Is it weird to take a day off for a game?

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  • Syrette 14 Sep 2013 19:14:38 43,525 posts
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    Provisionally got the Wednesday off for GTA V. And why not I thought? Got plenty of days still to use (no super long holidays for me this year), and instead of an hour or so during the week, figured I might as well devote a few hours to it during the week instead of waiting for the weekend (stupid midweek releases).

    Now I don't really care what my colleagues etc think of me, but what do my fellow gamers think of such a practice?

  • kalel 14 Sep 2013 19:16:01 87,750 posts
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    I've done it. If you've got nothing better to do with your days then why not.
  • Grax 14 Sep 2013 19:16:23 2,294 posts
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    I have done so on one or two occasions
  • DUFFMAN5 14 Sep 2013 19:21:04 14,696 posts
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    @Syrette
    Good on you mate, enjoy it :-)

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  • Stickman 14 Sep 2013 19:22:14 29,666 posts
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    Yeah, perfectly fine.

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  • TheSaint 14 Sep 2013 19:22:35 14,421 posts
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    I wouldn't do it personally but probably better than taking a day off to do decorating or something like that.
  • wogsy81 14 Sep 2013 19:23:09 733 posts
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    A day off! Thats nothing.
    I took a weeks holiday from work when MGS 4 was released. Ill be doing the same with MGS V.

    Cant let a silly thing like work getting in the way of enjoying my favourite videogame series of all time. A new MGS game is like Christmas to me. Its an event. An event that must be savoured and cherished.
  • imamazed 14 Sep 2013 19:26:42 5,628 posts
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    I was talking to my mate about this last night.

    Each to their own, I suppose, but I think it's fucking weird. Most people have, what, 25 days leave a year? That's not that much really; I think they ought to be spent seeing friends, travelling, socialising, holidaying etc. To take one of those precious days in order to sit in the dark and play a video game... Well, I don't see it.

    I know people will say that they just don't have the time to play on weeknights/weekend, but if you care enough to take a day off, you could surely make time to play it in the normal free hours.
  • Kostabi 14 Sep 2013 19:26:50 4,931 posts
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    I use my annual leave for things I enjoy so I don't see any problem taking a day or two (or a week) for game releases.
  • pacrifice 14 Sep 2013 19:28:53 1,079 posts
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    Nah.

    Took time off for Onimusha 3, Heavy Rain (it was raining heavy too that day), Metal Gear Solid 4, Assassin's Creed, Killzone 2 (that was a mistake though) and can't recall if any others.
  • Whizzo 14 Sep 2013 19:31:33 43,133 posts
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    I've taken a week off for Rockstar games* in the past, I'm not back at work until October 2nd, although that's down to the Expo and few other things I'm doing as well as V.

    It was being made redundant just a week before Vice City was released that showed me how nice it is to have plenty of time to spend on an open world game as I love to explore.

    *San Andreas, IV, RDR and even LA Noire.

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  • Deleted user 14 September 2013 19:32:42
    It is sad but people can use their holiday how they like. I did it once for halo 3 but can't see myself ever doing it again. To be fair I'm off a lot with my job so generally don't need to book holiday. I'm off this Tuesday and Wednesday already :)
  • oldschoolsoviet 14 Sep 2013 19:33:48 5,478 posts
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    Station co-ordinator called earlier, wanted me to work overtime, 6am train on Tues.

    I said it was Grand Theft Auto Day, and I wouldn't be available.

    A hesitant "okaaaay". :D
  • FuzzyDuck 14 Sep 2013 19:33:59 4,143 posts
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    I don't really see it as taking time off for a game, I see it as taking time off to do something you enjoy.

    And you may as well enjoy whatever you can, as this world is clearly shit and we all end up dead anyway.
  • Madder-Max 14 Sep 2013 19:37:34 11,656 posts
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    If its not a gta game then it is weird.

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  • SolidSCB 14 Sep 2013 19:37:56 6,741 posts
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    wogsy81 wrote:
    A day off! Thats nothing.
    I took a weeks holiday from work when MGS 4 was released. Ill be doing the same with MGS V.

    Cant let a silly thing like work getting in the way of enjoying my favourite videogame series of all time. A new MGS game is like Christmas to me. Its an event. An event that must be savoured and cherished.
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  • elstoof 14 Sep 2013 19:43:12 7,392 posts
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    If I took a day off for a game I'd find or be given a list of jobs that need doing and end up playing for 25 minutes, tops.
  • drhcnip 14 Sep 2013 19:51:27 2,500 posts
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    nope, nothing wrong with that...if i could do it in my line of work i would.....
  • Psychotext 14 Sep 2013 19:53:29 54,231 posts
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    Fuck knows what thread I said it in, but I'd much rather take a day off to play a game than go and waste a day sitting on some beach (etc) somewhere doing nothing.

    I really don't get how people can just lay around doing nothing. Would drive me fucking bonkers.
  • L0cky 14 Sep 2013 19:58:42 1,530 posts
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    I took a week off for Zelda OoT.

    It was a crappy unpaid placement thing though so I don't know if it counts.
  • Shikasama 14 Sep 2013 20:00:46 6,843 posts
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    The action itself isn't strange, but telling anyone you work with that that is your plan is bloody daft.
  • jagg3r 14 Sep 2013 20:01:34 1,037 posts
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    I've booked a week of for the ps4 release. Wife's at collage, kids will be at school, free house, can't wait :)
  • Doomspoon 14 Sep 2013 20:04:31 2,470 posts
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    wogsy81 wrote:
    A day off! Thats nothing.
    I took a weeks holiday from work when MGS 4 was released. Ill be doing the same with MGS V.

    Cant let a silly thing like work getting in the way of enjoying my favourite videogame series of all time. A new MGS game is like Christmas to me. Its an event. An event that must be savoured and cherished.
    Well those cutscenes are long...
  • kalel 14 Sep 2013 20:05:37 87,750 posts
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    I think if you did it at the expense of something arguably more worthwhile or valuable then I can see an arguement for it being a "waste", but even then it's all subjective.

    I like to know what those labelling it as sad or whatever do with their time that's of such earth-shattering significance.
  • MadCaddy13 14 Sep 2013 20:10:59 1,931 posts
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    Choppi wrote:
    It is sad but people can use their holiday how they like.
    This.
  • nathan_digweed 14 Sep 2013 20:20:36 46 posts
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    @MadCaddy13 Why is it sad to take a day off work to do something you enjoy?
  • MadCaddy13 14 Sep 2013 20:22:59 1,931 posts
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    @nathan_digweed ... it just is! I took a week for ME2 but yeh. It's sad.
  • Syrette 14 Sep 2013 20:25:12 43,525 posts
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    Shikasama wrote:
    The action itself isn't strange, but telling anyone you work with that that is your plan is bloody daft.
    I mentioned it in passing to one or two (we're a small team, they were wondering why I wanted a seemingly random day off). Hardly getting a megaphone out to tell everyone in the building my plan.

  • Syrette 14 Sep 2013 20:27:09 43,525 posts
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    MadCaddy13 wrote:
    @nathan_digweed ... it just is! I took a week for ME2 but yeh. It's sad.
    A week is contentious but what's wrong with a day? Especially if you're child-free.

  • Deleted user 14 September 2013 20:27:31
    Nothing wrong with that.
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