Major Nelson writes doctor’s note for all in anticipation of Xbox One fever

21 Nov 2013

The Xbox One launch in New Zealand

It’s been eight years since a new games console release came from Microsoft and, in anticipation of a sudden slow-down of productive activity when gamers get their hands on the Xbox One, Major Nelson has readied the excuses.

Microsoft’s much-anticipated Xbox One games console arrives on most retailers’ shelves around the world on 22 November, while some regions will have to wait until next year.

Xbox Live’s director of programming Larry Hryb – better known by his gamertag, Major Nelson – is expecting eager gamers will neglect other duties once they start playing Xbox One so, to keep the peace, he has prepared a one-size-fits-all ‘doctor’s note’.

Signed by entertainment therapy specialist M Nelson, MD, the letter offers a choice of afflictions for the patient concerned, from zombie flu to racecar virus to irritable battle syndrome. Among the prescribed treatments are defending the last city on Earth, demolishing buildings and fighting bad guys.

The letter isn’t just for employers, either. Teachers, partners, friends and roommates may also receive the pre-written excuse once Xbox fever hits.

Gamers who believe they will be unavailable for work, errands, assignments or household chores for the foreseeable future can simply adjust the note as needed and send it on via email.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.