Video Game sales are the cornerstone of the gaming experience, as simple as it may be. Finding, taking, and paying for the game is, in its essence, the formula to the basic of all experiences that, to gamers, fuels the fire for their night’s of deathmatches and Deep Campaigns. Many even camp out in line for Midnight Releases, like the recent Call of Duty:Black Ops 2 and Halo 4.
Now, could this experience be tainted?
What if it was corrupted long after it was already over?
In the past couple weeks, that just happens to be the case.
Disc distribution centers, those which produce the disc with labels and packaging, all around the world are tasked daily with sorting disc, with Developers content, into correct cases with correct labels, then seal up the product to be shipped out.
The process is simple, one done everyday, right? Fool proof?
According to the latest events with both Activision and Warner Bros./Traveler’s Tales games, it’s hardly fool proof. With both companies having felt the sting of similar distribution debacles, both are probably feeling the pain just after the release of Black Ops 2 and Lego Lord of the Rings.
The companies that produce the discs (names unknown) seem to have had some mix ups recently with two newly released titles when shipments have shown up in stores.
Activision’s Black Ops 2 came with a little bonus for the fans who bought the game. Once checking on the second disc for installation, instead of seeing the Black Ops 2 label, as the disc had shown, the familiar screen from EA’s fan favorite Mass Effect 2 was before them, telling them to install said game. Reports state that the mixup is in limited quantity, those who already picked up the Black Ops 2 ME Edition say they weren’t expecting the technoligixal threat of the Reapers.
While in the land of Lego, Traveler’s Tales/Warner Bros. New Lord of the Rings title has been released with a bit of an odd looking label. When a store employee encountered a customer with a disc reading “Demo Disc. Not For Sale” on the bottom, they investigated the entire box to find out they all read the same way.
Good news though, PS3 owners may not worry just yet as the only cases have been with Xbox customers. Bad News? The Xbox Players already beat the game… Twice.
Respwn Point has reached out to both Activision and Warner Bros for comment.
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