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access_time May 31, 2013 at 2:59 PM in News by Ryan Bates

LAPD storms game studio in standoff with ‘Ghost’ replica

Credit: Polygon

Video game graphics… they’re so lifelike these days!

LA Police stormed the offices of indie studio Robotoki after a curious designer found an unfamiliar button on the way out, according to Polygon reports. As gamers know, naturally when an unfamiliar button is found, our instinct is to press it and see what it does. There was no response to the press, and the designer left for the day, along with most of the office. Only studio founder Robert Bowling was left behind.

The button, however, was a silent “panic button” installed to safeguard the studio, which Bowling had installed after his time with Infinity Ward, creators of the Call of Duty series. When LAPD came to the front of the building and saw no entrance, they moved to the side, where they found a masked gunman on a higher floor, armed and ready.

Police made their move.

“I was in my office when they arrived,” said Bowling of the ordeal, and “saw them coming up our stairs, guns drawn. They yelled for me to put my hands up and walk towards them slowly, then took me into custody and out of the studio until they cleared the rest of the rooms and floors.”


The team returned about fifteen minutes later, laughing. Their suspect was a life-sized statue of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2‘s Simon “Ghost” Riley, which Browning had kept from his Infinity Ward days.

Browning and Robotoki were not fined, and the incident was chalked up to a mistake. After discussing his line of work, he shared a few rounds of gaming with the police members involved.

If nothing else, Browning had a good sense of humor about the incident:



  • Ramon Aranda June 1, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Hahahah that’s so awesome!

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