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More than 100 copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops stolen in Maryland

Call of duty Patience is a virtue that some video game fanatics apparently don’t have.

With the hugely anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops going on sale at midnight, two men jumped the gun when they stole more than 100 copies of the game from a retailer Saturday night.

The robbers busted into a GameStop in Bel Air, Md., right before closing time, armed with semi-automatic handguns, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s office. Though no one was harmed, the men forced two customers into a storage area before making off with four crates full of the Call of Duty games.

Before police arrived at 9:20 p.m. EDT, the culprits also snatched cash and some X-Box video game systems, fleeing in a white minivan or Dodge Caravan.

Perhaps a way of life imitating art, the game puts players in several combat roles. The offering from Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard Inc. involves salty language and extreme blood and gore -- earning it a “mature” rating -- as well as a commercial featuring Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

-- Tiffany Hsu

Photo: A box advertisement for "Call of Duty: Black Ops" is displayed at a GameStop store in Las Vegas. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

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