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Armed Robbers Steal 100 Copies of COD BlackOps

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And now you can get your own copy from the store, AND you won't need a handgun. You will need $60, though.

Every new Call of Duty game is a highly anticipated release, but the latest Black Ops chapter that is set to release on Tuesday was so hot that robbers stole 100 copies of the game from GameStop before launch day.

At least two men, wielding handguns, hit a GameStop in Harford County just around closing time on Saturday night. Both the staff and the two unlucky customers were forced into the storage area, but were thankfully unharmed.

The robbers fled in a white minivan, which investigators believe may link this robbery to a previous GameStop holdup in Aberdeen.

The robbers made off with four cases filled with Call of Duty: Black Ops. Police are now asking for residents to call the sheriff's office if they were offered a copy of the game prior to the release date.

Source: Baltimore Sun

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    thechief73 , November 9, 2010 11:50 AM
    Now theres a sign that your charging too darn much for you games! Thieves are now stealing a video game, instead of going after jewlery or cars(stereos) or whatever is HOT these days. Im sure its because they are an easy turnaround/sell and if not they got a game to sit around and play, a nice advantage over gold/speakers/or a car.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , November 9, 2010 11:35 AM
    The true definition of Nerd Rage.... Or just plain stupid :p 
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    Anonymous , November 9, 2010 11:37 AM
    Well it's obviously that the violence in video games drove these criminals to do this... now excuse me while I contact Jack Thompson.
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  • 20 Hide
    N.Broekhuijsen , November 9, 2010 11:35 AM
    The true definition of Nerd Rage.... Or just plain stupid :p 
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    Anonymous , November 9, 2010 11:37 AM
    Well it's obviously that the violence in video games drove these criminals to do this... now excuse me while I contact Jack Thompson.
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    thechief73 , November 9, 2010 11:50 AM
    Now theres a sign that your charging too darn much for you games! Thieves are now stealing a video game, instead of going after jewlery or cars(stereos) or whatever is HOT these days. Im sure its because they are an easy turnaround/sell and if not they got a game to sit around and play, a nice advantage over gold/speakers/or a car.
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    Anonymous , November 9, 2010 11:52 AM
    cant they just follow the product keys or registration?
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    ghnader hsmithot , November 9, 2010 12:04 PM
    thechief73Now theres a sign that your charging too darn much for you games! Thieves are now stealing a video game, instead of going after jewlery or cars(stereos) or whatever is HOT these days. Im sure its because they are an easy turnaround/sell and if not they got a game to sit around and play, a nice advantage over gold/speakers/or a car.


    Yes games are much more expensive than movies..Which take even millions more to produce..Sad day for gamers..Hope they change the market soon
  • 3 Hide
    jomofro39 , November 9, 2010 12:07 PM
    Shame. Glad nobody was hurt.
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    nesters , November 9, 2010 12:10 PM
    Probably it's just a marketing campaign.
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    joz , November 9, 2010 12:20 PM
    Just a bunch of Battlefield players wanting BO to fail.
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    uruquiora , November 9, 2010 12:21 PM
    ofc it's spam ... rofl
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    spanspace , November 9, 2010 12:22 PM
    I play battlefield and hope it succeeds. Both BC2 and CoD:BO will get equal game time.
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    winner4455 , November 9, 2010 12:33 PM
    Sarcasimcant they just follow the product keys or registration?


    They don't really know what the keys are...
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    dark_lord69 , November 9, 2010 12:41 PM
    100 games X $60 = $6,000 = Grand Theft = Felony = Serious Jail Time
    If I was a cop I would keep a close eye on eBay and Craigslist.
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    x3style , November 9, 2010 12:41 PM
    Marcus YamPolice are now asking for residents to call the sheriff's office if they were offered a copy of the game prior to the release date.


    Yeah like the ones who would buy a copy before release day on the black market of a insanley anticipated game will risk having his copy blocked/removed willingly. Are you stupid or what?!
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    the_al , November 9, 2010 12:45 PM
    Boycott all future CoD games that are released through Activision:

    reasons below:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinity_Ward

    West and Zampella v. Activision

    Following the initial news of West and Zampella's departure, it was reported that Infinity Ward has not received royalties from the sales of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and that the developer may have breached their contract with Activision by holding meetings with other video game publishers including Electronic Arts.[29][32] This was revealed to be the reason behind the firings when West and Zampella filed a lawsuit against Activision on March 4, 2010 over "substantial royalty payments" that Activision failed to pay them in the weeks leading up to their firing. According to their attorney Robert Schwartz, Activision had hired lawyers to investigate West and Zampella on charges of insubordination and breaches of contract in February, which culminated in their dismissal. West and Zampella's lawsuit was filed to force Activision to compensate West and Zampella for the unpaid royalties, and to secure contractual rights over the Modern Warfare branch of the Call of Duty franchise, among other things.[33] If their lawsuit is successful, West and Zampella could retain the power to halt the development and release of any future games and downloadable content in the Modern Warfare setting.[32]

    On April 9, 2010 a countersuit was filed by Activision stating their actions in firing Zampella and West were justified, calling the two "self-serving schemers".[34] Zampella and West's attorney responded to the countersuit the same day saying the publisher's claims are "false and outrageous".[35] The trial date for this case was revealed on July 9, 2010 to be scheduled for May 23, 2011.[36] The countersuit mentioned that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is in development.[37]
    [edit] Infinity Ward Employee Group v. Activision

    On April 27, 2010, 38 current and former employees of Infinity Ward brought a lawsuit against Activision. Calling themselves the "Infinity Ward Employee Group" (IWEG), the plaintiffs seek between $75 million and $125 million in compensatory damages from Activision for unpaid bonuses for work on Modern Warfare 2. The lawsuit alleges that Activision withheld compensation from the plaintiffs in order to force them to stay with the studio and develop Modern Warfare 3.[38] In addition, the plaintiffs are also seeking between $75 million and $500 million in punitive damages.[39]The trial date for this case was revealed on July 9, 2010 to be scheduled for May 23, 2011.[40]
    [edit] Respawn Entertainment

    On April 12, 2010 the LA Times reported that West and Zampella were forming a new independent gaming studio known as Respawn Entertainment. They are seeking funding from EA through the EA Partners Program. West and Zampella will incorporate the rights to all intellectual property produced by them in the future.[41][42][43] As of July 10, 2010, 38 of the 46 Infinity Ward employees who resigned from that studio following the firings of West and Zampella revealed through their LinkedIn and Facebook profiles that they had signed on with Respawn Entertainment.[31][44] According to comments by the employees, Respawn was expected to begin work on its first project in May 2010.[45]
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    Anonymous , November 9, 2010 12:48 PM
    Another reason to only make the game downloaded for purchase. No more dvd/cd/etc. Just download it and this wouldn't happen. Sad.
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    the_al , November 9, 2010 12:55 PM
    Blackops was not made by the same crew that made Modern Warfare 2.
    A new crew came in, worked with code created by a team that is gone, and are going to try to profit off the success of the brand, that was made possible by infinity ward. Activision is the epitomy of a leech, and a symbiotic parasite.
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    Nesto1000 , November 9, 2010 1:11 PM
    johnnydjAnother reason to only make the game downloaded for purchase. No more dvd/cd/etc. Just download it and this wouldn't happen. Sad.

    but not everyone has super fast download speeds...
    I know i don't, and won't for some time. And then what about hard drive space one the consoles? Their HDD space is limited to what can be saved on there as well.
    I'm both a PC and a console gamer, and I know that I wouldn't want spend a long while downloading a game on both my PC or console...
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    lichtsabel , November 9, 2010 1:17 PM
    They just realized that the punishment for getting caught stealing boxed copies from a store would be definitely lighter than the punishment they'll get by getting caught doing a P2P download of that same game.

    Kinda like how the other previous incidents featured here on Tom's played out.

    It seems they decided to play it to the tune of how the times are changing.
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    DjEaZy , November 9, 2010 1:20 PM
    ... PR stunt!!!
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    reaper2794 , November 9, 2010 1:23 PM
    Consoles... lmfao...
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