A Modern Warfare 2 primer on early access and game reviews

The gaming press had a choice: either play Modern Warfare 2 in Santa Barbara, under the watchful eye of Activision and on their dime, or give up early coverage. Many sites wrestled with the ethical implications by posting disclaimers, others simply ignored the issue and didn't discuss it in their review. Ars Technica explores what happened during the review event, and ask the question: what does Activision get for all those plane tickets and hotel rooms?

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