Last week, we reported that some Kmart stores sold copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 a tad bit early and legitimate copies have made their way onto eBay and Craigslist.  If you were one of the "lucky" ones to snag an early copy, be warned:  if you play CoD:MW3 early something mysterious and ambiguous may happen to your account!  Xbox Live director of policy and enforcement Stephen Toulouse originally stated that playing the game early was fine:

"For those asking about MW3 pre-release play: If your copy is legit and obtained legitly, have fun. It's a great game.” he said.

Shortly after he pulled a Willy Wonka—scratch that, reverse it—stating, "clarification: dblchk'd with Activision. Mw3 pre-release play not authorized.  So pls be patient. Playing early may impact your account!"

The good news is, Activision must have realized that bad press this late in the game probably wasn't the smartest strategy and issued this statement:

"We value and appreciate the community’s support. We have no interest in banning legitimate copies in these last few days.  We just ask for everyone to wait for Tuesday when everybody can play the game together.”

That sounds like 'game on' to us!

[via Giant Bomb]