For years, video games served as an escape in the most extreme sense. Players left their boring lives to become fighter pilots, barbarians and a certain mustachioed plumber. They didn’t want to work in a warehouse, cook or wait tables.
Then, publishers began releasing games based on real jobs. In Shenmue for Dreamcast, people took a break from pummeling thugs to operate a forklift. Later, they ran a bakery in Cake Mania and served up all sorts of dishes in Cooking Mama. All of a sudden, it was cool to have a second job, albeit a virtual one.
On that note, the following downloadable games let you experience another profession without having to go on interviews or pass a drug test. And we left out sports games featuring professional athletes because that would be too easy.
John Artest (RunDLC)