Sunday, July 24, 2011

Oslo terrorist used 'Modern Warfare 2' for training, 'WoW' as cover

Anders Behring Breivik, 32, has personally brought video game violence back into the headlines. He has been tied to a 1,500 page manifesto that cites "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" as a training tool, and World of Warcraft as aids he used prior to his Olso bomb and youth camp attacks on Friday.

The manifesto was originally found by Kevin Slaughter. You can download or view the manifesto here (.PDF). Breivik's lawyer said his client had admitted to writing the document and posting it online on Friday.

It's doubtful, however, that video games had much of an impact in terms of creating the mindset that drove Breivik toward his attacks. Instead, it seems that he used them as training tools, and recommended them to others, as well.

Among the references Breivik made in the manifesto in terms of video games were:

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Shoptronics- Generic- 120 x 2401) Target practise is likely going to be a problem for many people in certain countries (urban Europeans like us, ouch:). Consider taking a vacation to a country where you are able to train in marksmanship or join a gun club. Simulation by playing Call of Duty, Modern Warfare is a good alternative as well but you should try to get some practise with a real assault rifle (with red point optic) if possible.

2) I just bought Modern Warfare 2, the game. It is probably the best military simulator out there and it’s one of the hottest games this year. I played MW1 as well but I didn’t really like it as I’m generally more the fantasy RPG kind of person – Dragon Age Origins etc .and not so much into first person shooters. I see MW2 more as a part of my training-simulation than anything else. I’ve still learned to love it though and especially the multiplayer part is amazing. You can more or less completely simulate actual operations.

avast! 3) [Use WoW as a cover for weekend activities] ... tell them that you have started to play World of Warcraft or any other online MMO game and that you wish to focus on this for the next months/year. This ”new project” can justify isolation and people will understand somewhat why you are not answering your phone over long periods. Tell them that you are completely hooked on the game (raiding dungeons etc). Emphasise to them that this is a dream you have had since you were a kid. If they stress you, insist and ask them to respect your decision. You will be amazed on how much you can do undetected while blaming this game. If your planning requires you to travel, say that you are visiting one of your WoW friends, or better yet, a girl from your ”guild” (who lives in another country). No further questions will be raised if you present these arguments.

Blaming WoW is also quite strategic due to another factor. It is usually considered ”tabu” or even shameful in our society today to be hooked on an MMO. By revealing ”this secret” to your close ones you are therefore (to them at least) entrusting them with your innermost secret. Usually they will ”contribute” to keeping this secret for you which can be very beneficial. (If people from your ”secondary” social circle ask them they will even usually ”lie” on your behalf (giving you alibi), in order to keep your MMO project a secret.

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Buy WoW GoldSince the attacks, Breivik's former characters on WoW were identified. He apparently played on the Silvermoon realm. He used Conservatism as his character name.

In his manifesto, in diary-like entries, Breivik also writes of playing other games, such as "Fallout 3," "BioShock 2," and "Dragon Age: Origins," but he just mentions them in passing as games, not for training or cover purposes.

The death toll in the bombing and youth camp shootings has risen to 93.



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