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Norway Suspect Used Activision's Call of Duty to Train for Massacre

Quote: But the recent terrorist attack in Oslo, Norway that killed at least 93 people has been directly linked to a pair of Activision Blizzard video games by the killer, himself. In his 1,500 page manifesto, “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik writes in detail about how he used Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game and Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft game to help him prepare for the attack. Eighty-five people were killed when Breivik allegedly gunned down campers at an island retreat disguised as a law enforcement officer and an additional seven were killed from a bomb he allegedly set off at a government building in the capital. “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 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.” The 32 year-old Breivik also wrote that he used World of Warcraft as a “cover story” to explain the time away from friends and family that he used to help plot the attacks against Muslims and European “agents of multiculturalism” that he believed are helping Muslim immigration overrun Europe. “For example, 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.).” Breivik also used World of Warcraft as a cover to travel to nearby countries to train with real weapons. He...
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Activision, Inc. (“Activision,” the “Company,” or “we”) is a leading international publisher of interactive entertainment software and peripheral products. We have built a company with a diverse portfolio of products that spans a wide range of categories and target markets and that is used on a variety of game hardware platforms and operating systems. We have created, licensed, and acquired a group of highly recognizable brands, which we market to a variety of consumer demographics. Our fiscal 2007 product portfolio included such best-selling products as Call of Duty 3, Guitar Hero II, Tony Hawk’s Project 8, Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Over the Hedge, and X-Men: The Official Game. Our products cover diverse game categories including action/adventure, action sports, racing, role-playing, simulation, first-person action, music-based gaming, and strategy.