Modern Warfare 2 Blamed for Russian Terrorist Attack

A state-sponsored Russian news program does its best to tie a recent terrorist attack to the "No Russian" level in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The Domodedovo Airport in Moscow was the scene of a suicide bombing attack this week that killed dozens of people and injured nearly 200. Looking for the cause of the bombing, Russia Today goes out of its way to blame Activision’s Modern Warfare 2 for the actions of the terrorists.

While the report does not emphatically blame Modern Warfare 2 as the cause, reports for the news outlet examine the scenes from the "No Russian" mission and try to draw some parallels to the "all-to-real" violence this week. The report talks about the "American-made" game, its popularity and sales figures and the similarities to the events.

The "expose" on the level draws the conclusion that terrorists could be using the game to train. The report also taps a Walid Phares, a global terrorism expert who says that the scenes from "No Russian" are troubling and that they need to know if terrorists are using these video games to train.

Security camera footage from the airport shows the moment of the explosion (warning: graphic footage). The suicide bombing was nothing like the scenes in "No Russian" – in fact the scenario is more than likely based on terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008 – says The New York Times. Meanwhile Russian president Dmitri Medvedev publicly criticized airport officials for allowing the suicide bomber to enter the Domodedovo airport…

Source: The Escapist

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on RedditEmail this to someone


  1. 0
    Father Time says:

    Yes the suicide bombers clearly trained on the one mission … where they shot at people and didn’t blow themselves up.


    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

  2. 0
    GoodRobotUs says:

    No surprise there, was waiting for that shoe to drop.

    Ironically enough, the first bit of media I saw with a Terrorist bomb in an airport was Total Recall…

  3. 0
    Cerabret100 says:

    I doubt it makes any difference to the people trying to make the connection, but i heard that the No Russian level was removed from the Russian version (don’t know if it’s true or not). Though i doubt getting hold of an uncut version would be that hard.

    in the end this is just another search for a scape goat when the real answers aren’t so easy to find (or face). I don’t like it, but i can’t say it’s unexpected, and that i wouldn’t do the same (find a scape goat i mean, not specifically blame video games).

  4. 0
    nightwng2000 says:

    I don’t remember which article that covered the explosion, early on when it happened, that I was reading at the time, but I did notice someone actually comment a quick quip that it was like COD: MW2.  Most people, including me, just passed it over. 

    Clearly, someone else thought the same thing as the commenter and ran with it.  :/


    NW2K Software

    Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as

  5. 0
    Zerodash says:

     That’s quite the stretch they’re making.  Given that the motivation for the attack was political and the justification for a suicide attack was religious, the videogame angle is a red herring.

Leave a Reply