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When people call it ‘a dream job’

I used to test games for a living.  When it comes up in conversation, people say “Oh my god, what a dream job!  What was it like?”  I respond with this:

What’s the worst game you’ve ever played?  Now imagine playing that game for 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, for 6 months, in a language you don’t understand.  Also, parts of the game are broken and nobody believes you when you tell them; they instead respond to your claims like you’ve just slapped their child.  By the time you convince them that the game is legitimately broken, it’s too late to fix the game because it’s “Crunch time”, so you’re working 70 hour weeks but you’re probably going to be laid off when the game ships.

But, it’s better than a ‘real’ job!