Mysterious 24-Hour Call Of Duty Flu Keeping Gamers Home ‘Sick’

Mysterious 24-Hour Call Of Duty Flu Keeping Gamers Home ‘Sick’

Let’s be honest for a moment here: pretty much everyone around the world has at the very least thought about calling in “sick” to work or school while their health was perfectly fine, for one reason or another. For some folks, it’s a beach day; for others, just a chance to sleep for an extra few hours. And then, of course, there are the gamers.

It’s a classic running joke that a Call of Duty launch day means players will stay home “sick” to glue themselves to the TV and shoot virtual weapons all day. And it’s a joke that seems well-grounded in truth.

USA Today has a report on the uptick in unscheduled absences and sudden illnesses that take place on a Call of Duty launch day. CNET also chimes in, pointing to poll data gathered by IGN, which found that one in four respondents planned to call in “sick” today to get more Black Ops II time in.

Of course, as much as many of us would like to take a day off just to play a new game, reality often intervenes and we can’t always follow through. But plenty of folks, it seems, are. From the schoolkid cutting class to the savvy boss who knows exactly where his employees really are, Twitter is full of the stories of the Call of Duty 24-hour flu:


    • Yeah. That’s what I’ve always done if I wanted a day off for video gaming.

      Since I assume most (all?) of the tweets above are from Americans – and it’s a Kotaku US article (“Call of Duty Flu” is a well known joke/gag/thing, news to me) – maybe annual leave is handled differently there? I’m kinda scraping for a legitimate reason here, otherwise it’s just I don’t even.

  • Good thing about my work is that I can turn up whenever I feel like it. Did it last week for Halo 4 (not a good decision), came in late for Assassin’s Creed 3 (probably should have stayed home all day) and skipped a whole day for Mass Effect 3s midnight launch (worth it).

    I thought about going to the Black Ops 2 midnight launch, but then I realised that the very people security would be there for would be in line with me. I’ll pick it up tomorrow, after work, after grocery shopping, and after flirting with the chick who works at EB.

  • WIfe said last night under no circumstances are you staying home and playing computer games tomorrow, so I pulled a late one and got to work a wee bit late this morning.

  • To be honest I had no idea it was even coming out this week until I saw the article about what games are coming out this week. That shows my commitment to the game! I’ve never taken a day off anything for a game, but my younger brother did once. I can’t remember what game it was though. I remember last year and the year before school was suspiciously quieter the day COD came out.

  • I did this once.

    Borderlands, then after I got off the phone I realised that Steam had mixed up the release date by a few days.

    I learned my lesson.

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