBusy.com.
The site says: “Let’s face it; we all want to relax every now and then, but still want to appear professional or busy.
It says that the games at CantYouSeeImBusy.com are designed in a way that nobody can see that you’re playing. Chances are your boss would think you were working harder than ever before.”
A counter at the site indicates that its creators have wasted more than 4,500,000 euro in down time. We dont believe it, we downloaded one game, and got bored in ten minutes.