GTA V to cause 'inordinate amount of sick days'
It’s GTA V launch day! And, for a number of people, that means it’s a sick day too. The Metro states that, “Britain is set for an inordinate amount of sick days today,” and the Telegraph says, “thousands of gamers are expected to contract Grand Theft Auto flu.”
IGN.com polled 11,000 gamers to see if they would be skipping work to get their GTA V game on. A forward thinking 46% said they had booked the day off but 19% said they would be pulling a sickie.
GTA V went on sale at midnight. Experts estimate it could generate £1 billion during its first year on sale when gamers are predicted to snap up some 25 million copies - breaking current game sale records.
Check out our comprehensive GTA V review to see what all the fuss is about.
And let us know if you have a case of 'Grand Theft Auto flu' by leaving a comment below.
I think it's fair to say that for the most part, those that will be pulling a sickie will be from lower responsibility jobs and that's entirely their prerogative. They should only be scrutinised if they're deliberately taking time off from a job where people are dependant on them. I've actually been sat in work feeling ill all day but that was my choice and I hope all those who bunked off thoroughly enjoyed their day playing what looks to be a classic game.
As for all the age bashing - I'm 36 and I still love playing games, it doesn't have to be kids/students or the jobless, and if it's something you've looked forward to enough then what's wrong with queuing up at midnight to get your hands on it as soon as you can? Seriously... if anyone has issues with this they need to take a look at their own lives to see why they're so unhappy with them.
Personally I ordered my copy from Amazon so it was here when I got home. Not played it yet and might not even do so tonight or this week but I know it's there for when I get the chance and I'm happy with that.
I've pre-ordered my copy and won't be picking it up until Saturday (perhaps Friday evening), I think that I can wait!
I don't understand why they release these games mid-week, do it on Fiday evening of Saturday.
no matter how hard we work at work, the country will always be sh*t for everyone, so enjoy some time off. I was lucky to be off anyway today, sadly i'm working tomorrow, but it's a night shift, so all is not that bad for me :D
Wish i'd had the foresight to book it off, but need my holiday days this year (unusually I struggle to take them all??)
I still think pulling a sickie is a bit low (unless you have a low sick day count of course).
I agree with others on personal preference for days off, but morally faking a sick days are bad for everyone on a fundamental level, its not as if the date wasn't known about well in advance for people to book who really wanted it.
...but not as bad as a lot of other 'sins' though :P
...I hope the non-sinners enjoy their games, and the sinners get bored quick :)
Lucky for some, if i dont work i dont get paid, no holiday pay for me so i dont have the luxury of being able to call in sick and sit and play all day.
Come on guys...there's more to life than video games. I find it stupid how some people would stand outside in the cold to queue up for a video game, I mean come on, cant you just wait? I don't see the big idea of '' I NEED TO BE THE FIRST PERSON OUT OF MY FRIENDS TO PLAY/OWN THIS GAME '' when in reality after 2 - 3 days of playing the game they're bored, and the long wait feels unnecessary.