Job Simulator is a virtual reality simulation video game developed and published by Owlchemy Labs for Microsoft Windows, in which players participate in comedic approximations of jobs in the real world.
Players participate in simulated job in a working museum run by robots; jobs are represented as tongue-in-cheek approximations of real occupations, “Auto Mechanic”, “Gourmet Chef”, “Store Clerk” and “Office Worker”. Accompanied by a computer character that provides exhibitions and instructions, players perform tasks associated with this profession, some realistic, others comic. For example, in the simulation “Office Worker”, players engage in activities such as evaluating new employees and transferring calls, but are also known to eat donuts, share photos over the water cooler and participate in other office rituals. Using motion controllers HTC Vive to represent their hands, players interact with the virtual environment similar to how they would in real life. Most objects in the player’s scope can be interacted with – a lot can be picked up and handled, while fixed objects such as keyboards and devices have buttons, levers or dials that the player can use. After completing a number of tasks, the player is offered to return to the museum or continue the execution of tasks.
The player is often given a lot of creative freedom in how they complete a task. For example, when cooking pizza chef in the simulation, players can choose one of the ingredients that they can reach, like bacon, eggs, potatoes, biscuits or to use as a pizza topping. When running car repairs in automotive mechanic simulation, players can choose what style of parts to be used in replacement (for example, when replacing a flat tire, the player can choose one of 9 styles available tires) and is authorized to carry out repairs and replacements that are not requested by the client. The player is also free to mess with the different objects within their reach, like throw things in the garbage or robots, eating food lying around or take the sunglasses off a client.
Much of the humor of the game comes from both stereotypical and exaggerated situations in jobs performed: as leader, the player is invited to corrupt a food critic and navigate around specific allergies a minor customer who a birthday; as an auto mechanic, the boss orders the player sabotaging cars or bands of a car for parts. The instructor also commented continuously on human nature of jobs being in contradiction with the efficiency of robots, obsolescence of man, and an occasional references “the human uprising 2027”.
The game also features a mode “spectator” special that serves to provide a more entertaining prospect for spectators who watch someone play the game: out of sight in the first person, the player wearing the helmet can position cameras around of them and switch between them, which then provide a window for the external display of the VR configuration; The player is then represented as a disembodied VR helmet and two gloves.