With every release of a major video game title, electronics stores prepare themselves for the huge crowds that will brave any weather to get their hands on the game. The fans find the strength to stand in a long line for hours in order to obtain that prized possession. But, to the devoted gamer, it is definitely worth the wait.
One fan, however, showed his true devotion at a local Best Buy store in North Salida Court, Aurora, Colorado, in the early hours of November 8, 2011. According to Aurora Police detective Bob Friel, a man by the name of Lomorin Sar purportedly threatened the employees at the electronics store after they sold out of the highly anticipated video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Lomorin vowed to shoot them when the employees were in the parking lot and planned to “blow up” the store for failing to sell him the game, thus unleashing a “modern warfare” of his own, stated Friel.
Police were then alerted and eventually arrested the man near Tower Road and 35th Avenue shortly after he left the store. As a result of his behavior, Lomorin was issued a summons for disorderly conduct. He had also been contacted six times previously by the police for traffic-related incidents.
As bizarre as it sounds, another Modern Warfare-inspired criminal act had taken place in France the past weekend, where a truck driver transporting 6,000 copies of the Call of Duty game was tear-gassed and robbed by a number of men.
These particular stories of hardcore fanaticism clearly show how far a devoted fan would go towards getting a video game, but taking things a little too far at the same time and putting others at a potential risk.
Matthew Martinez of Aurora, another devoted fan of the Call of Duty series, had put in $100 to get the elite edition of the game, but admits that the intensity of the fanaticism is pretty “crazy.”
It is crazy indeed.
[Source: 9NEWS ]