Norwegian Retailers Get Rid Of Games After Attacks

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Norwegian Retailers Get Rid Of Games After Attacks

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Following the devastating attacks in Norway, a couple of retailers are pulling the games that the accused murderer cited in his manifesto.

Last week, Anders Behring Breivik claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks in Norway that ultimately claimed the lives of 77 people. While the country is still reeling from the tragedy, a couple of retailers have decided to pull the games that Breivik cited in his manifesto.

Breivik's 1,500 page document (which it turns out had large sections plagiarized from the Unabomber's manifesto) claimed that World of Warcraft gave him a useful cover story while he secluded himself to plot the attacks and also stated that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was a useful way to hone one's shooting skills. Unsurprisingly, certain stores don't want to have any association with Breivik, however tenuous.

According to ITavisen, retail chains Coop Norway and Platekomaniet have both pulled the the following games from their shelves:

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
• Call of Duty: World at War Platinum
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Classic
Sniper Ghost Warrior
Counter-Strike: Source
World of Warcraft
Homefront

However, these games haven't been permanently removed from the stores. Reportedly, the decision to pull the games is a temporary one that was made "out of respect and in respect to those affected [by the attacks]."

Source: ITavisen

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And nothing of value was lost.

Because, you know, the shootings totally didn't happen because the guy was a crazy extremest and mentally unstable. At least it's only temporary that the games are gone, I hope logic prevails and they're put back on shelves soon.

Deshara:
And nothing of value was lost.

Agreed.

But why was World of Warcraft pulled? I can see why they'd stop selling violent shooters concurrent with what actually happened, but how is that relevant, even if he used it as a "cover story"?

Norwegians were only doing everyone favors by removing Homefront and Sniper: Ghost warrior. Just...go with it.

Deshara:
And nothing of value was lost.

Hate to say it but I agree :3
IMMA BRACING FOR THE HATE!

Although WoW seems rather, odd dont you get that online anyway?
Or do you have to buy it first?

World of Warcraft..?

I..
huh?
Why?

He used WoW as a cover, nothing else.

Deshara:
And nothing of value was lost.

*cough*Counter Strike*cough*

EDIT: Someone posted that in his manifesto he was encouraging other extremists to use WoW as a cover story, thanks for pointing that out. And I'd just like to say R.I.P to all the dead and my sorrows go out to the families of the dead.

Good for them. They aren't profiteering off of products named in a pathetic, but inspirational (to some) attack.

I could see Amazon putting Mein Kamph on special if it had been around in the 30's

Condor219:

Deshara:
And nothing of value was lost.

Agreed.

But why was World of Warcraft pulled? I can see why they'd stop selling violent shooters concurrent with what actually happened, but how is that relevant?

He cited WoW in his document, claiming that a professed addiction to it could be used as a cover story when people questioned his suspicious behavior. Indeed, he was actively encouraging other extremists to take up playing it, as it apparently makes it possible to justify actions that would other wises rouse suspicion.

EDIT: Seems some crafty ninjas have made the point before me, probably by using fewer words -.-

In my honest opinion CSS is the only good game there, and its much cheaper to get it off steam

Madman points to games as training material to incite idiotic media affiliates, media affiliates believe him, everyone overreacts, and the intelligent among us roll our eyes.

Nothing to see here.

"out of respect and in respect to those affected [by the attacks]."

huh, really? what about the food and drinks he likes...And his favourite utility company,political party, music band, his (assumed) porn collection? What about them!?

Maddness >.>

Deshara:
And nothing of value was lost.

what are you talking about?
Counter Strike: Source is awesome

While I can't say I'm really a fan of any of the games they've pulled, that is irrelevant and this is still ridiculous. Even if it's only a temperory measure, I fail to see how this respects the families of the victims. If anything, it insults the intelligence of everyone in Norway that can play a game and then not go on a violent rampage. Y'know, like everyone that wasn't already extremely mentally unstable in the first place.

1 month later...
Quote from a Norwegian game store clerk.
"Yeah, Online stores like Steam and D2D are the cause of bad sales..."

PixelKing:
He used WoW as a cover, nothing else.

Deshara:
And nothing of value was lost.

*cough*Counter Strike*cough*

Counter Strike *cough* "Source" *cough*. Statement remains valid, nothing of value was lost.

Those retailers are morons. And that's just putting it mildly.

I gotta agree with the ruling opinion. People only care about games taken off the shelf if those games are any good.

I read parts of his manifesto. He also played Dragon age: Origins, Fallout New vegas and even described himself as an "RPG man". He does state that he used the first person shooters as "training", but really he could had just as well joined a paintball club.

Anyway he only started playing FPSes After he started planning the attack.

On a sidenote, as a curiousity of my own strange mind; I wonder what faction he joined in New Vegas.

They removed Sniper Ghost Warrior.. Good choice retailers. /jk

Dont really affect me anyway, as I buy most my games at gamestop or steam. But I dont really get how this is showing respect? If anything it shows respect for the shooter, not the victims.

Oh wow, he's pretty much saying "We're pulling these games off because they caused the incident and so if someone affiliated with the attack sees these games will become offended."

I'm betting at least one person related to the victims play one of those games.

Yeah, because scoring free publicity by defaming completely unrelated stuff is totally the proper course of action any company should be lauded for taking.

...not that many people would buy their games at Coop anyway, so it's not of much actual consequence.

That's... you know, in a way, I kind of agree, given the removed 'out of respect and in respect' bit. If it's a temporary measure, then it feels less like trying to pander to knee jerk game-blaming, and more like 'We pulled these because we don't want anything to do with profits that might come from a tragedy giving them publicity.'

'Course I still think the better option would be to just ignore it, lest pulling them only encourage others to try to twist the repercussions to their own ends but.. I can understand at least.

WOAH.

My knee. It totally jerked.

At least my fellow American's aren't the only ones to act illogically when faced circumstances beyond their control.

ImprovizoR:
Those retailers are morons. And that's just putting it mildly.

How dare they show basic respect to the families of the victims.

If he had claimed that he read a book before killing your child, it doesn't matter how accurate the statement is, you'd be glad and comforted that the local bookstores pulled the book from shelves, even if only temporarily.

I don't give a damn how "calm and reasoned" you think you are (as evident in "the retailers are morons"), if you lost your child, you'd feel damn good about the killer's manifesto being thwarted in some way.

for those of you not in the know: Coop Norway = norways answer to Wallmart and platekompaniet is a store primarily for music and films. (PlateKompaniet means RecordCompany in English)

Sojoez:
1 month later...
Quote from a Norwegian game store clerk.
"Yeah, Online stores like Steam and D2D are the cause of bad sales..."

a friend of mine works for a gameretailer here in norway, they carry PC games ofc, but he says to all customers(when his boss isent arround) "go and buy it of Steam, its cheaper."

Well, interesting. Don't see the reason behind WoW, but still, it's their shelves or whatnot.
Also, i don't remember the last time I saw news on a weekend on the Escapist, it's always dead silent on that side, if i remember correctly.

Deshara:
And nothing of value was lost.

haha first comment, QFT

I wasn't sure if it was appropriate to think such..but it seems quite a few agree.

mad825:

"out of respect and in respect to those affected [by the attacks]."

huh, really? what about the food and drinks he likes...And his favourite utility company,political party, music band, his (assumed) porn collection? What about them!?

Maddness >.>

Unless I'm mistaken, he openly cited them as influence. His political party doesn't exist, which is why he massacred people. The other stuff is inconsequential.

I can't even describe how much this level of willful stupidity pisses me off.

ImprovizoR:
Those retailers are morons. And that's just putting it mildly.

No, they're not morons. Temporarily pulling those games from the shelves is not only the right thing to do out of respect for the people who were hurt by the massacre, it is the right thing to do out of a business standpoint as well. In a store of that size, with that many people shopping in it, for every single little detail that isn't perfect, you have a customer that is ready to throw a fit over it. I've seen people go to the newspaper and cry "scandal!" over issues far, far less significant than this.

Regardless of where these retailers stand in the whole "games cause violence" debate (odds are they don't even care), it would be moronic for them to risk upsetting paying customers, especially when it comes to an issue that is currently ass sensitive as this.

even though it says its only temporary, I cant really see these games coming back because when themotion is made, people who lost someone or just like to bitch about these sorta things will say that this guy used them and it will encourage others.

Also, wihle next to impossible its going o create a dangerous precedent forthe sequels of the mentioned games and if they will be released.

and I'm curious as to if Norway is going to stop WoW period, including people who already have accounts or not, cause i could see some civil liberties being stepped on and if not, at least some retribution sought for the monthly fee that will be lost.

mad825:

"out of respect and in respect to those affected [by the attacks]."

huh, really? what about the food and drinks he likes...And his favourite utility company,political party, music band, his (assumed) porn collection? What about them!?

Maddness >.>

I'm assuming that for those things, he only...
food/drink: Baby kittens and blood
Utility Company: None
Political party: Commie!
Music Band: Marylin Manson (when HASN'T he ever been blamed for this shit...)
Porn: Child porn.

Lets also assume that Call of Duty and World of Warcraft makes us like these things more (I mean hey, Gnomes are kid sized...).
HATE MORE ON THEM!

Norway is casting aside all of its war-based video games?

Their defenses are broken! Let the slaughter begin!

MWA HA HA HA HAAA!! Without their precious training programs, we will swoop in and take over!

(Obvious satire.)

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