As if winning eighteen thousand gold medals at the Beijing Olympics wasn't enough, swimmer Michael Phelps got a further reward for his awesomeness on last Thursday's CBS Early Show
-- an early copy of Call of Duty: World at War
provided by publisher Activision. But all was not as it seemed. As developer Treyarch revealed on its blog
, the box Phelps was handed on live TV actually contained an I.O.U. card for the final version of the game, which is still in production. It's not all smoke and mirrors, though -- Phelps has been promised "the first disc off the production line ... later this year." We suppose that's understandable. Michael Phelps may be amazing, but it seems even he can't change the laws of time and space (or can he?
) (no he can't
Check out a video of the "giveaway" after the break (jump to 3:28 for the moment of falsehood).
[Via MTV Multiplayer