The move came in light of reports that Anders Behring Breivik, a right wing Norwegian extremist who killed 69 teenagers on Utøya island, stated in a 1500 page document that he used No Russian, the famous level depicting the massacre of Russian civilians at Zakhaev International Airport in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, as training.
Spaceworld, another major Norweigan retailer, decided not to pull the game from the shelves, stating that while what happened was terrible, they "...have never seen any research that games alone have led to such incidents."
Anders Behring Breivik stated in his report he used Modern Warfare 2 as training.
Along with all modern Call of Duty games, the first person shooters Homefront, Counter-Strike: Source and Sniper: Ghost Warrior were also pulled due to their inherent similarities. Interestingly, however, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, developed by Scandinavian developer DICE was not pulled from the stores' catalogs.
"I'm not too worried about it because the conflict that's raging in Modern Warfare 3 is very different from any real life scenario - because this is a war, this is a full-on Russian military invasion of the entire US that started in Modern Warfare 2," said Bowling. "They have already disabled Washington DC and the war has just organically been progressing off the East Coast, and New York is a major city that would... So this is very different because it's full-on military fighting through the streets, so I think that's going to be very clear once people play it, and get hands-on, and see what type of conflict this is, and then it spreads to the other major cities."
Activision likewise responded to the claims with the statement, "This is a war."
- ↑ Kotaku - Norwegian Retailers Pull Warcraft, Call of Duty Titles in Light of Shooting
- ↑ CVG - 51 games pulled from sale in Norway following attacks
- ↑ Kotaku - Oslo Terrorist Used Modern Warfare 2 as "Training-Simulation", World of Warcraft as Cover
- ↑ Videogamer.com - Modern Warfare 3 developer plays down 9/11 imagery