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Modern Warfare 3 causing Mass Hysteria Amongst Bootleggers

Over the weekend, a few men in France crashed their car into a truck that was carrying video game-related cargo (which was later figured out to be Infinity Ward's latest title, Modern Warfare 3), and upon breaking into the truck, attacked the driver and passenger with tear gas.  In similar fashion, another heist was conducted, in which a car was used to block the road which a truck was traveling, allowing the assailants to steal the truck with the games in it.

The second attack was not monetized, but the number of copies stolen from the first heist cost somewhere around €400,000, and the physical number of copies stolen was in the range of 6,000.  While this may seem like a fairly large-scale crime, bootlegged copies of Modern Warfare 3 are being leaked all over the place.  With such a wide-scale release, the number of copies produced is massive, so if some low level worker at Wal-Mart decides to go into the back and cut into the palette, he or she could sell the copies of the game for massive profit (in fact, the most expensive copy of the game on eBay reached 1,700 dollars).  If you’re one who can wait though, MW3 comes out later tonight at a much more reasonable price.        


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