Image from "Call of Duty: Black Ops II." Credit Activision/Treyarch
(USA TODAY) An annual bug is making its way around the workplace and classroom: the Call of Duty contagion.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II, expected to be the biggest video game release of the year, hits stores Tuesday. And hundreds of thousands of gamers are expected to line up at thousands of stores, including Best Buy and GameStop, to get the game at midnight and play all night long - and perhaps all day Tuesday.
Some fans of the popular first-person shooter combat game already have taken the day off. But don't be surprised if a few co-workers and students call in sick Tuesday morning suffering from a Black Ops II hangover.
"I have a few folks on my staff who are passionate gamers, and I know for a fact they are going to be taking the day off," says Chris Koller, vice president of Best Buy's home business group. "I signed the day-off slip for them. It's an event. They do it every year."
The chain plans to have about 900 stores open Monday night - about one-third of which will let customers play the game on big-screen LG 3D TVs starting at 9 p.m.
Mike Snider and Brett Molina, USA TODAY