Microsoft s Xbox One goes on sale at midnight Thursday. Die-hard gamers will likely *cough* suddenly be sick *cough* on Friday.

No worries. Microsoft has you covered with the boss. They ve posted a doctor s note that you can print out.

To whom it may concern,

Due to the Zombie Flu your employee will not be able to fulfill the scheduled commitment he/she has with you. Because of the severity of this condition I'm prescribing a heavy dose of Xbox One. He needs to destroy zombies.

After a thorough examination, I've concluded that the all-in-one entertainment system is the only cure for the aforementioned condition.

This treatment may take anywhere from 1-3 days to work and will require years of accumulating achievements thereafter. If the patient is disrupted with work, I will have to double the prescribed amount of Xbox One.

If used effectively, Xbox One can help relieve the patient's entertainment deprivation and will have an increased state of happiness at all times.

*Please be advised that there may be some side effects. These include elevated Gamerscore and swollen ego. They are to be expected and will contribute to the life-long healing process.

The note is signed by Major Nelson, a name Xbox Live users know well.

The Xbox One, which includes an updated Kinect motion sensor, will cost $500. Microsoft is billing it as an all-in-one entertainment system rather than just a gaming console.

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