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Russian warehouse worker fired, company fined for playing Death Stranding early

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Tomorrow, Hideo Kojima’s weirdness is unleashed on the world again as Death Stranding, his first game since leaving the employ of Konami. Of course people are eager for it; not many game releases have this level of anticipation to them.

Is it worth a job though? According to Russia’s RT, a warehouse worker for a video retail chain, who managed to grab a copy of the game early has found himself out of a job. His employer has also been fined a Million Rubles as a result. That’s R231 074.

Apparently he stole the copy from work, fired it up on his PlayStation to have a sneak peek – and was summarily tracked down by Sony who investigated to find where the copy might have originated. According to the report on RT, a mail from Natalya Zavyalova, the chain’s sales development manager, suggested that store directors “safeguard copies of the game at all costs, by keeping them in closed offices and safes until release day, November 8, and by concealing the discs in taped boxes.”

Worth it? Yes, probably – if he was enough of a Kojima fan.

The game is definitely not your usual fare though. While it’s more straightforward than you’d think. That said, it’s definitely not going to appeal to everyone, and I think some Kojima fans are going to have a meltdown when they play it tomorrow.

We kinda liked it.

“Death Stranding starts off at a poor pace but eventually blossoms into a captivating tale with intriguing themes, solidified by compelling performances and an eventually satisfying pace to its gameplay. Not all of its systems mesh comfortably, but there’s enough here to drive you towards the eventual poignant conclusion.”

Last Updated: November 7, 2019

15 Comments

  1. Raptor Rants

    November 7, 2019 at 21:07

    So game companies can track your copy of the game right down to the purchase? Interesting.

    /tinfoil hat/

    Reply

  2. Mistake Not...

    November 7, 2019 at 21:07

    He just wanted to get through the 24hrs worth of exposition and dialogue at the start of the game so he could have some actual gameplay on launch day.

    Reply

  3. Raptor Rants

    November 7, 2019 at 21:07

    So game companies can track your copy of the game right down to the purchase? Interesting.

    /tinfoil hat/

    Reply

    • HvR

      November 7, 2019 at 21:07

      In other news Sony holding company re-branding to SONY

      Reply

    • MaSeKind

      November 7, 2019 at 21:11

      Well it’s like downloading a cracked game and then trying to play online.

      I’m assuming the game has to authenticate itself with some Sony servers or something and that he couldn’t just unplug his network

      Reply

  4. Mistake Not...

    November 7, 2019 at 21:07

    He just wanted to get through the 24hrs worth of exposition and dialogue at the start of the game so he could have some actual gameplay on launch day.

    Reply

  5. HvR

    November 8, 2019 at 14:50

    Make him watch Little Big music videos for 30 days straight

    Reply

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