I don't know if it's a universal thing, but in any office I've been at, you can generally spot who the gamers are by looking at the amount of annual leave that's banked up. For whatever reason, gamers tend to be the ones in the offices that rarely take annual leave, are generally the ones working over public holidays and Christmas ... until a major release comes out.
I was talking to a mate the other day, one I've spent way, way too many late nights and weekends playing Counter-Strike with. We hadn't caught up in a while, but I'd fired up WoW Classic and he was on, so I said hello. He played a ton of WoW in between scrims back in the day, so naturally he was on back on the Classic train.
Unsurprisingly, and because you needed several hours to get through the first-day queues anyway, he'd taken a week off work. He had a ton banked up anyway, because he's in one of those roles where you're the centerpoint of a lot of discussions and getting effective cover is usually too much of a pain in the arse. So when Classic rolled around, he opted to have a nice chill week working through queues like it was 2006.
PAX Australia is something that a lot of people take a day — usually the Friday or the Monday after — but that's not quite the same as, for instance, taking leave to binge Super Mario Odyssey or Breath of the Wild. (Or Death Stranding.)
So I'm curious to hear from you. What games resonated so strongly on your radar that you burned your precious annual leave or time off — or even took a sickie — just so you had some uninterrupted time to plow through a story or questline?