It’s summertime and occasionally, our minds can wander thinking about how we grew up so quickly. We reminisce of our childhood and wishing we were back in the exciting days of summer vacation, playing the days and long nights away.

 More than just activities to pass the time, games can often be credited with teaching children valuable life lessons in sharing, cooperation, problem solving and earning rewards for achieving a result.

In honor of the quickly passing summer season and wishing we were kids again, we recently challenged our Bomgar Insider community readers with a poll to reflect on what childhood game they think has best prepared them for life as an IT pro, specifically with an eye toward IT security.

Here are some of the most creative answers, with their rationale:

  • Call of Duty – because it is all about teaching you the art of defense.
  • Chess/Checkers – because you constantly have to think ahead, for your next move as well as your opponent’s.
  • Clue – teaches you the basics of forensics, strategy, and how to rely on nothing more than the limited amount of clues you are given. Like any good mystery, security is about finding issues that allow people to exploit weaknesses and then figuring out how they did it and coming to a solution.
  • Diplomacy – you must be careful not to place too much trust in a partner, because they can be exploited or exploit you.
  • Hide & Seek – in IT security, you are proactively looking for someone who is trying to hide.Jenga – IT problems can be like solving a puzzle and just like in Jenga, pulling the wrong piece can cause a domino effect of issues to come crumbling down.
  • Monopoly – teaches strategy, business savvy and staying on top of how those around you are moving.
  • Operation – it takes concentration, focus, accuracy – and a steady hand!
  • Poker – you always have to think one step ahead.
  • Risk – your weakest territory is attacked first.
  • Slap Jack – you're always looking for the jack and when it pops up, you slap it, similar to security threats, which you know are out there and you have to be prepared to confront them.
  • Tetris – unless everything is lined up perfectly, things can get real messy, real fast.

Even though our summers as professionals consist of a 40-hour (or more) workweek and being confined to the office, this fun poll with our user community was a nice diversion.

What do you think of these answers from your peers? In the comments below, we’d love to hear more about the games you played, what they taught you and how you apply those lessons to life in IT!