Purchasers of the most recent Call of Duty game, Black Ops 2, got something a bit different than what they were expecting when the game install asked for Disk 2.  After popping the disk in and giving it some time to read, they found the install couldn’t progress because they had popped in a disk containing files for Mass Effect 2.

See the above video.  [WARNING: Language may be inappropriate for the kiddies.]

Needless to say, those who bought the game were surprised, annoyed and maybe a tad amused.

Two things are unknown as of this writing.  First.  How did a disk from an EA game end up labeled as an Acitivision game and shipped?  The current best guess is that the two companies use the same manufacturer to produce the disks and it’s a simple mix-up.

Second.  What — if anything — is Activision going to do about it?  They haven’t responded yet, so we’re all waiting to find out.

However, Bioware has responded and if Activision or the distributor in question were worried about court proceedings, it looks like they can relax.  According to a post on Bioware’s site, they feel that this mix-up isn’t a mistake at all, but an omen.  Apparently the universe wants all of these people to play Mass Effect.  And they’re not going to argue it.

So in order to comply with the wishes of the universe, Bioware is offering to send a free code for the entire Mass Effect Trilogy to any player who received the ME2 disk with their copy of Black Ops 2. The only thing those who received the accidental ME2 disk must do is send a picture as proof to community@bioware.com.

Bioware does ask that both the disk and it’s owner be visible in the picture.  I’m not quite sure how they’re going to verify that the disk is indeed one of the mislabeled copies since they look like Black Ops 2 disks until you pop them in the drive.  Perhaps they’re just feeling really generous.

Video via zeroiez



  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=731108011 Andrew June

    QQ Digital Download solves all of lifes problems.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.hightower.374 Jason Hightower

    “Apparently the universe wants all of these people to play Mass Effect.  And they’re not going to argue it.” So Starbrat has become the head of BW’s PR department now? Oh joy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tj-Vossos/647768691 Tj Vossos

      it was ME2 people got not 3

      • http://www.facebook.com/jason.hightower.374 Jason Hightower

        And now they’re getting the entire trilogy.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tj-Vossos/647768691 Tj Vossos

          only 50 people are
          out of the 10,000’s that were affected

      • http://www.facebook.com/jason.hightower.374 Jason Hightower

        My post was edited 26 min ago. Your first post was 21 min ago. Do the math bud before you start showing people how much of an idiot you are.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jason.hightower.374 Jason Hightower

          Oh….too late.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jason.hightower.374 Jason Hightower

            Not to mention I never stated that is was ME3 in the case. Only that ME3 was now being given out. Context is very important. It keeps you from replying like an idiot.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jason.hightower.374 Jason Hightower

            And why would a fan boy “bitch and complain”? That’s the exact opposite of what a fan boy does. You really need to cool down and learn some things bud.

    • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

      But your statement was more eisegesis in nature, rather than exegesis.

  • N Carrott

    Finally some GOOD press for BioWare!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rammur65 Roger Means

    why the hell is a mass effect dick mixed in anyways they are completely 2 seperate companys last i checked lol

    • http://openid.aol.com/jpuffer87 Justin Pfeifer

       Congratulations on showing that you cant even read ” the two companies use the same manufacturer to produce the disks and it’s a simple mix-up.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/jason.hightower.374 Jason Hightower

        “The current best guess”Congratulations to you as well.

  • Skirk02

    funny, I admit , but it really must  suck for the people that got affected.

  • http://www.facebook.com/inkogni.alex Inkogni Alex

    i agree that the universe wants all to play Mass Effect TWO ( 2 ), but not the 3rd 
    im not sure if id be amused or a bit pissed if i had something like this 

  • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

    Did they determine if it was just the title of disk or was the content incorrect as well? If it was just the disk title, they could probably patch the installer to fix it. 

    It the content was incorrect as well, Activision would cover it under warranty, allowing players to return or replace defective disk. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1653322492 Kevin J. Redmond

    Sounds more like the universe wants them to switch to digital download.

  • http://twitter.com/TombstoneX Jason C Matzke

    I would bet the farm is this John Riccitiello doing trying get people to come play Bioware games look best ever was ME2. Since Bioware isn’t doing so hot bribe the warehouse slip the disc yano instant marketing.  We already known that they gave the game out few times before as an marketing deploy.  Reason why Activision hasn’t responded so fast they got know what really happen here.

    • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

      Got to imagine Activision response has to be review by the lawyers. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EHB4JP6TVURBGDBZBNDZSJ7PZQ Glacius

      Yep, John Riccitiello wants everyone to go out and buy game a from the biggest competing publisher to get free copies of EA-published games.  A brilliant plan!

      Seriously, this is one of the least stingy things EA / Bioware has done in a long time and people are going to try to spin it as a negative?

      • http://twitter.com/TombstoneX Jason C Matzke

        I didn’t claim it was a stingy thing Sir. It’s a PR stunt if your ship is sinking in minds of all gamer’s.. Give a game to those who is known not to play Mass Effect games are CoD Fan Boi’s. Giving a game that was already has been gave out free to  those on Origins and SWToR buyers. Will be invitation check out our games. Simple concept for anyone with a brain. .  .  well maybe not everyone can understand that well not Mr. Glacius.    (Like haven’t you ever try a sample at a store and found out that you like the product so you bought it. This type of marketing been going on for 100’s of years now!)

  • DoctorOverlord

    That is a pretty amusing response from Bioware.  

    This certainly gives more support for Digital Downloading, I suppose.  I still like my discs but if this happened to me I would be ticked.   

  • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

    Guess, the good news is the retail box contains a digital key, so the players could still download the game. 

  • TacoBaal

    Second good PR move by EA, lately. The first being the Origin free games fiasco.

  • http://twitter.com/kirzanSix Michael Coulombe

    So people still buy boxed PC games, eh? Is there even a PC shelf at gamestop anymore?

  • http://twitter.com/TheOpapanax Most Morbid One

    Craze haha

  • Nick Cattane

    So crazy how literaly nobody tested a live install of the shipped product, wowwwwwwwwwwww. haha, thank god CoD is so played out I don’t buy the “new” versions any more.