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Remember how reports emerged saying that the Norway shooter used Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and World of Warcraft to prepare him for his killing spree? Well, a Norway retailer, Coop, is taking action and they don’t want another Norway terrorist coming out of the woodworks from video game influence, hence they’re removing the games from their store shelves.
According to a report from Denmark based website, Cheats, Geir Inge Stokke, Director of Sales at Coop Norway stated that…
"In light of Friday's horrific events, and of respect for those affected, we have chosen to remove simple items from our range,"… "This applies to items in product line video games."A list of the games removed from the store shelves are as follows…
• 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
I guess EA must be slightly cheering at the news considering that none of the Battlefield games were touched. It’s also shocking because you would think if they really wanted to pull a game off store shelves that could actually train someone in combat you would, I don’t know, pull a game like Arma, which is a lot more realistic than Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. As some readers pointed out, the only thing you’ll learn from Modern Warfare is how to spawn camp, quick-scope and noob-tube…skills the Norway terrorist completely ignored in his shooting spree.
Coop didn’t want gamers around the world thinking that this was an attempt to curb all sales of violent, or um, “influential” video games. They later responded to Cheats, with Coop representative from Denmark, Flemming Ladefoged, stating that…
"It's Coop believes that terrorism has been guided by motives other than computer game universes and Coop therefore sees no direct kombling between them,"Well that clears everything up. Although, that still doesn’t really explain why they would remove the above games from their store shelves, World of Warcraft and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in particular. This especially rings true if they didn’t see any direct connection between them. You can read the entire report over at Cheats.