Yep, we have all done it. At some point or another during a gamer’s life, you have just enjoyed a game that much, you are willing to fake being ill in order to be zen and at one with your new alternate reality. Whether you’ve pulled this off at school, college, work, a day or night out with friends, it’s guaranteed to be happening at this very moment. But what precautions should you take if you do decide to pull a fast one? Lucky for you, I have compiled a few things you should do to keep yourself low and under the radar.
Statuses to Offline
It’s an absolute must really. It doesn’t matter who you have on your friends list, whether you’re playing on a PC or a console, you set yourself to ‘sneaky, covert, no-one-can-see-me-online’ mode. Doing this will drastically reduce the risk of people seeing your online, and/or people you know who will grass you up if they catch you.
Playing single player games
This is more of an extra precaution. With online games you are still at risk of being seen by people you know. It’s a sketchy business, as they would have to be playing the exact game online as you, without knowing you’re online, and be somehow match-made into your exact server and into your exact game. So just play the extra precaution modifier: go on a single player only game, reduce the risk of being spotted.
This might seem an obvious one, saying to a mate or a person you associate with at school, college or a place of work, that you should not tell them you are going to pull a ‘sickie’ (purely because hey, how can you always trust them?), but there is more to it than that. You probably shouldn’t talk about how good a game is the day before you pull said sick-day. Some people could be more intuitive than you think and clock on to your little scheme, so just be careful what you say.
Always mute the TV when taking a phone call
The last thing you want to do is blow up this whole operation by your superiors, bosses or parents calling you, only to hear, literally, you blowing stuff up on your brand-new game. It’s one button on the remote people, use it. I’d go as far as turning the tv off, crawling into bed and then accepting the call, which in fact roles onto my final point…
Don’t Forget You are Sick
It’s more common than you think. People just tend to forget that they pulled a sick-day because of the fun they’re having or have had. It can happen to you at any time; the middle of the day you could get a call, and you forget. At the end of the day when someone asks you “how are you feeling” you forget. Two days later when your back at school or whatever and your teachers ask “if you are all better now” guess what, you forget. You just have to remember how good the day was, but also that it was just a one off, and most importantly why you had the day off.