Old Fashioned 'Pirates' Steal 6,000 Copies Of The New Call Of Duty Game
from the time-to-institute-some-PRM,-perhaps? dept
Via Computer and Video Games comes the somewhat surprising news of actual theft(!).
French site TFI News reports that the truck suffered a collision with a car on saturday morning in Créteil, south Paris, before two masked individuals emerged.Additional details from the source article (via Google Translate) indicate that a second truck was hit later in the day, bringing the total loss to nearly 800,000 euros.
The criminals reportedly used tear gas to neutralise the truck drivers before hopping in and making off with the video game shipment said to be worth 400,000 Euros.
Separate reports say the truck contained a delivery of Activision's much-anticipated shooter, Modern Warfare 3 - an estimated 6000 copies of it.
This time the bad guys, three hooded people, used a weapon to commandeer the vehicle after having blocked the road. They quickly escape the wheel of the delivery van containing the same game.While stealing physical product would seem to be completely redundant in this age of "epidemic level" piracy, there's something to be said about putting in a dishonest day's work. Of course, these stolen goods will likely be useless, considering Activision will likely have already pinned down the serial numbers affected by the time Jean Q. Publique has purchased his copy via LeBay or whatever. While pirating in the physical realm allows you to wear kickass hoods and toss around tear gas, the pirated digital equivalent will contain none of the damning evidence (invalid serial numbers, tear gas residue) and all of the fun of the original. I mean, this is a Call of Duty game and you're going to want to get online, right? Nobody buys/steals CoD for the single player.
On the other hand, maybe there's another lesson to be learned from this. Perhaps the "new" piracy will start to resemble the "old" piracy again. After all, the content industries would much rather have you stealing their physical product than downloading the hell out of it, as is evidenced by Creative