There’s a new pandemic making it’s rounds in the video game industry and it has nothing to do with swine or flu. This “1st Quarter 2010 Delay” bug going around has been taking the wind out of many gamer’s sails. Everyone’s crying about Take 2’s delays of Bioshock 2, Mafia II, and Red Dead Redemption. Even stealth and action fans will have to wait a bit longer for the latest from Sam Fischer in Splinter Cell. Gamers are crying foul yet no one realizes what is actually going on, and the truth is this: no one wants to deal with having to launch any where near Modern Warfare 2’s release date. It’s a fact. Even Sony’s new found poster child Nathan Drake in Uncharted 2, was pushed up to avoid any head to head with Infinity Ward’s behemoth. Naughty Dog and even Bungie with their next installment in the Halo Series, Halo 3:ODST coming in September can say what they want but as great and as popular as their respective franchises are, they don’t want to be anywhere near 9/10/11. People as of late have been jumping on the let’s abuse MW2’s 600p resolution bandwagon, but I can guarantee that those same people will find themselves camping out on launch night. I’m sure that these are just a few of the shifts in release dates we will see, with more on the way as November draws closer. Only time will tell.