HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) A popular video game release could be the reason why many people don't show up for work on Tuesday.
Stores across West Michigan are expecting long lines for the midnight release of the newest Call of Duty game.
Joseph Montoya is planning on taking off work on Tuesday so he can play "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2."
"Putit in two weeks ago and said I have something to do," says Montoya. "They don't know the reason why."
"Just from customers alone I've heard, 'I've already taken my whole vacation off', and I'm like what?," says Mike Nedwick, store manager for The Gaming Warehouse in Holland.
Nedwick says dozens of customers have already pre-ordered Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
"Iwould say about 30 people just for the midnight release alone and then the following day, who knows, it could bea massive amount of people," says Nedwick.
Nedwick says each player is a soldier in the latest Call of Duty video game, which allows them to compete internationally. Nedwick says it's appealing partly because its easier to play than other video games.
However,video game player Sam McKnight says the game can get so competitive that it's often unpleasant.
"Having 14-year-old's insult my mom and call me racial slursis not very fun," says McKnight.
Montoya says he is remembering his adult responsibilities, at least temporarily.
"Mykids get ready for school, so I take them to school, then get right back on it. There won't be sleep for a couple days," says Montoya.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has a mature rating, which means it's recommended for people ages 17 and up.