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Over the weekend, a truck carrying a video game shipment in France, which was worth around 400,000 Euros, was robbed

Piracy is usually an issue most publishers worry about before a big video game release. But they usually don't worry about this occurring in the form of a delivery truck heist. Until now.

Over the weekend, a truck carrying a video game shipment in France, which was worth around 400,000 Euros, was robbed. The shipment reportedly contained 6,000 copies of "Modern Warfare 3."

The delivery truck, which was traveling in Créteil, south Paris, collided with a car on Saturday. While stopping to handle the situation, two masked individuals appeared and used tear gas to distract the truck drivers. The individuals then stole the video game shipment that the truck contained.

Activision, MW3 publisher outside of Japan, has gone back and forth lately about whether or not it would place a ban on those who played the new game online early. Initially, Stephen Tolouse, director of Policy and Enforcement for Xbox Live, tweeted "dblchk'd with Activision. Mw3 pre-release play not authorised. So pls be patient. Playing early may impact your account!"

Later, Robert Bowling, Infinity Ward creative strategist, tweeted that no ban would be placed on those that played online early.

"No plans to ban legit fans, but try to wait til midnight launch on Tuesday to play #MW3," Bowling tweeted. "Can't wait to jump online with everyone then!"

But with inevitable leaks and online gameplay via the reported heist, they may rethink the ban. However, the game is already expected to be released at midnight tonight.

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" is an upcoming first-person shooter video game that is the third installment in the "Modern Warfare" series. It was developed by Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software and Treyarch (for the Wii). MW3 will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS and Microsoft Windows as early as midnight on November 8.

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the new MW release. Retailers are preparing special offers in hopes of snagging gamers that plan to pick up a copy. For instance, Best Buy is throwing in a free HTC smartphone with the purchase of MW3, and others like Amazon and Kmart are offering Xbox Live membership deals.

Sources: The Sixth Axis, CVG, Euro Gamer, Phones Review

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Delicious irony...
By quiksilvr on 11/7/2011 9:45:24 AM , Rating: 5
Using the skills learned from playing Modern Warfare games used to steal Modern Warfare games.

RE: Delicious irony...
By Iaiken on 11/7/2011 9:52:48 AM , Rating: 5
Lawl of Duty: Moron Warfare.

I seriously can't wait for this game to be released so that all the kiddies on BF3 will finally go home and leave the people who actually want to play Rush/Conquest to play.

What I find Ironic is that there are Team Deathmatch servers, but instead they would rather join the Conquest/Rush matches and basically be useless there by trying to preserve their KDR by hanging back and sniping into (read losing). It's especially comedic when you have 16 people all hanging back and watching the armed COMM station blow up because if they try to diffuse, they might get shot.

RE: Delicious irony...
By AMDftw on 11/7/11, Rating: -1
RE: Delicious irony...
By cjohnson2136 on 11/7/2011 10:13:57 AM , Rating: 4
I would agree if the people sniping doing this were playing Team DeathMatch. If you are playing some other type of objective mission then play the mission. I hate the people that join objective based missions and then won't do anything for the mission at all I'd rather be down a man then have someone not trying and only worrying about their KDR.

RE: Delicious irony...
By NellyFromMA on 11/7/2011 12:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
cause snipers never contribute to real war scenarios like captureing and holding an objective, right?

seriously, I'm so tired of the whining over snipers and rockets. Just channel that frustration at learning how to flank. wash rinse repeat.

This is not a new issue.

RE: Delicious irony...
By cjohnson2136 on 11/7/2011 3:19:41 PM , Rating: 2
If you read I don't have a problem with sniping if there are HELPING with the mission. But if they are sniping in an area no where near the mission that does not help the team it is pointless.

RE: Delicious irony...
By tallcool1 on 11/7/2011 1:38:40 PM , Rating: 2
Its called a balance of offense and defense. Sure you can have an all out offensive team. But there is nothing wrong with having a few players setup defensive positions and eliminating the other teams rushers, keeping your flag or domination point safe from being captured. Nothing is more frustrating for the other teams offense if they can't get through your defense.

RE: Delicious irony...
By cjohnson2136 on 11/7/2011 3:18:36 PM , Rating: 3
If they did that that would be great I am talking about the snipers that get the area covered no where no the flag or capture site. Also if we are trying to capture the site it doesn't help for them to stay back because the other people are hiding in corners looking at the site. I do think snipers can be very good for a team but only if they are actually helping with the mission.

RE: Delicious irony...
By batjohn on 11/7/2011 10:32:03 AM , Rating: 5
I think unwittingly you might have just proven his point.

RE: Delicious irony...
By Gondor on 11/7/2011 10:43:53 AM , Rating: 2
Illiterate or drunk much ?

RE: Delicious irony...
By Iaiken on 11/7/2011 12:03:18 PM , Rating: 3
BTW if you haven't taking the time to sit up top of a mountain side and tried to snipe in the game, you should try it.

I wasn't complaining that sniping in that game doesn't take skill. The problem is when you have a team of 16 and only 3 people are trying to actually attack objectives while the other 13 members are camping. I have over 500+ point head shots against moving targets, the difference is, I was inside of one objective shooting out at another.

Anyway, thank you for being the proof in the pudding...

RE: Delicious irony...
By MrBlastman on 11/7/2011 1:04:14 PM , Rating: 3
This happens in all online shooters for the most part and has been around since 1996 when QuakeWorld Team Fortress first came out. There's not much you can do about it unless class limits are introduced as a server-side option or a votekick feature. Other than that, you always have the option to switch to the other team and run em over. ;)

I hate it too. In Team Fortress 2, my favorite (sarcasm) thing to see is four or five people on my team go engineer on a CP map and then hang back and build defenses at our final point without ever bothering to support the offensive push to capture mid and beyond... so instead we're forced back to final and by that time it either turns into a stalemate or we get rolled.

It sucks. If you yell at them, they usually come back at you with nothing or a snarky comment. The same goes for snipers and nobody going medic while the other team has four!

Class limits and votekick--these are the only solution.

RE: Delicious irony...
By Samus on 11/7/2011 11:00:18 AM , Rating: 1
I kind of have to agree. Now the BF3 is out, COD is completely irrelevent. They've been milking that engine for almost four years and its age is showing. I had a LOT of fun with the single player campaign in Modern Warfare but it pale in comparison to BF3 (which clearly ripped off many elements of MW) graphically and "realistically."

I just can't imagine MW3 trumping BF3.

RE: Delicious irony...
By shiftypy on 11/8/2011 3:42:33 AM , Rating: 2
I am BF3 fanboy myself
But I do see couple reasons why MW3 will still be successful
First, the sheer number of owners of previous CoD
Second, using old engine and same principle as previous game CoD should be less buggy. BF3 is not perfect there
Third, its simpler to play

RE: Delicious irony...
By Black1969ta on 11/8/2011 2:15:04 AM , Rating: 2
Lawl of Duty: Moron Warfare

More like,,,

LoL of Duty: Moron Warfare

I could see a good spoof game based on MW3 but instead of Hardcore carnage the game throes insults when you miss, and then you you are in a tight spot and fail the cut-scene shows a miracle/accidental save, ala Homer Simpson, and the squad-mates comment on how freakin' luck you are all the time. Put it in the spirit of the original Duke Nukem.

RE: Delicious irony...
By Strunf on 11/8/2011 8:07:26 AM , Rating: 2
True but DICE is also to blame... pick the Metro level (conquest) it's like playing MW, heck on this map you don't do anything else than throwing nades and rockets.
Also what's the deal with vehicles that heal themselves ????

RE: Delicious irony...
By KOOLTIME on 11/9/11, Rating: 0
RE: Delicious irony...
By NellyFromMA on 11/7/2011 12:41:29 PM , Rating: 2
Man down

RE: Delicious irony...
By M W 3 on 11/7/2011 6:29:28 PM , Rating: 2
the only people who are playing the game are the people that work there and they aren't banned but those guys should be for stealing.

By TemjinGold on 11/7/2011 9:51:55 AM , Rating: 2
They go for ~70 euros each?! Who's the real robber here?

RE: Whoa...
By Marlin1975 on 11/7/2011 10:11:30 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe that includes the VAT tax, i.e. Federal tax on all goods.
and/or the "retail" price that no one ever charges.

RE: Whoa...
By TSS on 11/7/2011 10:51:40 AM , Rating: 2
Here in holland, modern warfare 1 cost 59,99 euro's, MW2 cost the same, and MW3 will cost the same. I'll always remember this clearly because i had to chose between COD4 and crysis for my 2007 christmas game and i bought crysis 2 because COD4 cost 60 euro's and i simply wasn't going to pay so much for a game (a traditional store bought non-mmo game that is).

A few quick references: We used the dutch guilder till 2002. around 2001, AAA titles cost 100 guilders, with the regular ones costing 90 guilders, with some anticipated games going for 105. Now, 1 euro ~ 2,2 guilders. So AAA games should cost around 45 euro's, With 40 euro's being the standard.

50 euro's is the standard however and has been ever since that damn euro was implemented. I'm willing to accept it. However, COD4 cost 60 euro's, or 132 guilders, 6 years after we've gone to the euro. I'm never going to pay for a 32% increase in 6 years. If it's development costs then simply don't spend so much making a game. But we all know it's not.

To make matters worse, at the time of COD4 the euro was at an all time high (rose higher later) against the dollar. I looked it up on bestbuy, and saw i could buy COD4 for $45 dollars. With the $1,47 per euro exchange rate at the time, for us the game cost $88 dollars.

With MW3 the difference is less, costing us $82 and at best buy $60. Still it's an outragous price. EA might be pure evil but if there's ever was a money grubbing publisher it would be Activision-Blizzard (with the announced D3 items for cash features, continued milking of WoW and really just mooching off prior success, blizzard is no better anymore).

By comparison i picked up Battlefield 3 for 40 euro's. Damn EA and their crappy authentication servers and backend, but atleast their still semi-reasonable with prices (probably the only reason they haven't been burned at the stake yet).

RE: Whoa...
By brshoemak on 11/7/2011 10:30:07 AM , Rating: 3
No, Best Buy are the professionals when it comes to robbing people - as seen here:

$99 dollar MW3 themed glasses. One of the major selling point is that it:

Limits airflow and maintains moisture near the eyes while providing a slight magnification effect optimized for viewing digital screens and helping the eye muscles to relax thanks to the highly wrapped, curved lens shape.


RE: Whoa...
By FITCamaro on 11/7/2011 10:47:14 AM , Rating: 2
Well ignoring the BS, glasses that filter some light do a lot to reduce eyestrain.

RE: Whoa...
By Bizarro on 11/7/2011 12:49:00 PM , Rating: 2
How is it Best Buy's fault for selling a product that some consumers want to purchase? If that's your yardstick by which you measure, there must be a lot of businesses that you can't shop at out of principle.

RE: Whoa...
By Solandri on 11/7/2011 2:47:36 PM , Rating: 2
On broad economic terms, the market is most efficient (sellers make the most money, buyers get the most value from their purchases) when the price a good is sold at is slightly above the cost to produce it. If it costs $20 to make those glasses, and there's enough demand for BB to sell them for $99, then they'd make a heckuva lot more money selling them at $30.

There are a few exceptions and special cases where it doesn't work this way (e.g. monopolies), but in general this is how economics works. Overpriced goods harm the economy by reducing the amount of money buyers have left to spend on other, more efficient, goods.

RE: Whoa...
By Iaiken on 11/7/2011 2:07:57 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody ever went broke by underestimating the desires of stupid people... A fool and his money are soon parted.

Did I understand this correcly?
By banvetor on 11/7/2011 10:33:25 AM , Rating: 2
So, these guys at this day and age do not track each shipped copy individually? So they cannot know which are the serial numbers of the copies stolen?

If they knew, it was simply a matter of banning these serials and then all the copies would be worthless...

By cjohnson2136 on 11/7/2011 11:06:50 AM , Rating: 2
Is it really worth going through all that trouble for 600 copies? I doubt it.

By Makaveli on 11/7/2011 12:01:45 PM , Rating: 3
This article doesn't specify if this is the 360/ps3 version or the PC version.

And for the Record BF3 > Call of Recycle 3 : Moron Warfare !

RE: Did I understand this correcly?
By Wurum on 11/7/2011 12:20:58 PM , Rating: 2
That doesn't do anything to the theivs. Once the theifs sell the game to someone dumb enough to buy a stolen copy, they don't care if it's banned or not, they have their money.

600 or 6,000?
By Tunrip on 11/7/2011 10:51:18 AM , Rating: 3
I read the headline and thought, "Oh, 600 doesn't sound too bad" - and then saw that the article said 6,000!

Which is it - 600 or 6,000? :)

RE: 600 or 6,000?
By cjohnson2136 on 11/7/2011 10:57:57 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe the truck contained 6000 but they only got away with with 600

RE: 600 or 6,000?
By Tiffany Kaiser on 11/7/11, Rating: 0
Top tip
By happyforthebest on 11/14/2011 9:43:55 AM , Rating: 2
MW3 should make a 16 version then they will make more money and a lot more people would buy it

World at war 16
Cod 4
Modern warfare 1

All these was successful

RE: Top tip
By happyforthebest on 11/14/2011 9:48:55 AM , Rating: 2
100% :)

By unsurehubris on 11/7/2011 12:10:31 PM , Rating: 3
Am I the only person that thinks it would have been a lot easier for the thieves to have just relabeled some copies of MW2 with a MW3 cover?

Each new version of the MW franchise seems to get more linear, and AI more simplistic. It feels like Activision just waits a year, slaps a new "world is coming to an end" story, adds some rage-inducing perks, and sits back with a new world's best seller. Maybe I'm getting jaded in my old age, but I'm ready for something new.

MW3 != Mechwarrior 3
By erple2 on 11/12/2011 1:10:15 AM , Rating: 2
I was bummed that this wasn't about a sequel to the ~1993-ish game, but some other tired out franchise.

By happyforthebest on 11/14/2011 9:46:50 AM , Rating: 2
ALL my friends say MW3 should be a 16

Hey look...
By LRonaldHubbs on 11/7/11, Rating: -1
RE: Hey look...
By LRonaldHubbs on 11/8/2011 6:28:25 AM , Rating: 3
Shame on me for caring about what words mean and sticking to actual definitions, instead of accepting the more popular (an nonsensical) sensationalized terminology.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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