‘Modern Warfare 2’ used as ‘training’ for Oslo terror suspect


This is an undated image obtained from the Twitter page of Anders Behring Breivik, 32, who was arrested Friday in connection to the twin attacks on a youth camp and a government building in Oslo, Norway. Breivik said he used World of Warcraft as a cover for his real activities. (AP)

The game, a first-person shooter that has received high praise from players and critics, has a multiplayer mode that Breivik commented was good to “simulate actual operations.”

Breivik also said that he used World of Warcraft as a cover to explain long periods of isolation and travel to other countries.

“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.”

Breivik’s mention of these titles might cause a resurgence of outcry over a perceived link between video games and violence, which reached a fever pitch shortly after the killings at Columbine High School in 1999.

World of Warcraft has more than 12 million players, and MW2 has more than 25 million unique players — Breivik is clearly an outlier. But with all the debate over violent video games and what effect they may or may not have on children, this mention could stir up the debate yet again.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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