You walk in and the first thing he does is ask how you’re doing and you explain that you were up to “only” 2AM because you were playing the new Wrath of the Lich King expansion for WoW and without missing a beat he says with a smile: “Oh, surprised you didn’t just call in today.”
Now you might think at first that he’s suggesting that I’m a lazy bum who would be so lame as to call into work just to play a video game all day, but I should mention the fact that my boss, while he’s saying this, is sitting in the office with the lights off and Gears of War 2 loaded up on an Xbox 360. He understands. He knows what it is to be a gamer.
In my younger days I’d be more inclined to take a day off to play a new game I’ve been waiting forever for, but my mastery of my willpower has improved with age and it helps that I’ve been playing the beta since it started so had already worked through some of the cravings. There’s also the fact that I don’t get paid time off so that’s another motivation to get my ass to work. Besides it’s Friday and I’ll have a good portion of the weekend to devote to playing so that gives me something to look forward to.