Russian Media Suggests Modern Warfare 2 Trained Terrorists

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Russian Media Suggests Modern Warfare 2 Trained Terrorists

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A government-financed Russian media outlet's recent report does its best to tie Modern Warfare 2 to a tragic airport bombing.

Moscow's Domodedovo Airport was hit by a deadly suicide bombing attack this week that killed dozens of people and injured nearly 200 more. Shortly afterward, government-financed media outlet Russia Today put together a report that questioned if games like Modern Warfare 2 were to blame.

Modern Warfare 2 made waves in 2009 when its controversial opening scene was revealed to put players in the shoes of a Russian terrorist group that attacks civilians in an airport. Russia Today's report doesn't outright blame Modern Warfare 2 for the Domodedovo attack, but it uses quotes and edits that clearly indicate what the outlet was going for.

A Russia Today reporter first takes a look at the "No Russian" scene from the "American-made" Modern Warfare 2, goes over the game's billion-dollar popularity with millions of people worldwide, and finishes the thought by tying the virtual scenario to reality. With all of the people "downloading, playing, and watching" Modern Warfare 2, the report suggests that terrorists could be training on these types of games too.

Walid Phares, a "global terrorism expert," is seen in the report saying: "It's a trouble to look at the game and then the reality. We need to know if terrorists or extremists are using these videos or these dvds or these games to basically apply the model ... I think those that have been radicalized already - Jihadists, al-Qaeda, or other kinds - they look at the games and see that these games will serve them to train."

It's not obvious if Phares' quotes were taken out of context or not, but to me they seem abruptly cut to imply the point that Russia Today wanted for the report. Russia Today also wonders why there hasn't been more criticism of the game in light of the Domodedovo attack.

Plain and simple, the report is lazy journalism at its finest. I don't know how the management structure of Russia Today determines what's reported on (with that whole "government-funded" aspect), but it seems like somebody at the outlet wanted to cause more outrage over a terrible tragedy and maybe tie in a little xenophobia just for kicks. Admittedly, Modern Warfare's "No Russian" scene is very disturbing, but someday I hope the media will cover the world's ills without looking back to see if there's a videogame it can vaguely compare them to.

Source: NY Times

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this was inevitable. however one might question the use of explosives in the attack when mw2 clearly trained in firearm use.

What? You mean the Russian government is trying to blame a game that shows their country as the unjustified aggressor? No wai!

There are not enough people in the universe to facepalm this. Can't they focus more on the tragic lose of life and how Russia will (hopefully) pull through this and tighten security instead of pinning the blame on a FICTIONAL level of a game.

Pressing a button on a game = training people to plant explosives.

Of corse!

I think this is a first, blaming a video game for terrorism.

I've often wondered about how they think a video game is going to train terrorists for these soughts of things, i mean, what do they think Call Of Duty can teach to a suicide bomber? they dont need to learn anything, they just need to be all soughts of crazy and be able to act casual before they dotonate their explosives.

With this train of logic i blame the worlds Drama clubs

Hiphophippo:
this was inevitable.

Hell, I made the joke when I first saw it hit headlines. Nothing more than the usual negative sensationalism surrounding video games.

Numachuka:
Pressing a button on a game = training people to plant explosives.

Of course!

Terrible. Well at least we in the West are free of such crazy and outlandish accusations by the media!

Oh hang on-

oh god here whe go again

This is stupid, what we should ACTUALLY be blaming is the original Die Hard movie!

Numachuka:
Pressing a button on a game = training people to plant explosives.

Of corse!

OMG COUNTER STRIKE IS A TERRORIST TRAINER!!!!111!

(This is, of course, sarcasm. For those of you who don't get the reference, one of the vanilla modes have the terrorists try to plant a bomb in a specific location while the counter-terrorists try to stop them. You plant the bomb by selecting it and... holding down a button).

The Long Road:
What? You mean the Russian government is trying to blame a game that shows their country as the unjustified aggressor? No wai!

ACTUALLY the game doesn't portray them that way at all, russia is basically setup by groups working to make war happen now so the old and useless generals and mercs have something to do. in the game american dressed and talking terrorists attack a russian airport thus pushing russia into attacking America.
so they are in no way portrayed as the unjustified agressor.

Tom Goldman:

Walid Phares, a "global terrorism expert," is seen in the report saying: "It's a trouble to look at the game and then the reality."

You see, Walid Phares was tragically struck blind at age 14, he literally can't see the difference between games and reality, because he can't see anything at all.

That's the only explanation I can see for that statement that DOESN'T end in me suggesting he get a lobotomy.

*crosses fingers* Please no one show this to Fox "News".

Wow, that actually took them more then 2 hours to jump on a game.

Progress!

Whoever wrote that story needs to be fired, yesterday. That's a such bullshit fear-mongering scapegoat that it really outright infuriates me. What angers me the most is that this is almost making light of the situation.

Actually I'm at a loss for words to describe my anger. The magnitude of sheer stupidity and insensitivity of writing such a report should not be tolerated by anyone. It trivializes the horror of what happened is what it does.

Hells yeah, this is lazy journalism. I saw this coming a mile away.

Great, once again, videogames are the scapegoat for a tragedy.

I think if i was going to go on a killing spree in a airport,i would be more confident about after playing this mission :)

it odd but i had the mental link between the two but i don't think that mw2 (as bad as it is)is to blame for the tragic events

who was it that called it? i dont remember... but that guy REALLY fucking called it when he said "you think the media will blame MW2 for the terrorist attack"?

It's all true I tell you! Video games teach you stuff! Like thanks to Burnout I can now race a F1 car in record time round silvers... Oh wait, my mistake. No. This is Bullshit. Firing a gun in a game vs blowing yourself up. Go go go Russian media!

That's dumb and the people who are suggesting that are also dumb.

Should have trained them on Medal of Honor; they'd have probably ended up shooting themselves...

oh god russia, dont show this to the faux propaganda machine!

Activision's response should be interesting.

"We at Activision wholeheartedly deny that MW2 could be used to train terrorists. MW2 is intended purely for entertainment, because massacring dozens of unarmed, screaming civilians is... um... fun..."

It's a silly story, but that doesn't mean Activision don't deserve to take flack for that cheap, stupid, sensationalist level.

Right, I've had enough. I now declare that it is International Blame Everything Day because no one ever talks about the evil spread by other devices/objects/events.

I found this sinister device today called a computer mouse; using it CLEARLY gives you fungus infections, arthritis, and diabetes IMMEDIATELY. WARN THE PRESS, WE HAVE AN EPIDEMIC ON OUR HANDS! -_-'

Wasn't it just one guy who blew himself up, not a whole armed squad going in and killing everybody?

Numachuka:
Pressing a button on a game = training people to plant explosives.

Of corse!

to be fair, a Medal of Honor game [european assault? the one that came out before airborne] had you turn the joysticks in different ways to set up explosives.

but then again, it was a suicide vest or suitcase bomb, so technically double tapping to detonate your C4 could be good enough training.

OT: I saw this on my Yahoo News feed yesterday when I checked my E-Mail and I immediately remembered the 'No Russian' level. I knew someone somewhere would link the two together.

what I find surprising is that it wasn't an American 'news' outlet that did it first.

Yeah I think we've already determined that Video Games do not equal serious military training. We've also determined that anyone with the will to commit an act of terror, will do so of their own accord. I mean, it couldn't possibly be Russia's recent attempts to annex part of Eastern Europe that weren't within its borders (Georgia, South Ossetia), no, no way their recent actions towards those two countries could've made anyone angry, least of all their inhabitants. *rolls eyes*

To be fair, Modern Warfare 2 might very well have provided the same level of "training" that any Hollywood film depicting the atrocities of terrorists does - it can give potential terrorists some ideas. But so can the internet, the nightly news, actual terrorist training camps (where they don't just give you ideas for horrible things to do, they teach you to do them!), etc.

Blaming school shootings/terrorist bombings/you name it on videogames is just stupid - video games can certainly be a training tool for our armed forces (or others), but any simulation that doesn't involve the player actively moving about and aiming real bloody weapons is going to be highly limited in what it can actually "teach". In other words, you can instill a certain mindset and response pattern in combat scenarios, but you can't impart the actual skills one needs to fire a gun through an FPS, it's nothing at all like that. It's starting to really get old that the media and various stupid old people can't seem to grasp that playing video games doesn't make you better at shooting people - practicing shooting people makes you better at shooting people.

Numachuka:
Pressing a button on a game = training people to plant explosives.

Of corse!

On the downside, with all that button pressing they can fire the detonator very proficiently.

"With all of the people "downloading, playing, and watching" Modern Warfare 2, the report suggests that terrorists could be training on these types of games too."

Bull. Shit. Playing a game like Modern Warfare 2 is NOTHING like actually firing a gun at someone in real combat. It might LOOK like it, but it's NOT THE SAME! Playing Call of Duty is the equivelant of playing Cops and Robbers.... in the future.

Russian Medis Suggests Modern Warfare 2 Trained Terrorists Jumps The Shark.

Simply embarassing what kind of codswallop consistently continues to cruise through into people's TVs.

Really? Well, that's kinda weird, I never saw any of our media outlets even reference...

Wait... Russia Today?

Oh. Well, that explains it.

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