Self-confessed Norwegian murderer and Christian extremist Anders Behring Breivik is in court today and he's been talking about two Activision/Blizzard games.
According to The Guardian, "Anders Behring Breivik has described how he "trained" for the attacks he carried out in Norway last summer using the computer game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
"It consists of many hundreds of different tasks and some of these tasks can be compared with an attack, for real. That's why it's used by many armies throughout the world. It's very good for acquiring experience related to sights systems," he continued. Apparently he used a holographic rifle sight.
He also talked about World of Warcraft
. According to The Daily Telegraph
, "He denies the game, which he played for up to 16 hours a day, had any influence on him and says it had "nothing to do" with the July 22nd attacks. He insists it is a "strategy game" rather than a violent one."
Let's just make sure this is what he said, via The Guardian, "The court also heard that Breivik took what he called a "sabbatical" for a year between the summers of 2006 and 2007, which he devoted to playing another game, World of Warcraft
(WoW), "hardcore" full time. He admitted he spent up to 16 hours every day that year playing from his bedroom in his mother's Oslo flat."
The absolutely terrible Daily Mail
, however, manages to get the following from these two reported facts:
"Brutal: Breivik said he spent up to 16 hours per day playing the violent Call of Duty
video game in preparation for the attacks."
The Breivik case continues.