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Posted: Nov 5th 2008 6:08PM (Unverified) said

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You realize that someone who stole 4000 copies of a game is going to try and re-sell them, not play them, right? The only people that would get caught by registering a stolen disk are the hapless bystanders that bought the stolen merchandise, most likely from a mail order retailer without even suspecting they were stolen. And that's assuming there's a record of the cd-keys for every box stolen, which seems unlikely.

Most likely this crime will never be solved, as the boxes simply melt into the marketplace with somebody other than the original owner making a profit.

Posted: Nov 5th 2008 6:10PM (Unverified) said

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Sorry, by 'mail order retailer' I meant something like those Ebay stores that exist as little more than warehouses with a virtual storefront. Retailer was a misnomer.
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Posted: Nov 5th 2008 6:13PM Mr Angry said

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If the perpetrator is able to shift 4000 copies of AoC by whatever means, good luck to him, as he's doing a far better job that FunCom's marketing department. In fact, they should offer him a job.

Posted: Nov 5th 2008 6:30PM (Unverified) said

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haha nice
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Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:36PM (Unverified) said

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if they can sell them yes they should offer them a job
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Posted: Nov 5th 2008 6:28PM (Unverified) said

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How is it pointless? As PeterD mentioned, they will probably sell them to eBay sellers, Amazon marketplace sellers, etc. If they sold each copy for only $5, they just made an easy $20k. Heck, even $4000 isn't bad if they sell them for a dollar apiece.

Posted: Nov 5th 2008 6:51PM Samael said

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Lets not forget it might be that Conan game for the 360 thats out. And I am sure they will be selling it.

Posted: Nov 5th 2008 7:17PM (Unverified) said

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So THIS is where Massively gets all their swag for giveaways?!

Posted: Nov 5th 2008 7:24PM Kemikalkadet said

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Age of Conan is still in development for the 360 and isn't anywhere near finalisation, let alone pressing and shipping. I assume the game stolen was "Conan" not "Age of Conan". Didn't anyone think to check this story out before copy/pasting it from CVG?

Posted: Nov 5th 2008 8:04PM (Unverified) said

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stupit brits - they should have ask on gaming forums. I am sure there are plenty guys who want get rid of this box for free.

Posted: Nov 5th 2008 9:23PM (Unverified) said

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I bet FunCom is thinking, "Yes! Now we can deduct of the *full* market value of those boxes as a loss!"

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 2:26AM (Unverified) said

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This is the best joke of the week !

There is not a sane person in this MMO business who still buys Age of Conan. 750K boxes sold and 730K linger on all the attics or were even given to the trash collect.
It reminds me of Tabular rasa: at amazon.com they are selling TR NOW at 0.99 US dollar a piece.

Say who wants to have some nice collectable cardgame boxes of Star Wars and Star Trek. :)))))

Those thieves should have stolen CE editions of TBC instead. Going at 250 dollars a piece these days LOL

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 5:20AM Urban Monkey said

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No good can come out of this?

What about the 4,000 people saved from paying £17 for the scam called AoC? They are just doing the locals a favor by keeping crap off their streets.

I say these thieves should be named the Robin Hoods of Bradford.

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 7:03AM (Unverified) said

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There is a follow on report about this theft story.

Apparently, after opening the boxes, the thieves realised what they had stolen, were extremely disappointed and have promptly returned it.

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 2:18PM Triskelion said

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What they fail to mention is; after playing the game the perpetrator later returned 3,999 copies of the game to that same truck.

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