Disclaimer: I will freely admit I'm posting these stories to prove to the wandering mainstream eye that NOT all gamers are freaky, dangerous addicts. That much will be clear in looking at a journalist's critical reaction and the reaction of readers.

Shortly after a man learned his supposedly pre-ordered copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was sold out at a Best Buy, he decided to threaten employees. According to Colorado's 9News , 31-year-old Lomorin Sar was arrested after witnesses told police Sar "became angry and irate with the customer service desk shortly after midnight."

His game wasn't in stock and he started asking employees when they'd be leaving so he could shoot them in the parking lot. Apparently, he also threatened to blow up the store. Thankfully, this situation didn't end in violence, but we have to assume that anti-game activists – always keeping a careful eye out for what games can "do" to people – are going to pounce all over this. It doesn't help that the game in question is all about violence.

Sad.

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

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NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
8 years ago

Don't people regularly get trampled on at Staples during Black Friday.

We should lobby against office chairs.

Stupid people are going to be stupid, that will never end and i hate seeing people blame this on whatever they happen to be pissed off about on any given day.

Hopefully the media doesnt turn this into another mess, but knowing how the media works…

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
8 years ago

At Staples???

Zorigo
Zorigo
8 years ago

Gamers Against Paper Clips!!!

Alienange
Alienange
8 years ago

I can understand the pain of being at an incompetent store and dealing with incompetent clerks, but you just don't threaten like that. Just never. Tar and feather this clown and drag him down main street.

Yukian
Yukian
8 years ago

That is quite sad, indeed…

I know that it's quite infuriating to go to a store and a clerk tells you that they don't have your copy but I wouldn't go as far as to threaten to kill them… I'd beat the crap out of them but not to that extreme… lol

Cpt_Geez
Cpt_Geez
8 years ago

It ain't that serious it's just a damn game.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

I sorta side with him I mean if I bought something and it isn't in stock I'm going to crack some skulls.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

…somehow, in a twisted way, that's amusing.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

When I was 12 my dad threatened to call the cops on a woman at ToysRUs for not accepting a Game Genie return. Sure she cried a lot and I'm sure it ruined her day but sometimes you've got to get serious with those in retail.

friction
friction
8 years ago

I'd never resort to violence, though they're some of the best games :P.
None the less if someone sold my preorder for a game I've been longing for, Skyrim for instance I'd be a little more then pissed and someone would get yelled at.
I'd like to know if he did actually had a preorder or just was trying to get a copy of the game, anyways you never know what people are going through, not trying to justify his actions I'm sure he's just a "nut" lol but just saying
If his story does checks out then I know where to never make a preorder, that's fucked up on Best Buy's part as well, especially all these vamped up gaming adds they've been airing lately…

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
8 years ago

So your dad is one of THOSE idiots, LV?

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

Yes my dad is one of those people that doesn't take BS from "Kimmy" that sits behind a counter and likes to act tough to a 12 year old boy concerning a faulty product the store she works for sold a child.

johnld
johnld
8 years ago

funny thing is that if he kept his calm, he couldve gotten the game for free. best buy is at fault so they might just give him a refund and a free game. my friend tried to buy a game with his best buy credit card, something in their system screwed up, they gave him the game for free for the trouble.

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
8 years ago

No, your dad is one of those people who makes unreasonable threats or takes unreasonable actions when they don't get their way…like the people who call 911 when a fast food place gets their order wrong.

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
8 years ago

I agree LV, If I payed 60$ it to find out they don't have it i might have to call the cops. Unless it was out of the time they hold it for or something and I get my money back.

frylock25
frylock25
8 years ago

im not good with origins of names but his makes me think he should be wearing a turbin screaming ala. i mean come on he did threaten to blow the place up. maybe he was gonna crash a plane into it. or suicide bomb it. either way he is an idiot that needs help.

Shams
Shams
8 years ago

Not quite sure if you're trying to prove a point about stereotypes through sarcasm, or if you're being sincere, but no, "Lomorin" is not a name of Arabic origin (not sure if it's even a real name, sounds more like an atibiotic). More importantly, if a terrorist were to plan an attack on US soil, I'd doubt he'd announce it in person at the target site, conspicuously dressed in a turbin. And I'd imagine he'd pick a target of more political or socio-economical significance than a Bestbuy, Grocery Market, Shopping Mall, or school.

FYI: I'm not condoning this guy's mouthing off, or terrorism.

frylock25
frylock25
8 years ago

it was a joke

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

Good point Shams, it's not like terrorists blow up night clubs, markets full of people, and churches. There's no reason to think a terrorist would blow up a Best Buy full of hundreds of "infidels" buying an obscene game.

Shams
Shams
8 years ago

Cool your jets, LV. As Frylock said, he was joking.

But, while we're on the topic: of course, there is a reason to think a terrorist could plan an attack at any of the targets you've mentioned that have happened elsewhere in the world. They are low-security, and centers of populace. However, as I mentioned, ON US SOIL, though those remain possible targets, they remain unlikely ones IN THE US, due to lack of socio-economic/politcal importance IN THE US, and moreover, the outburst at the Bestbuy was an unlikely example of Mideastern terrorism. Capiche?

ulsterscot
ulsterscot
8 years ago

That was a stupid way for him to deal with the situation – he should have thrown a flashbang then run in for the melee attck

killerbee12
killerbee12
8 years ago

He's 31 and still plays video games, man that humiliating

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

You can't even form a proper sentence.

tazdood1199
tazdood1199
8 years ago

Hey, I'm 45 and still love video games. What the hell does age have to do with anything?

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
8 years ago

You sir, are ignorant. I'm only 20 but I'll be damned that when I'm in the nursing home my PS10 controller won't be there with me.

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
8 years ago

The avg age of PS3 owners is around 30…older than any of the other consoles.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

I'm 42!

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

I'm 25, own a house, have a kid now, am married, and have an excellent career that is, lately, beginning to mature into something that will leave me largely viewed as successful by society. I plan on remaining a gamer for the rest of my life. In fact, I really became passionate AFTER university… when I wasn't a student anymore and became a professional. That passion for gaming continues to grow, and I hope that I can contribute to further growth for the entertainment industry I choose to support.

Gaming is making a move. A mature one. One that provides opportunities for all people of all ages.


Last edited by Underdog15 on 11/12/2011 9:41:35 PM

killerbee12
killerbee12
8 years ago

didn't know you guys take that comment seriously

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

How could you not expect people to get worked up? People get frustrated with ignorance.

SoulController
SoulController
8 years ago

Oh god, here we go…

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
8 years ago

Don't blame video games. Blame the violent man who threatens people.

If that same guy was buying the new Harry Potter book, and the store had accidentally sold it, would people be lobbying against banning all Harry Potter books? No. Why? It's popular.

Same goes with CoD, it's a popular item, and it's popularity is what caused the anger when it wasn't available. Only problem is, its content is violent, interactive AND it's a video game. Harry Potter was violent, especially in the books, but no one seemed to care!!

I've seen far more disturbing things in Saw films than in any video game. Only thing that can outdo it in video game form is Manhunt 3. Let's hope Rockstar don't sink THAT low.

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
8 years ago

Want something disturbing? why don't you watch hostel or the human centipede…

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
8 years ago

I hope it was a case of them not getting as many copies as they'd hoped instead of an unethical manager who decided to ignore the pre-orders and sell them to whoever wants a copy. In that case, it would at least be OK to shoot the manager. ūüėČ

___________
___________
8 years ago

what the hell is this world coming to!?
maybe the liberal media does have a point……..
nah, who am i kidding!?

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
8 years ago

"liberal media" = any not conservatively-biased media

They are mostly lame, though, whether they have a political agenda or not.

Ultimate_Balla
Ultimate_Balla
8 years ago

The picture attached to this article doesn't help lighten the mood. Hahaha. *Sigh* @ the dude calling the 31yr old gamer humiliating.

raptassassin
raptassassin
8 years ago

LOL,
Talk about a guy with some problems. If can't get by a week or a day or two with out his prishies overhyped overrated latest shooter he shouldn't be gaming at all. You "hardcore" everyday, a new game everyweek gamers make me sick. You do know there's more to life then videogames.


Last edited by raptassassin on 11/12/2011 6:27:08 AM

FullmetalX10
FullmetalX10
8 years ago

I kind of understand his reasoning, the man just exaggerates a little too much.

I once had to wait a week on a pre-order (of the Infamous special edition). I stopped by the store every day it was open, asking if they had my copy yet. The store clerks kept telling me no, while there were stacks of special editions behind them. After one week, they just called management who told them to just give me a special edition they got standing behind them…

Anyways, if you just keep your calm it'll all work out, maybe you have to wait a few days, but hell, it's a game.

Ydobon
Ydobon
8 years ago

I think he handled it a little bit wrong, but he has every reason to be mad at them. One thing is for sure, I'm never going to preorder a game at best buy. It is now on my list of bad customer service, that includes CHASE btw!

InBlackestNight
InBlackestNight
8 years ago

Having worked in retail for many years now (I'm out now,thankfully), these kind of people are more common than you might think. Rarely this extreme but I've seen people break things and throw them at workers because they couldn't return a DVD for cash (it's copyright law. You could have the same thing in return if it didn't work but they wanted money. A clear sign of dishonesty in this case). I've had people threaten to kick my ass, threaten cashiers to the point they had to be escorted to their vehicles after work and escorted home. People are crazy. Do you REALLY need it at midnight? I've never understood why people go to the store and fight crowds when Amazon would deliver it to your house (tax free, no shipping and no crowds). Also, usually cheaper. So what if you can't play it for a few more hours. You'll live I promise. I've actually had a guy offer me $100 if I would sell him Madden an hour early. AN HOUR! That is so pathetic.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
8 years ago

I can appreciate it when somebody shows a passion for gaming, but obviously this gamer took it too far. It looks like he paid a price for it as well.

I have encountered some poor customer service before(who hasn't?). As a result sometimes violent thoughts have ran through my head as well, but I was able to keep my cool.

During the PS2's launch I witnessed several customers berate Wal Mart employees becuase they were sold out of PS2s. What was sad is that it was the adults/parents that were doing this. People were just downright hostile.

redman479
redman479
8 years ago

That's sad and downright ignorant!

Twistedfloyd
Twistedfloyd
8 years ago

The man is obviously disturbed. Yeah, it'd suck to not get your pre order, but threatening to kill people isn't going to solve that problem. Simply absurd.

johnld
johnld
8 years ago

this news doesnt surprise me at all. this people are pretty much activision/call of duty's bread and butter market.

Shepherd Book
Shepherd Book
8 years ago

Yelling at the cashier or customer service rep makes you an idiot. They don't place the orders, moron, an yelling at them or threatening them will get you nowhere.
As to the guy who was proud of his dad for threatening a cashier, here's how I handled that. I asked them to leave, now and if they refused and continued to rant, I informed them that we had the right to ask anyone to leave the premises and if he did not, I would call the cops and charge them with trespassing. That is what I would have done to dear old dad.


Last edited by Shepherd Book on 11/12/2011 8:01:34 PM