More Details on Anders Breivik's Gaming Connection

Overnight in the ongoing trial of Anders Breivik in Norway, the mass-murderer responsible for the deaths of 77 people in July last year detailed his use of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as preparation for the atrocity.

"[Call of Duty: Modern Warfare] consists of many hundreds of different tasks and some of these tasks can be compared with an attack, for real", Breivik explained. "That's why it's used by many armies throughout the world. It's very good for acquiring experience related to sights systems."

"If you are familiar with a holographic sight, it's built up in such a way that you could have given it to your grandmother and she would have been a super marksman. It's designed to be used by anyone. In reality it requires very little training to use it in an optimal way. But of course it does help if you've practised using a simulator."

The connection to gaming, which certain media and political elements will be sure to seize upon, didn't end there; it was revealed during testimony that Breivik also took a year off to play another Activision game - World of Warcraft - for up to sixteen hours a day. However, he also specifically stated that the hit MMO was completely unrelated to his later attacks.

"Some people like to play golf, some like to sail, I played WoW. It had nothing to do with 22 July. It's not a world you are engulfed by. It's simply a hobby."

"WoW is only a fantasy game, which is not violent at all. It's just fantasy. It's a strategy game", he added. "You co-operate with a lot of others to overcome challenges. That's why you do it. It's a very social game. Half of the time you are connected in communication with others. It would be wrong to consider it an antisocial game."

Breivik's testimony, while stopping short of blaming gaming for his state of mind or directly contributing to his actions, is sure to whip up a frenzy of anti-gaming sentiment among uninformed commentators.

Source: The Guardian


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Comments Comments (4)

Posted by Phoenix
On Friday 20 Apr 2012 10:21 AM
Surely we've moved on from a time when videogames get blamed for the actions of a clearly mad man?
Posted by phantom
On Friday 20 Apr 2012 10:44 AM
20 April 2012, 10:21 AM Reply to Phoenix
Surely we've moved on from a time when videogames get blamed for the actions of a clearly mad man?
One look at the news on any random day should be enough to convince you that society is about as far from "enlightened" on any subject as it has ever been.
Posted by stungaf
On Friday 20 Apr 2012 12:21 PM
Oh good.
More ammo for the lobbyists.

(poor choice of words?)
Posted by kiwiatlarge
On Saturday 21 Apr 2012 5:27 PM
Lets not forget that every time a GTA game has featured on the news, we are told the object is to go around killing people, and are shown footage of free-roam carnage... even though that is just an optional side activity alongside the actual story missions of the game.

Oh, and then they mention the prostitutes... despite it being an activity that anyone over 12 only does it once for a giggle to see what the fuss is about, and then never bothers with it again... never mind, it's a game based around having sex with prostitutes!!

<insert head smack>