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Infinity Ward Bosses Missing, Staff "Freaked" And "Confused"

This is almost too Bond-esque to be believable, but considering G4 is the source and we're nowhere near April 1, we'll assume it's legit...as strange and ominous as it sounds.

According to G4TV, something a little unsettling is happening at Infinity Ward HQ. Apparently, a source close to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 developer said a "bunch of bouncer-types" just showed up at the studio and wouldn't tell anyone why they were there. The source adds that everyone in the office is "on edge" and nobody has any idea what's happening; the tension has risen because IW head bosses Vince Zampella and Jason West have not returned from a meeting with Activision earlier in the day. Lately, they say the relationship between developer and publisher has been "tense," and because of all the combined elements to this story, IW team members are being described as "freaked out and confused." Neither Activision or Infinity Ward has issued anything official on the matter, and we're not even going to guess. This whole thing sounds just too dark and bizarre; we really hope it's just getting a little blown out of proportion and nothing serious has happened.  We're also not willing to guess at the "boucer types;" in all honesty, we didn't know any game companies had such types on staff.

What is with the news this week? Are the stars or planets aligned in a certain pattern? Since when are we writing news stories like this?

3/2/2010 12:15:03 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (118 posts)

Xra897
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:25:11 AM
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Noooooo, not Infinidy Ward.
Activision back off!

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:36:47 AM

Poetic justice. I'm all smiles over this story.

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Oxvial
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:49:34 AM

me too I'm just really happy with these news.
still wonder if I'm dreaming.

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rogers71
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 7:47:19 AM

Don't worry....Treyarch just took out IW. No big deal. Maybe we can get some zombies back into COD now.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 8:37:36 AM

Great point Animal.

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rogers71
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 9:31:03 AM

@LV... I cannot believe that you agree with Animal. come on now!!!

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 9:37:20 AM

I seldom agree with a majority of the posts on here, what better post to agree with than one without words!

ha!

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rogers71
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 9:48:06 AM

OK, good point. I guess after not reading animals post, I can see where you are coming from. Carry on LV.

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Naztycuts
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:31:35 AM
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WOW! I see someone important is getting tired of carepackage glitches and getting booted out of games with their friends. Seriously though they'll sugarcoat it and tell us MW3 will be here in 2012! Bobby Kotex wants herself another billion dollar game so he sent some goons over to rough up Robert Bowling.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 4:46:43 AM

@Naztycuts,
The real (short) story is probably this.....

Kotex to 2 IW bosses:
You go make MW3!

2 IW bosses to Kotex:
NO, we'll be making a new IP

Kotex to 2 EX-IW bosses:
You're fired...you're fired too, dismissed!

Kotex to security team: Make sure they make out of the building ASAP!!!!!!

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leatherface
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 11:27:22 AM

Bobby Nodick, made them an offer they can't refuse.

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Jed
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:25:46 PM

"You're fired", "You're fired". "Nice suit". "You're a dashing man".


I'm sorry, I have seen that commercial too many times and have to get it out of my head.

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OtisFeelgood
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:37:03 AM
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lol wtf

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OtisFeelgood
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:38:46 AM
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G4TV says West is unemployed now... o_0

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:39:53 AM
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Activision is shutting IW down and have called in the bailiffs?

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___________
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 4:04:52 AM

what!
as if activision are shutting down IW after the millions of dollars they have made moneyvision.
has everyone forgotten mw2 is the worlds best selling game to date?
i dont know about you, but if a company was making a product for me and it sold 12+ million units id do everything to make sure they stay alive, not kill them off.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 4:33:52 AM

@Gabriel013,
No, I seriously doubt that IW is being shut down.
I believe that the 2 IW bosses got tired of Kotex's crap & since he couldn't make them his puppets to keep MW3 alive, he fired them.

My guess is that IW will now start going down the tubes though because Anti-vision's puppet-master will now put his own yes men in those positions & yank their strings high up around their crotches every time he wants things done his way.

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___________
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 6:45:32 AM

actually come to think of it that makes perfect sense.
i remember reading that IWs CEO i think it was did not want to do any more COD games, this was before MW2 was announced, he said they wanted to go onto other projects.
than it was announced, and they were asked jokingly when MW3 will be out and he replied im bored of COD i want to do something different.
looks like we have another bungie on our hands, better leave than run your own series into the ground.

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 7:56:42 AM

I wasn't suggesting it would make any business sense.

They could aim to canibalise IW. Not sure how much control over IW activities Activision has at the moment but they'll definitely have their own ideas about the sorts of games the developer should be making.

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___________
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 @ 1:07:31 AM

o, no doubt they will.
it looks like there after the publishing rights to MW because IW wants out, so there going to make IWs life a living hell in hopes they will cave under the pressure.
bully tactics, the last resort of a coward!

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:42:35 AM
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It's the Russians!

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Qwarktast1c
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 3:00:47 AM

damn commies! ;)

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animalmother
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 8:31:07 AM

Russians deserve a good game !

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natho86
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:53:25 AM
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lol thats a little bit different!

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:04:03 AM
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Interesting.

This story has definitely piqued my interest. Keep us afloat of the goings-on Ben. This doesn't sound like your average daily gaming news.

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Qubex
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:04:55 AM
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Activision is being deactivated :)

They've sent an attack wave to the IW rebel outpost... but it will fail!

Q!

"it only does self resurrection"

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helgso
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 9:28:12 AM

I miss

Q!

"I am home!"

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Dridion
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:06:07 AM
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In other news today....Sony made yahoo headlines :)

http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/patterson/65898

Did they do the same when mass panic was rocketing due to the RROD? If not than I'm very disappointed. Ben is right though, these has been one VERY weird week.

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laxpro2001
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:10:47 AM
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this is really weird but I think w/e is happening it is getting blown out of proportion. If what Otisfeelgood said is correct the "security esque" people could have been there to escort the recently unemployed West out?

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Imagi
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:18:07 AM
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Jason West's Linkedin profile has been updated.

President/Game Director/CCO/CTO Infinity Ward January 2001 – March 2010 (9 years 3 months)

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laxpro2001
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:31:29 AM

WOW!!

Your post has reminded me I really have to get started on my Linkedin profile.

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just2skillf00l
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:38:42 AM
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Seems like it's gonna be a rough week for all. Technical issues with the PS3, missing bosses at developer's studios...what's next...oh right, had to pay rent today. Well...it could be worse. I could've been kidnapped by bouncers right after the night my PS3 crashed therefore missing the opportunity to pay rent (not to mention missing a night with my PS3) which would have ended with me getting kicked out of the apartment complex...not to mention me still being in the hands of the bouncers.

If you're ever feeling unlucky, just think of the worst possible fate (almost unreal) you could possibly imagine, and I guarentee you, your situation and circumstances you're being confronted with will decrease in severity by your imagination - your actual situation. Yeah, I just created an equation, so use it!

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cLoudou
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:39:12 AM
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Wait a minute. So....is IW dead now?

Can a company, let's say Sony for example, hire these guys and make MW3 a PS3 exclusive?

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:47:38 AM

No.
Hopefully not.

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cLoudou
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:08:39 AM

lol, simple questions.
thanks.

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Qwarktast1c
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 3:05:05 AM

@ cLoudou

while i don't really care for MW, that would give the bots something to rant about lol

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cLoudou
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 3:11:23 AM

same, and agreed Qwark

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 5:04:21 AM

Yes, Sony could fire them now that they're unemployed, if anytime limits to work for another company weren't in place.

And depending on whether the rest of the team at IW either cowers under Anti-vision, or all quits or resigns in protest to the firing, maybe they could be picked up by Sony & renamed as a new developer team.

Of course the big question is do the rest of IW's staff have signed contracts with IW or with Anti-vision's puppetmaster?

And if so, is there a clause or hidden loophole that one or all can get out of.

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WolfCrimson
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 8:46:20 AM

@cLoudou's first comment: If I were the head of Sony Computer Entertainment, I would do that, just to spite the Xbots.

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Godslim
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 8:51:20 AM

"No.
Hopefully not. "

tbh it would be a good idea on sonys part as having the mw team who are very talented could make them other great exclusives and the fact that having the mw series on ps3 would probably get ps3 selling way more than 360

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 8:56:29 AM

He asked a question and I answered it honestly. I would prefer there be no exclusive FPS on the PS3 since I don't play them on the PS3. Go ahead and disagree with me, I'm simply speaking for myself and I'm sure that was obvious.

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DarthSayver21
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 11:29:54 AM

its possible an it'll B awesome if MW we'll be a PS3 Exclusive for now on. imagine SONY taking these guys under der wings and very-very-DEEP-pockets. n give them der own studio 2 work on with da SONY technology support on der Back. this effed up news turned in2 a blessing in disguise real talk.

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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:48:18 AM
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Bouncer types? Maybe they just hired a few new workers who were like Gabe Newell, only liked to wear suites and has the ability to stand

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CHAOS THEORY X
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:50:25 AM
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Someone throw a great plot twist in here, watching Heroes, which has probably the best plot twists ever

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cLoudou
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:07:21 AM

Where's M. Night Shyamalan when you need him.

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sunspider13
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:11:04 AM
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Good God that's some scary and weird news.

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Qwarktast1c
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 3:03:12 AM
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this is weird!!! it's a video game conspiracy!!!

cue dramatic music....

perhaps we need liam neeson on the case.... he has a certain set of skills that are perfect for finding people

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 5:11:28 AM

@Qwarktast1c,
Yup, this could make for another in a great series of conspiracy games....

"Deus Ex 5: The Anti-Vision Puppet-master"

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Sithis
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 3:24:12 AM
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Meh. Couldn't care any less. Anyways, like LV, I'm smiles too...

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___________
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 4:01:14 AM

we heard you the first time.
n dont be selfish people could probably loose their jobs over this.

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Imagi
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 3:48:34 AM
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It is very odd the way this is being handled, must be more than meets the eye.

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___________
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 4:00:14 AM
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deja vu, this is exactly what happened to pandemic before they got shut down.
not saying that will happen to IW because they are making moneyvision so much cashola.
ive been saying for years they need to get away from moneyvision.
its so sad when great talanted developers get bogged down by publishers like IW, bungie, ID, visceral.
publishers have to much power over developers these days its not fair, developers bust their a$$ making a game and get paid pittens.
where the publishers do nothing but talk sh*t and advertise the games and get paid millions.
my tafe teacher for example, he releases games onto XBLA hes spent the last 2 years creating his latest game and just finished last month.
he only gets paid 50K a year, i was getting paid more than that when i was a refrigeration mechanic trainee.

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 4:13:25 AM
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Shug Knight is at it AGAIN!

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Natalisrubbish
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 11:02:48 AM

HAHA I might be one of the few on this site that gets that, but that was funny sir!

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www
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 4:20:07 AM
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Kotick said he was gonna intimidate and put fear in developers, and he's showed it. Wow am shocked at hearing this news. These 2 might be headed to EA to help in shaping up Medal Of Honor. What a way to loose your job, been removed from the office by security guards, damn, I wonder what BAD they coulda done.

Wow Kotick....really! Wow!!!

"What is with the news this week? Are the stars or planets aligned in a certain pattern? Since when are we writing news stories like this?"

Tell me about it, I'm also having some serious issues going on this week and I'm even finding it hard getting a peace of mind to post a comment here.

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 5:09:23 AM

Well I'm totally against communist practices so I hope that these guys find jobs at EA. They are turning a new leaf over at EA while Acti is headed down that despotic road EA was in...

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www
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 5:21:32 AM

Yea Acti is going down with a dictator like Kotick running things.

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Hezzron
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 8:17:29 AM

My greatest fear is that Microsoft snatches them up and starts making exclusives with them. That would be a sad day.

This is in line with what Activision has done with the Guitar Hero developers, buy them then throw them out on their butts.

Is it possible that Activision has become worse than EA ever was?

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animalmother
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 8:34:44 AM

You guys are confusing Communist with fascist or dictator, the 2 do not go hand in hand.

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 10:08:09 AM

Actually, Kotick would be communistic. He wants the devs below him to fear him and is trouncing them for the better of the whole being the stock holders first and the product/consumer after with the devs themselves disposable.

Bit of a run-on but I don't feel like nitpicking...

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Fane1024
Thursday, March 04, 2010 @ 12:40:21 AM

WAGE

You clearly don't understand communism. What you are describing is classic capitalism (stock holders before workers, etc.). Communism would be more or less the opposite.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 4:23:46 AM
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IS I.W. owned by Activision???

IMO, I believe they are, because after reading everything here & also at the updated link too, it sounds just like what happens at a lot of my own workplaces whenever a President or big boss is fired.

And if so, then Kotex fired both IW bosses & barred them from returning to their IW offices(that's exactly why their own IW co-workers no longer saw them after their big meeting, & they mistakenly considered them as MIA's).

Also, whenever a major company with industrial/corporate/or product secrets fires a big shot, security escorts them right out the building at that very second the meeting is over with, no if's, and's or but's.
Another security team goes to their offices to bar them from going there or taking anything out.

And this is all because of perceived notions that the fired bosses may try to do some "corporate espionage" or may even try to sabotage the firing company and/or bosses.

FYI, any high-up that's fired, is barred right away to lessen the chance of revenge on the company and/or person that fired them(maybe just by taking sensitive lists, documents, plans, computer files, discs or other memory cards, blueprints, internal memos, trade secrets, etc, etc, etc).

The firing company then sends security to go through their office belongings & take inventory of it. Then they'll get the OK to box up all the remaining stuff that wasn't deemed as company owned goods, products, supplies, or any company-sensitive materials, sending back the rest to the fired boss.

BTW, if that fired employee tries to return to their office or just go to see their co-workers there, then they'll be automatically arrested & charged with "Defiant trespass", at the very least.
Only with the firing company's permission, & with a security detailed escort would that ever be allowed(and is extremely rare at that)

BTW, just because security does all that, I do want to make it perfectly clear, that all of the above in no way implies that the fired boss has, or is, about to do any wrongdoing what so ever.
It's basically just a precautionary step that all companies with sensitive corporate secrets do, just to assure themselves that it can't/won't happen.

If anyone's wondering do I would know all of this, it's simple......
I've been one of those Security bouncer types at different times for two major companies, that are known worldwide.

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JAMES M
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 4:35:02 AM
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there over at dice playing bad company 2

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Imagi
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 5:03:57 AM
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If this is how they treat their most profitable studio I would hate to be any of the others. Should be interesting to see the what and why when the dust settles.

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kraygen
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 5:10:51 AM
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No, no no. You've got it all wrong.

It's the government man! The government!

They realized that mw2 was being used to train terrorist spies and so they sent their goons in to take control of the company so they can monitor who is playing mw2.

This way the government knows who is winning and they can come to your house in the middle of the night and take you.

The I.W. boss was simply the terrorist cell leader and he's been pulled to a hidden facility to be interrogated and then brainwashed into working for us.

Its all a conspiracy dudes, stop playing mw2 and get a real game. lol

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Imagi
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 6:28:20 AM

The government is already one step ahead, The American Army game is a training and recruitment tool that has been out for years.

Their were no terrorist cells before the government and mainstream media created them.

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JackC8
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 6:30:33 AM
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Sounds like a publicity stunt or something. It's free and it gets lots of attention.

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Imagi
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 7:54:35 AM

It has cost someone their job so far.

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Mamills
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 6:48:44 AM
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great hopefully this will be the end of MW

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 7:23:48 AM
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Hope nothing bad happens to them, IW is the best of the best FPS developer in the world.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 7:32:14 AM

WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!!?

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Qubex
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 7:51:02 AM

No, you do have it very wrong Snaaaaake!

Q!

"it only does self resurrection"

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Imagi
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 7:53:28 AM

Did he just say, what I thought he said?

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rogers71
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 7:54:15 AM

I believe Snake used his downtime yesterday to get smoked up.

IW makes a good game but they are nowhere near the best of the best. Give me a break.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 7:54:20 AM

Tell me who can come up with an amazing shooter like MW2 in 2 years?

Bungie is now taking 3 years with Halo Reach while the infamous Guerilla took 4 years with Killzone 2 and while it was better than Mw2 it wasn't 3 times better than MW2.

Give Infinity 4 years and $30 million and they can make the FPS that even put every developer to shame.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 8:00:52 AM

Is this turning into an argument?
Forgive me Ben!!!

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 8:04:39 AM

"Tell me who can come up with an amazing shooter like MW2 in 2 years?"

You think MW1 version 2.0 is amazing? I'm shocked it took them more than a year to release MW2.

Evidently amazing to you means:

-Bugs galore
-Gimped MP mechanics
-Campaign that lasts almost as long as the drive to the store to buy the game
-Recycling a majority of the gameplay from the previous version
-Multiplayer that would have been outdated in the late 90s
-Graphics from 2005

Snaaaake, I'm all for people having their opinions and if you enjoy MW2 than more power to you. BUT to label IW as the best FPS developer in the industry is laughable. If all you have to justify the claim is the fact that it only took them a couple years to release MW2 than I suggest you retract your statement, otherwise you're going to come across very foolish.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 8:15:26 AM

Yea, that's all I have to justify, and I'll retract my statement if Halo Reach or Killzone 3(if it's release this fall or early next year) manage to blow everyone away to the end of the universe.

Call me a fool or an idiot but imo, IW is simply that good. They already proved themselve with the first MW.

But you gotta at least had fun with MW2?
While it may not be as good as KZ2 it still pretty much one of the most kickass shooter out there.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 8:22:46 AM

Snake you're labeling IW as the best FPS developer out there simply because they copied a majority of MW1 and thus it only took them a couple years to release MW2. Do you not see how flawed your reasoning is?

I installed, played, and uninstalled MW2 all in the same day. I not only found the game average but wouldn't rank IW in the top10 of FPS developers.

No one is calling you a fool or an idiot but I hope you can at least see that you're reasoning is incredibly flawed.

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Godslim
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 8:56:41 AM

-Bugs galore----yeh i'd say thats the only real problem it has tbh
-Gimped MP mechanics---huh the customisation is great and the game modes and gameplay are really fun
-Campaign that lasts almost as long as the drive to the store to buy the game-----yeh its only about 6 hours but it has some epic set peices and great scenes
-Recycling a majority of the gameplay from the previous version-----dont most games do that?! even the great uncharted 2 does it!
-Multiplayer that would have been outdated in the late 90s---ROFL!
-Graphics from 2005---i think they are fine not uncharted 2 but its a multiplat game and for that i'd say the graphics are pretty good tbh

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 9:05:48 AM

-Glad you agree with the bugs
-The customization is superficial and the game modes are typical
-Epic set pieces or not they are no excuse for a 5hr campaign (it took me a little over 5hrs)
-You're right most games do that, MW2 is like most games (not amazing)
-9 vs 9 multiplayer screams "Late 90s"
-He made the case that IW is the best FPS developer around, the graphics aren't terrible but they certainly don't suggest they're from an elite FPS developer.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 10:36:49 AM

And here we have another discussion that should be in the forums and not here...

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daus26
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 11:40:00 AM

I just want to make a quick comment that I agree with LV, that claiming IW as the best FPS developer simply because they can make a great fps in two years is very flawed.

It's like saying Turn 10 is a better developer than PD because they can make FM3 in 2 years compared to the time it takes GT5 to develop.

While I know nothing about fps, there has to be a better reasoning than developing speed for the title of best overall developer.

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Mr Bitey
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 8:05:15 AM
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I wouldn't put anything past big ol' Bobby Kotkick.

Those execs were probably chopped up into a million little pieces and thrown into a river somewhere.

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Deleted User
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 8:16:53 AM
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According to Gamespot, the two bosses in question were fired for "insubordination" or something and the "bouncers" brought in to keep them out of the offices.

Activision goes to new lows everyday.

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Orvisman
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 9:11:42 AM

Yep. I was just going to post that GameSpot has a story confirming this.

By insubordination I'm guessing they mean neither IW chief wanted to develop MW3.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:08:05 PM

@brighat1971,
In the case of Kotex's very own words in a prior article here, he vows to be a dictator, & wants all companies & employees under him to fear him & quiver beneath his feet.

So armed with that info, and also having the knowledge on how these type of things usually work, this time I'd have to think that the "insubordination", along with any other charges that Anti-vision has/or will allege, are most probably are trumped up phonies.

As for my own thinking, I'd have to side with the IW bosses. I can't see them going out on a limb & risking their jobs just to trump up charges against Anti-vision. That would be pure employment & financial suicide, they'd also be risking their very own future resumes, and their chances towards working for/or with, any hiring companies later on.

Barring any unseen contracts, I for one, hope that Sony can & would step up buy IW.
Hear me out first, sure, there were a lot of glitches & problems associated with MW2, but I believe that a lot of that could have also been due to Kotex constantly nit-picking & breathing waves of fire down the back of their necks.

If Sony bought them, IW would no longer be under the great strain of pressure that Anti-vision must had kept on them.
Sony would step back & let them make their new IP, IW's own way.
Also, if IW were to ask, Sony would give them one of their developer help teams, Sony's good like that, just as the same was done for Killzone2.

I'd love to see what other new AAA IP IW could bring into the exclusive stables of the PS3.

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Darwin1967
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 9:27:21 AM
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Wonder if M$ will pick them up and help them create a new "360" Exclusive Studio....time will tell.

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Orvisman
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:10:37 PM

Why not Sony? Hmmmmmmmm...

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SympoziumPawa
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:14:27 PM

Micro$oft ya know why MS is M$ right?

personally I find the cod series has overated

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 9:41:48 AM
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Anybody find it odd that this happens on the launch day of BFBC2?

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Mr Bitey
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 9:54:11 AM

Yeah, right? Makes you wonder.

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Qubex
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 9:51:21 AM
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[ Update ] Evidence is surfacing via an SEC filing that Activision has given Jason West and Vince Zampella their marching orders, lawsuit likely to follow the fallout...

Is this a dark day in the video games industry? Seems Activision is behaving like Godzilla, destroying any one of its developer studios at will in one swift stroke...

Q!

"make.believe... or believe you shall not"

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 10:02:03 AM

More like a wake up call. You don't dance with the devil and not expect to get burned. IW should have known better.

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www
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 10:51:17 AM

True LV, IW shoulda seen something like this coming they way.

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A_V_I_8_O_R
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 10:13:08 AM
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HAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!! FIRED!!!! That is funny!! Screw Infinity Ward!! The PS3 is a redheaded step-child to them anyway. Im glad they didnt get any of my money for MW2. Sounds like the bosses heads were a little too big for their bodies which is probably the standard imao over at Infinity Ward. Whenever you think your irreplaceable and that your shite don't stink this is how it ends. Holding your hat in your hand standing in line at the unemployment office.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:05:15 PM

settle down noob

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:13:38 PM

Nice 1st post,

But do I suddenly detect the scent of a new troll?

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rogers71
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:47:42 PM

No, Biker....

That is just the chicken that I am frying up.

@Avi8or....

I thought all you guys crawled back under your boxes after the clock issue was fixed. So, did you see your shadow?

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Darwin1967
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 10:40:53 AM
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One has to wonder though...was it Activision who screwed over MW2 or IW...we've always laid the blame on IW for their percieved arrogance, but the decision to remove dedicated servers for the PC, and their inbed move w/ M$ sounds more like Bobby K....gotta wonder. Either way, I'm sure they are glad to be out from under Activision and that slime ball Bobby.

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Club80
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 10:53:38 AM
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From the looks of Bobby Kotick lately, he probably ate them. Miss Thang has gotten so fat, he wakes up in sections.

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coverton341
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 11:15:16 AM
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Sounds like the kind of stuff my company pulls when they are letting people go.

Every time there is a layoff, or "restructuring", here these big gorilla looking guys come in and the little asian HR girl is sitting in a conference room.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:31:09 PM

little asian chicks ftw

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Karosso
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:39:40 PM

Did I read "Little Asian Girl"?
How can I apply for a job in your company? ;)

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coverton341
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 5:51:32 PM

LOL! She is very attractive but if you have to see her it will be the last time.

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FullmetalX10
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 11:56:40 AM
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Them peepz are bein' massively Tea-Bag raped, as all those bouncers are actually gamers on steroids who have been Tea-Bagged in COD.

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rogers71
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:49:19 PM

^

Another 'Xboxer' showing his proclivity towards all that is "Teabagging".

Pop in Halo and stay off our site please.

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SympoziumPawa
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:11:24 PM
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Good that dev is overated

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:04:41 PM
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Should have hired you Ben, you are a "Bouncer Type"

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:30:30 PM

I don't want to think of Ben as the "bouncer type", please don't destroy my dreams.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:20:57 PM

haha, you don't like your gay men muscley?

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 3/2/2010 2:21:08 PM

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 3:39:16 PM

I'm not GAY!!!!!!!!!!







hi

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rogers71
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 5:22:54 PM

^

Not that there's anything wrong with that!

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JcBball717
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:12:10 PM
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why cant IW just make a map pack already...

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LightShow
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 3:10:51 PM
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obviously Activision dispatched the thugs to the place to secure their assets before the heads could do anything to them in case the meeting went south. the assets are worth more than the studio, potentially at least.

if IW doesnt fall in rank like treyarch, activision will pull a guitar hero, drop them, and hand the assets over to a different studio, most likely treyarch.

IW will then go to EA and make games for them, and all the COD fans will split between the name and the talent.

that or IW learned from the situation Harmonix was in and decided the paycheck was worth more than the ability to make their own games.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 6:39:33 PM
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@LightShow,
That's what I've been saying all along.

Kotex had planned this hostile takeover(of sorts)way back before November 2009, and our own PSXE has indirect proof of it.
FYI, if you remember reading them, we already had the articles right here a while back.

I could see the writing on the wall just by little bits & pieces in those articles....
That IW didn't want to do another COD, & wanted to go forward on a new IP.
And then that Anti-vision was hiring a brand new 3rd developer for the COD series......

Also, there was even this NY Times article with little subtle writing's on the wall....

As Activision seems to be discovering this year with Guitar Hero, there's danger when a title is overexposed with too many iterations. Nonetheless, the publisher has aggressive expansion plans for Call of Duty. Although Infinity Ward and Treyarch have produced sequels in alternating years since 2005, the publisher now has a third development studio working on future versions.

One person close to the company said it also was considering adapting Call of Duty as a massively multi-player online world. The genre, in which Activision's Blizzard Entertainment subsidiary is a leader, requires huge upfront investments but can be very profitable as players pay a monthly subscription fee.

And add these article taken from the PSXE archives......

11/18/2009 http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/6156.html

http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/6406.html

http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/6584.html


BTW, the third developer taking over is "Sledgehammer Games) (headed by former Visceral developers Glen Schofield & Mike Condrey). They'll release a brand-new COD game "in the action-adventure genre" sometime in 2011, but it's not supposed to be single player this time & kotex is going to take the COD series into paid subscription based games.

More info here: http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/tag/7820/Fall-of-Duty.html

So now, IMO opinion, kotex has shown his hand & this is the first part of the fallout of a power hungrey madman so far.

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randomname
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 10:49:48 PM
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mind=blowned

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randomname
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 10:56:22 PM
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i cant edit my post

OT:
on second thought:
and this just happens to happen the night that BFBC2 comes out? Not to mention that they are releasing DLC info soon, and the fact that this whole situation sounds very very fishy. My gut says "Publicity stunt"

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