State-sponsored Russia Today channel says Call of Duty game "mirrors" Monday's suicide bombing outside Moscow.
On Monday, tragedy struck outside Moscow when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Domodedovo airport, killing 35 people and injuring 180. In the wake of the massacre, no parties have come forward to claim responsibility, although Chechen separatists, which have mounted similar attacks in the past, are likely to be blamed.
Sadly, though, it appears the Russian media has found something else to blame--video games. As spotted by the New York Times, state-sponsored satellite network Russia Today broadcast a report that juxtaposed security camera footage of the actual attack with clips of the infamous "No Russian" level of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. In that mission, players must join in a Mumbai-style attack in a fictional Russian airport, gunning down civilians en masse.
"The bloody scenes of the Moscow attack are reminiscent of what can be seen in a computer game that controversially involves a character who is urged to attack civilians in an imaginary airport," says the anchorwoman, before cutting to a montage of the No Russian level and disturbing images of the real-life attack. Later, the correspondent says that the level "mirrors" the real-life suicide bombing.
The report goes on to quote Fox News terrorism analyst Walid Phares as saying he is concerned that terrorists could be using games as training tools. "I think those who have been radicalized already, let's suppose in this case jihadists [or] Al Qaeda or [some] other kind, they look at the games and say these games will serve them to train."
As of press time, Activision reps had not commented on the Russia Today report.
People should no the difference between games and not, if u cant tell you deserve to blow ur self up. (alone !! )
Of course you can train terrorists with a VIDEO GAME! Really? Really?? Its not the games fault, that was a suicide bomber. Games can't train you to kill people. Thats like using Call of duty to train marines, it doesn't make sense.
Using COD to train shooting would be like using FIFA games to train soccer. You know, you have to be one hell of a retard to say these kind of things. But, oh wait, we're talking about Fox News. Nevermind.
Video games don't kill people. People kill people. It has been that way since the beginning of time man. Stop blaming the video games.
So, let me get this straight; does this mean that all MOVIES with scenes like the opening level of COD:MW2 were written and directed by terrorists too? Stop telling everyone that video games influence our real life decisions. People that are easily influenced by video games, movies or any other form of entertainment for that matter need to seek help and are not mentally, or emotionally, stable. Terrorists don't need video games like COD or GTA to influence them. They've been terrorizing people LONG before video games were around. Not COD's fault.
the news is hardly news anymore. its just a load of crap. they have nothing else to report but a video game thats the complete opposite of the real terrorist attack. People these days.........
OMG yes those two things are exactly the same...EXACTLY the same. One was a bomber....the other a group with large guns.........EXACTLY the same, amazing.
I'm guessing they didn't play this. You're not supposed to kill anyone. In fact, you play as someone that is against the terrorists posing as a terrorists in an attempt to stop the terrorists. And also, it seems like they were blaming America.
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! I always knew that mankind has stooped to a new level of idiocy in general, but goddamn that's an impressive amount of stupid right there! So, a bombing is now being compared to a level with guns, where the ONLY similarity was the outcome (civilians dead) and the setting (airport). What about the 10 MILLION players who DIDN'T bomb an airport?
hold up, they did an entire report on the similarities of Modern Warfare and this bombing and yet they neglected to identify the man who did it or release any speculation on any events that might have led up to this. something is not right in the motherland.
@luniac Not true. The Muslim population in the Middle East makes up only 20% of the global Muslim population, and even in the Middle East, not all Muslims follow a hardline conservative interpretation of the Qur'an. The worst thing you can do is make generalizations about a religion followed by 1.57 BILLION (million with a B) people.
Man I never thought the Russian media was this stupid. I feel bad for the victim's familes who lost a loved one in this incident but this makes no sense. Al Qaeda, Taliban, or the Haqqani Network would not use a game to imitate this incident. In the game you are fighting one of these groups, I don't know which. And No Russian was more like the Mumbai Attacks, where India looked like they were ready to blow Pakis off the map. This attack was suicide bomber, and terrorist groups operating in Iraq, Afghan, and Pakistan are using explosive attacks more and more. Plus, since you fight one of the militant groups I stated, there would be way too much censorship in the game that they would overlook. Plus, the Russian media acted like you had to play the mission, and you didn't have to fire a shot until police would start to attack you. Most of all, you skip the mission at ANY time.
What the hell? Games becoming training excercises? Are you kidding me? Training requires someone who's better at something then you, teaching you the ways. Modern Warfare didn't have a level that said THIS IS HOW YOU DO THIS AND THIS TO BE A SUCCESSFUL TERRORIST. Do they train the FBI and Secret Service and the CIA to watch Metal Gear Solid? Maybe they wanna be solid snake? Maybe a blonde haired guy that looks like a famous agent, enters a hind d, and is planning to launch a nuclear attack via a giant metal robot? And its up to Metal Gear Solid to train our government? Maybe thats it? THATS THE KEY TO EVERYTHING? Maybe Grand Theft Auto 4 taught people how to do drive bys? OH WAIT THEYVE BEEN DOING DRIVEBYS FOR DECADES!
People should realize that violent media doesn't create killers and terrorists - it is more that psychos are likely to enjoy violent media. Jack the Ripper wasn't inspired by video games, he inspired them, but chances are pretty good he would have really enjoyed knifing people in MW2.
I do not agree that the media has ANY kind of cause and effect relationship on acts of terrorism or other insanity. The book Rage, and the movie Natural Born Killers, and others, have spawned copy-cat killers. The thing is, these people are psychos anyway. They may have decided to imitate art as art imitates life - but they were going to go on a killing spree anyway, makes little difference how they went about it.
@The_Last_Saiyan Got it. Thanks for clarifying. I agree that the media has a definite impact on society, and has made a big impact on our culture in the last few decades. Before "Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a dam", profanity in movies was unheard of and profanity in general was socially unacceptable in mainstream circles. Now a PG-13 movie gets to drop F-bombs, show heavy gore, and show Kate Winslets 80085 while Girls Gone Wild commercials show 455 on regular TV and Britney Spears makes out with Madonna during prime-time.
That's bulls**t...The next thing they'll say is that the suicide bomber was indoctrinated by the Reapers (see Mass Effect 2).
@rb89 well i think you should know that the US army was one of the first to actually examine and experiment the effect of video games on humans,i think you might know why?with the budget the army has in the US,they dont need to creat games they can just spend money for games to be created,and are you saying that the companies that develop the COD arent linked to the army and work independent?as i said money talks. im not against FPS or any other shooting game i am against the political making of video games if people are ment to enjoy games and in this cade FPS games then i think it is not legitimate to politicise gaming for the benefit of a few,in this case the war.i think COD actually promotes war,and tries to legitimate wars that are linked to the US.i really dont think people who lost their family members in war are gonna like what you are saying,or even the soldiers back from war are gonna play it.with all respect i think that you live in a fantasy world of entertainment ,that you call entertainment.if you really like what war brings why not join the army,in that case you will see the truth with your own eyes.and next time if you really wanna talk about this game and the effect please message me,thank you very much.
I dont know a game about invading Irak or Afganistan...if some1 knows pls tell me i want to see how`s the feel being Bush. Btw stop blaming Muslims for every terrorist attack, this world is not like Muslims have guns&bombs while other religions play with barbies.
It is not just fox, i've seen this same rubbish on CNN with GTA, and im tired of it. The sooner the boomer generation with their paranoia to "new" technologies that have a positive negative correlation with violent crimes dies out, the faster fox, cnn, and msnbc stop publishing lies that promote terrorism (making people fearful of living, leaving their houses).
@plaintomato You may not have seen this later post but It clarifies what I said to you at first. "As an addendum, I know it seems silly to blame video games. But it isn't impossible. Some people are really crazy. We as gamers need to accept that it isn't completely unreasonable to draw such a comparison, but maintain our right to free speech and expression. Should the game be banned or pulled from stores over this? no. Not at all. It's a game. They wouldn't do that for a movie. But should we accept the possibility of their claim? Yes." Oh, and as far as you joking about the media goes. I quote you: "Russia just wants to blame somebody from the U.S. for a change. I give them an A+ for effort!" That isn't insulting the media. It's insulting everyone who died, and all their families. Swallow your pride and accept that maybe what you said was in poor taste.
@plaintomato You are grossly misinterpreting what I said. I didn't buy into it, I am saying that it isn't impossible. I'm not blaming the game either. I am not gullible. I didn't agree with Fox News. I think they are all morons. I am agreeing with Walid Phares statement, "I think those that have been radicalized already, That suppose in this case, Jihadists, Al-Qaeda, or other kinds[sic], They look at the games, and see that these game will serve them, to train." He is implying that the already radical people, could see that and draw inspiration from it, because that is what insane people do. If you think It's not at least in the realm of possibility, then you are being naive. I had another post after what I said to you clarifying that fact. I forgot to link you. I wasn't trying to be uncivil. But its difficult to tell when somebody is joking over text. Especially somebody you don't know. Make it more clear next time, because I guarantee I'm not the only person who didn't pick up on it.
@lunic Did you not say Muslims were "hiding" behind a mask, that they were hiding there true nature? But forgive me if you did not intend it that way, because your comment did sound ignorant. Why should Muslims and only Muslims stand against terrorism? Terrorism is not a Muslim Monopoly.
@Sayed101 lol i never said muslims are terrorists. I just said they never take public action against "extremist" muslims.
@Funnybone525 Well technically theyre the majority. After all, you got the "normal" muslims here in the US and then you got the middle east filled with countries that follow extremist laws and the people there accept it as normal.
Wow. this is tragic, but nothing is going to be solved by comparing it to a game released more than a year ago that has a scene similar to this.
@The_Last_Saiyan Are you kidding me? You seriously buy into the idea that you should blame a video game for giving terrorists ideas, as if they need a creative spark to inspire them? What I said was a joke, and not a joke about what happened, but a joke about the ridiculous media response. What you are saying defines ?gullible?, not to mention "ignorant", which is probably not a word you should be slinging around.
@M3ran That is the thing though. You say "foreign country." Now take a step back and look at who is actually making these games. They are not governments or special interest groups. They are companies making these games for solely entertainment purposes. You are so bent on the idea that the USA made this game to brainwash the youth. That is not the purpose and if anyone takes it differently with that, then someone should see that they clearly have mental problems and keep M rated games out of their hands. plus, i am not the only person in the world that finds shooting guns at other people in a virtual world entertaining. And, in regards to your Russian comment, it is purely fictional. You must understand that in America, where you are not from obviously, companies can and will make games that push the boundaries of what is socially acceptable.
Don't blame games because of your own sloppiness. I think nowadays media just like to blame others. "Oh violent in school..blame games!" stupid...Games are games. People are people. If I own RT I would fired all of them because of their stupidity. Why don't they blame METRO 2033?
Yea cuz the opening scene on the game wuz a suicide bombing. Wow just blame it on the games. The ppl in the world who have it out 4 video games need 2 get a life!!! Seriously!!! How do u compare a suicide bombing with a group of ppl shooting up civilians. Not even close. There is no similarity between strapping a bomb 2 ur chest & blowing urself up & going in2 an airport & shooting up the place. Is it tragic? Yes. The only thing similar wuz that it wuz in a Russian airport. & thats the basis 4 ur comparison???? Seriously grow the eff up ppl.
Sick people have been killing people in airport before, this is not the first time an airport killing has happened...blaming games is stupid, myself and family were almost killed in an airport in the late 70d, and this was long before video game. Airport killings are not new and again, it is no fair to blame a game. Blame the sick people with guns and bombs thinking they are right in their beliefs and every body else is wrong in theirs.
Hey!! Did you know that Adolf Hitler trained their army by playing COD World at War! Wow! What a hilarious news!
stupid russian government, blame something unreasonable without any prove, LOOK IT AGAIN, the terrorist was BLEW himself but NOT killing EVERBODY WITH MACHINE GUN. yet they say "I think those who have been radicalized already, let's suppose in this case jihadists [or] Al Qaeda or [some] other kind, they look at the games and say these games will serve them to train."
i say only say one thing to those idiots in the news who compared that terrorist act to that mission in Modern Warfare 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEhDZN0RFjw
So these terrorists were inspired by a call of duty game and not some hollywood movie like resovoir dogs. This only proves one thing.... Games are more popular than movies in the 21st century. :D
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