I've never skipped work to stay home and play games simply because I need money. Although when Skyrim came out my boss called early days twice because him, myself and another guy were all playing the game and talking about it all day at work. Finally my boss said "alright we can start this tomorrow" or "ok we're done today." Lol.
As for high school, it was easy. Too easy so thats why I skipped classes. It made no difference to my mark and I graduated without problems. I got to have my cake and eat it too.