Deranged mass murderer Anders Breivik claimed to enjoy violent video games and wrote in his manifesto that playing those games was a good way to train for real world violence.
His statements seem to some to verify a link between violence and video games that critics of the popular software titles have long alleged. Following Breivik’s killing spree, retailers in Norway reacted by removing violent games from store shelves.
Norwegian retailer Coop Norway said it was removing 51 titles from its shelves. Included among those that will no longer be sold are titles in the Call of Duty series as well as Sniper Ghost Warrior, Counter-Strike Source, World of Warcraft, and Homefront.
Geir Inge Stokke, retail director for Coop Norway, said it was the right thing to do.
“At the moment it’s [appropriate] for us to take them down,” Stokke said. “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.”