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Poll: Have you ever missed work to play a video game?

The word is that some World of Warcraft fans are taking time off work to play Cataclysm. Can you relate to missing work to play a video game?

World of Warcraft fans have been looking forward to today's release of the Cataclysm expansion pack for quite some time. We've even heard talk about some fans taking a day (or two or three) off work to play Cataclysm.

Please take the following Geekend poll to let us know if you can relate. (And don't worry -- we're not asking you to come clean about whether you used vacation time or called in sick to play.)

WoW fans, check back within the next week for TechRepublic's review of Cataclysm. For now, check out this Cataclysm content. Also, let us know: Did you host or attend a Cataclysm launch party?

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129 comments
sltitan
sltitan

Hello!, How it's going?

Gabriel G
Gabriel G

I have missed work for GTA and TF2. I will probably miss even more work when Portal 2 comes out!

David Stratton
David Stratton

Super Mario Brothers for the original Nintendo gaming system. (This was a long time ago).

FTAdmin
FTAdmin

I was already contemplating taking some vacation time soon, and a guildie had suggested I take it during the opening of Cataclysm. Not only did I go ahead and request the week off, but HR encouraged me to take a vacation (not necessarily for the game.) Apparently I had amassed way too large of a vacation pool for lack of taking any time off.

stupid user name
stupid user name

It was 15 or more years ago for me. I had just bought a 486DX2 66mHz super VGA, which was a $4500 SCREAMER at the time. I stayed up all night playing a game and called out. The next work day, I 'fessed up to my boss, and he scolded me. Being a fellow geek, I thought he'd understand. But from then on, when I was out sick, there was no other explanation given. Ever.

Mad Mole
Mad Mole

Ignoring my student years the first was probably Battlefield 1942 - 3 of us took a day and throughly enjoyed it. Since then it's become a regular thing: 3/4 times a year a long weekend is organised, a gathering of people arranged and much gaming, food and merriment enjoyed. Mind you I've not been to a commercially organised LAN party for some years and I miss it! The UK's I-series events are of hillarious scale and properly daft but a huge amount of fun. As for WoW. It's scale is too big for just one day so we leave that to weekends. I'm in no rush to be the highest level, only to enjoy getting there! Best thing is this way work isn't affected so everyone is happy :)

jb.holland80
jb.holland80

In 1999 I skipped my Saturday shift at Woolworths so I could stay at home to play StarCraft: Brood Wars.

T3CHN0M4NC3R
T3CHN0M4NC3R

Work is 2 important for me to miss, and I don't get addicted to repetitive online games. I just feel lame doing repetitive stuff.

jazescot
jazescot

Yeah I just couldn't peel my self away from doom 3 a few years ago and my boss never let me hear the end of it so in the the end I quit. I've never bin happier, and I still play doom. Great artwork.

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

not any massive amounts of time, but pinball has always been a favorite since I found it way back in win2K

cloud_a_rama
cloud_a_rama

Sure have, NeverWinter Nights 1. have even counted my weekly hours to make sure bills will get paid to do it.

cmhatte
cmhatte

I lost my 36k/year job in part to my WOW addiction. I couldn't focus on programming when thinking about the game. I was also in a band at the same time and was distracted by stuff going on in the band.

jonrosen
jonrosen

Nope.. Not as such. I've taken much needed days-off.. Calling in for vacation or sick-time.. Given, I often played games for the vast bulk of the day off. But I've never taken a day off FOR a game. I know those who have. I have, however, called in sick or the like because I WAS up until who-knows-what AM playing something.. and knew I'd be useless at work. And I've even had bosses where I told them about sleep dep (if not the exact reason why).

searbe
searbe

Absolutely! Every new Guild Wars release and really special weekends, ie: Wintersday, Halloween, Canthan New Year, etc., over the past four years, and I plan to retire when Guild Wars 2 comes out! That's my Nirvana, LOL. On a side note, I've even taken a vacation for the special weekend stuff.............

damian205
damian205

I am an employer who let the employee bring there PC to work to patch and update prior to Cata and then gave the employee 3 days of to level up to 85.

Arcturus909
Arcturus909

Called in sick - convinced myself I really was, and played the damn game all day. I haven't missed work for WoW (yet) but have played WoW while legitimately sick. Back i9n school I miised class several times to "play" Sim City. The original. On an Amiga.

Ericketeer
Ericketeer

I was actually AT work when a friend called me up to tell me he had tickets to the Press Premiere of Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace. "Would you like to come?", "Sure" I said "When?", He answered "Right Now, in about half an hour"!!! So I went to my boss and told him the truth and he said "Sure, Go ... but you'll have to buy me a ticket to see it after wards" Needless to say, he is also a fan

ddgeekgrrl
ddgeekgrrl

Not only did I take ETO to go to the new Star Trek on the opening day, but my boss laughed and thought it amusingly appropriate for IT staff. LOL! I have done that a few other times but her reaction made that particular situation memorable.

blykins
blykins

I missed work to play the last two Call of Duty releases

jessehanson2001
jessehanson2001

I used PTO though, Never 'skipped' or called in sick. I have taken Maden holiday off last 2 years.

reisen55
reisen55

Back in, oh, 1981 or so, when video games were ATARI and the legendary if forgotten MATTEL INTELLIVISION system, the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons was highly addictive, and THAT damn near made me late for work many times. I have fond memories of ZORK too.

eryk81
eryk81

No, but I have stayed up so late playing that it probably would have better if I did.

sjok
sjok

The 51% are pathetic. They have a terminal case of instant gratification. And users wonder why tech support is so atrocious.

umzain
umzain

As soon as I had the launch date for Cataclysm, I scheduled a 4 day vacation. So, yes, I was NOT at work because of WoW, but I did it legally. I also schedule off blizzcon weekends, so I can watch the shows online. I actually scheduled the day before the release off so I could attend the launch event at the local GAMESTOP. So by midnight Pacific, I was updated and ready to log on. Um, I have also corrupted my coworkers with workarounds on the Barracuda so they could play solitaire or other games when work is slow [which is rare.]

PCCathy
PCCathy

Took a planned day off to see Serenity (twice).

Slayer_
Slayer_

But so did my supervisor, and 2 co-workers. We played Monster Truck Madness over the LAN together, then some Worms Armageddon. And plenty of Elf Bowling (1 and 2).

rastarich
rastarich

Asheron's Call 2, I loved that game!

JuliaX111
JuliaX111

yes.. they refused to allow me a days holiday to get married.. so I never turned in

dmmillr1
dmmillr1

sure, the halo's, call of dutys, ETC ETC thats what vacation is for

blcslv
blcslv

Mass Effect 1 and 2.

C
C

I attended the midnight opening of Star Wars Ep 1 and went to work late the following day as a result.

chanya doll
chanya doll

No I haven't my money is far more imporatant than a video game.

jsaubert
jsaubert

I've taken off the day after midnight movie premiers, but normally only if there is an after party and/or I have a really significant distance to travel to get home. I always let the office know as far in advance as I can. Only once did I call in "sick" because of something like this, that was because I was the designated driver and I spent the wee hours of the morning delivering everyone back home. The next day I told my (now former) boss what happened and he laughed so hard! He told me I was the only person he knew that could end up with such a headache from NOT drinking. I kind of miss him, even if I don't miss that job. I try to always be very up-front with what I'm doing on the days I take off. Lots of folks take off for seemingly silly reasons. I don't see that taking a PLANNED day off for a video game is any worse than taking off a day for your kid's school play. Now ... if you are MISSING work regularly because of any obsession (video game or other) that can be a problem.

robertkferrell
robertkferrell

Not for a video game, but I did call in to attend the Breeders Cup a few weeks ago @ Churchill Downs..... but seriously? Work or Millionaires Row.....automatic "no brainer" on my end!

arnerm
arnerm

I wouldn't say we were missing work at all. Just cause we may have not been at the office doesn't mean we missed it

sslevine
sslevine

I've taken time off to travel to New York or Boston etc., to perform with my most excellent soul band. Beats video games hands down, ANY day, and the money rocks, too....

cpatterson1177
cpatterson1177

Two or three times a year, I would take off from work when City of Heroes would have their double XP weekend. Usually it would start around noon ET on Friday, so I would take off from work, make sure the fridge was stocked with munchies and beverages and have at it all weekend.

mikifinaz1
mikifinaz1

I was a professional games tester. Play games and get paid for it, sweet!

Solenoid
Solenoid

In 2000-2001, I missed work for Everquest. It started hindering my income. I achieved some manner of grip on reality, and haven't missed work for any game since 2001. You could say that I'd grown up through life's difficulties. I stopped playing EQ in 2004, but started playing WoW in 2005.

dimeonsiphlon
dimeonsiphlon

I've never missed work for a video game, movie, or other form of entertainment. However, when I was in college, one of my computer classes required us to set up a simple peer network. We took advantage of the peer network of about 20 computers, and brought a copy-and-play copy of the original Half Life. During the teacher's lectures, we would be gaming up, without sound (for obvious reasons). We had one guy in the back of the class who would get overly excited when he scored a kill!! We thought for sure we would get busted, but we never did.

gaylla
gaylla

embarrassed to say...Unreal Tournament 3... UT3 was a major disappointment, they really screwed the pooch in development of that one..I still play UT 2k4, and like a previous poster, we set up a lan at work..and play lunchtime.

Stalemate
Stalemate

Zork... good times. =) I recall spending an entire 24 hour period playing Planetfall once (summer vacation, when I was still a teenager).

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Back in the late 90s, I was taking a series of classes at the local tech college with an eye to getting my NT4 MSCE. Those of us in the back three rows would finish the labwork in about a quarter of the time allotted and fire up a game of Doom on the classroom network.

SKDTech
SKDTech

We would often be playing Unreal Tournament in class. As long as we didn't fall behind the instructor didn't mind, he was the one who gave us the files(obviously after it was released to the public domain). Heck he used to join us.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

He was an adjunct and keeping the class size up meant the class continued to meet. It probably didn't hurt that, in that class, the Doom players were the Alpha geeks... :D

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