How to Help Someone Prepare for a Job Interview

First off, I'd like to thank everyone who has thought to use my Amazon Affiliate links (USUKCanada)!

Secondly, I'm delighted to announce that as of today, and for the next two weeks, Basic Instructions is being sponsored by Snakehead Games, the makers of the MMOs Star Pirates and Spy Battle 2165.

They asked if I would check out their games and share my impressions. I am not an experienced MMO player; I've never even tried World of Warcraft.

Both games are free to play and are primarily text-based, with occasional still images to help set a mood. This may seem a bit dated, but it has some distinct advantages. There are no files to install. Both games run entirely in your web browser. The text-only interface allows your mind to fill in the blanks, and also the lack of the sound of explosions and automatic weapons allows your spouse to sleep. I did some testing and they both seem to run rather nicely on an iPad’s mobile browser.

I had an enjoyable afternoon trying out both games. They both have a lively social element. The primary interface for both is a combination e-mail inbox and chat window. They kind of reminded me of the old multi-user dungeons from back when the internet was new. I spent more time in Spy Battle 2165 than I did in Star Pirates. At the beginning of the game I was a fledgling spy, living in my mom’s basement. My chief adversaries were a rat and an appliance. This was the game trying to start me out slow. In time you do move on to larger adversaries. (Other real people … not larger rodents and appliances.) When I reached level three I was issued a knife and a martini!

Anyway, if you enjoy MMOs and want something a little different, please consider giving Spy Battle 2165 and Star Pirates a try. Even if not, please join me in thanking Snakehead Games for their support.

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Reader Comments (20)

Hi Scott,
Are we supposed to use some 'referring player ID' from you for Spybattle so they know who to thank/blame for us showing up?

Note from Scott: I'm in the process of setting up an affiliate link with them. Please don't wait for that though. My user id is Oscar. Give that a shot if you like.

April 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikeS

I love how whenever someone says first you approve their comment second.

April 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterE.nigma

I decided I could check out those games since they are helping you out, and it says to put in "Referring Player ID." I'm assuming that's your ID, but you didn't mention it. I'll hold off on visiting until I can let them know I went to their site because of you. Lemme know, their sites sound interesting. :)

April 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

"Garfield was wearing a little business suit."

And that's wrong?

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterByron Black

I "firsted" on a site once, just to see what the thrill was. I'd always wondered what it felt like. It felt a bit stupid, actually.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Those of us without spouses take comfort from the sound of explosions and automatic weapons.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

"i strive for perfection in others"

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwle

Note from Scott: This comment has been edited slightly. The commenter was very helpful, but in the time since the comment was made all the text links to the two games have been replaced with affiliate links. Thanks!

Hi! I'm a regular SP and SB player, and I thought I'd just clarify something about referrals-
The player ID used to refer others is the number from the end of your profile page's URL (click on your name somewhere to get to it). Alternatively, you can get a referral link from the Refer Others page. By finding an Oscar in SpyBattle, and substituting that player ID for mine in my referral link, I've created what should be your referral link- assuming I got the right player.

Hope that helped!

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCobalt Snake

Not sure about Garfield, but someone I work with wore a Harley Davidson tie to the interview and got hired. The game sites are blocked from work, though the text based part sounds good since I used to play MUDs back in the 90's, but if it worked correctly I just completed my second Amazon order using your link.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHari

A suggestion... I think it's great that you're taking sponsors and also, that you're drawing the ads. However, because you're drawing the ads in the BI style, they don't really pop out. Right now there's a banner ad and a side box ad. I missed the banner ad completely (I figured it was part of the overall BI artwork) and I only went to look for the sidebar ad 'cause you mentioned it in the blog text.

However, the PayPal buttons (and I've already donated, BTW) really pop on the B&W page with their bit of color. I might suggest that the sponsored ads continue to be custom-drawn by you (as they are fun) but you perhaps color the sponsor name so the ads stand out on the page.

/two cents

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZoltan

Any company that won't hire you for a Garfield tie isn't a company I want to work for.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFojar

Jenkins is an idiot. I use my Mr. Spock tie. Of course, I apply for programming jobs.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

As somebody who subscribed but has since then stopped from WoW, take my comedy advice.

Keep doin' what yer doin'. I don't know what the hell is funny, but you sure do. Also ties are stupid and are a result of individuality needed by the masses.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

long time reader, first time poster. since i'm looking at my one year anniversary of unemployment, i'm happy to say that i own not only no Garfield ties, or Spock ties, or any ties. of course this may have something to do with why i'm still unemployed...

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjersn

I originally asked Scott to provide ad art in the style of his website to cut down on the disruptive nature of advertising. I think it's nicer to have a consistent theme with your site and creatives in harmony, not the strobe-light garish advertising that's so popular with the kids these days.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRy Jones

I once had an interviewer tell me I had the job if I wanted it but I would have to shave my beard. Desk job, nothing to do with food or health, neatly trimmed immaterial, can't work here if you have a beard. I went with a comparable offer from another company that didn't want to make personal choices for me. Most bizarre interview I ever had.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLazlo

Yes. The tie. Of course. They didn't hire Jenkins, and it was the tie's fault.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

Sell-out! :)

May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThomas

I love your comic and your ads, and you trying to become profitable. Keep up the good work. Your cheering section is much bigger than the grammar nazis and nay-sayers. We love you. We really do. :)

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Just to echo Paula's comment - we sponsor cleverness and originality where we see it not getting the full due it deserves. We were pleased to help a little with that. :) Cheers, Admin256 (Snakehead Games Inc.)

<B>Note from Scott: And it is greatly appreciated!

July 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteradmin256
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