Black Ops 2 Release May Prompt a Rash of “Sick Days”By: Josh Wolford - November 12, 2012
On Tuesday, November 13th, FPS fans across the country will be able to pick up a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The Treyarch-developed sequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops will be the first game in the franchise to utilize future weaponry and is also the first to incorporate user-determined storylines. The multiplayer that has made to franchise one of the most popular in gaming has also been retooled to hopefully silence some gripes that Call of Duty detractors have had with previously derivative multiplayer experiences.
Of course, this will all be determined when players get their hands on the game tomorrow – and from the results of a recent poll from IGN, it appears that many gamers will be making a sacrifice to experience the new game.
Well, kind of.
According to a survey of nearly 10,000 gamers, 26% said that they definitely plan on ditching work or school to play the game when it launched tomorrow. Among all gamers, even the ones that aren’t going to skirt their responsibilities, the expected average play-time on launch day is 5.5 hours.
I guess it should come as no surprise that one of the most-anticipated title of the season would be a productivity killer. The survey allowed gamers to say that they we’re “on the fence” about skipping work as well, so there’s a good chance that more than 1 in 4 players are going to call in “sick” tomorrow morning.
IGN recently conducted another survey surrounding a huge game launch. They found that 24% or respondents were “seriously considering” not voting in the Presidential election in order to play Halo 4.