Not from work but I often skipped school and college for big releases. Nothing worse than being stuck in work after you just picked up a AAA release though.
I'm not sure i'd skip work for a game release but like Fargo i used to skip school and college for a big game release. Off the top of my head i skipped college for Halo 3...but couldn't go home because my parents decided they didn't want to go into work and they're strict so there was no way they'd believe any story i made up
Which meant i didn't get to play it until evening time.
I skipped a day of Uni when Mass Effect 2 came out. I went to a midnight launch and after 4 or 5 hours playing it, i had no intention of going in to the 9am lesson the next day
. Next day off i'll have will most likely be for Mass Effect 3.