Norway Pulling Violent Video Games After Killing

3.8.11


After the world shocking mass murders allegedly performed by Anders Breivik (picture) 10 days ago, retail chains in Norway are pulling violent video games off their shelves and as usual, violent video games are targeted as the main motivator of the shooting .

Coop Norway, one of the Norway's largest retailers, announced late last week that they will be removing over 50 video games and weapon-like toys from their shelves in the aftermath of the Oslo/Utoya shootings.

Among the titles affected are Homefront, Counter-Strike, Sniper: Ghost Warrior, World of Warcraft and various Call of Duty games. According to statements made to Norwegian newspaper Rogalands Avis, the ban on these games is apparently only temporary, but no reinstatement date were announced for gamers to continue to buy video games.

Coop Norway Retail director Geir Inge Stokke said, "The decision to remove the games was made around the time we realized the scope of the attack. Others are better suited than us to point to the negative effects of games like these."

Stokke added, "At the moment it's [appropriate] for us to take them down. I wouldn't be surprised if others do the same. We have to think very carefully about when to bring these goods back. The economy involved is of no importance."

A comment someone posted awhile ago:

"I even heard he drank milk once! They should ban that too."

19 comments:

Heather said...

Sigh, I'm so tired of this, from the picture he looks like a grown man, there is no excuse least of all videogames. I truly believe that if anything videogames prevent people from doing stuff like this because it acts as an outlet.

Btw the milk comment at the bottom was a riot! :)

A70 8Trac said...

Liberal governments and their kneejerk reactions. Honestly saw it coming though -__-

AllenTesch said...

Of course! I must be the video games! Nobody murdered anybody before the 80's.

Electric Addict said...

lol too silly

M Fawful said...

That's unfortunate, but at least it's supposed to be temporary.

Jackson.k said...

Oh norway, you so crazy. We should have taken rc planes off the shelves after 9/11. *rolls eyes*

Chris Hashemi said...

Video games don't make people kill, chances are that person was already suffering from some mental issues, and would have committed that crime regardless.

Shaw said...

Not a good move, Norway.

supercake said...

videogames are usefull, you can lose a lot of stress by playing them

TheGamerDaily said...

Can't say i agree with norway on this one

The Asian! said...

They must be stupid ._. Just as stupid as California.

SillyPhotoStorys said...

Just because of call of duty, wow.

Winston's Dog said...

A genuinely terrible idea :\

Dan Carter said...

24 carat muppetry right there

Heather said...

This is still the dumbest thing I've heard in a while.

Dan said...

I think it's ridiculous to ban violent video games. The largest massacres in history had been executed without the aid of video games - I doubt these contribute much, if at all.

Hadders93 said...

This is plainly ridiculous. I'm pretty sure a major survey in the US showed that there's no correlation between video games and violent crime anyway...

Kyoun said...

This is so silly.

Linux and Life said...

that's so damn stupid. They first shut the guy up, and now they go after video games. At least Anders is so right about the liberalization in Norway.

Post a Comment

Hits





Labels

Friends

Powered by Blogger.

Popular Posts

Promote Your Blog Blogged.my Ping your blog, website, or RSS feed for Free