Norway says no to violent video games post attacks

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 23:38

Oslo: Two video games used by far-right
extremist Anders Behring Breivik in planning his July 22
killing spree have been withdrawn from a number of stores
across Norway, one co-op chain said on Tuesday.

Coop Norge, one of the country`s major grocery store
chains and its main co-op, said it took the decision "out of
respect" for the families of the 77 people slain in the twin
attacks.

The move was launched on July 24 "to spare people who,
in one way or another, were affected by the terrorist acts,"
the chain`s director for non-food items Geir Inge Stokke said.

"We don`t want them to stumble upon violent video
games while buying milk and bread in our stores," he said.

In a 1,500-page manifesto posted online, Behring
Breivik said he was a fan of "World of Warcraft" and "Call of
Duty - Modern Warfare" and that he had played the games while
preparing his rampage.

Coop told its locations which carried video games --
50 of 900 stores -- to remove about 50 products from its
aisles, including the games cited by Behring Breivik.

Norwegian media reported Platekompaniet, one of the
country`s leading movie-, video game- and music-selling chains
had also pulled some games from its stores. The company did
not respond to AFP`s request for comment.

Some Norwegian gamers blasted the move.

"This type of logic is problematic when we think of
the number of people who play these games without committing
crimes or assaults," gamer Audun Rodem said in a July 29 post
on his blog.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 23:38

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