Norwegian Killer's Manifesto Mentions Modern Warfare 2 as 'Training Simulator'

July 25, 2011 -

Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man who has been arrested for killing over 76 people in a bomb attack in Oslo on Friday and a subsequent mass shooting at a political youth group retreat, claims in an exhaustive manifesto that he trained for the attacks using Modern Warfare 2. That claim comes from a 1500 page manifesto entitled "2083 – A European Declaration of Independence," which is making the rounds today (you can find a copy of it here via this blog).

In it, Breivik complains about the "rise of cultural Marxism/multiculturalism" and "Islamic colonization and Islamisation of Western Europe." He goes on to lay out how "fellow patriots" can combat the situation - and most his solutions end with violence.

But for the sake of discussion, we're going to skip all that (you can read an exhaustive report from the Associated Press here) and jump to the part in the manifesto where he talks about Modern Warfare 2 and using MMO games such as World of Warcraft to explain being in isolation while you "train."

In a February 2010 entry he writes about buying "Modern Warfare 2" and claims that it is "probably the best military simulator out there and it’s one of the hottest games this year." He goes on to say that the first game wasn't to his liking, but he sees Modern Warfare 2 as more of a "training-simulation than anything else."

He also mentions that the best way of "avoiding suspicion from relatives, neighbours and friends," for your activities is to tell them “that you have started to play World of Warcraft or any other online MMO game and that you wish to focus on this for the next months/year." Berwick says this will help you "justify isolation and people will understand somewhat why you are not answering your phone over long periods."

Under a subsection entitled "Training Facilities," he recommends "[traditional] military training facilities focused on physical conditioning and skills training," but says that "[newer] facilities make extensive use of computer simulations of various kinds to provide more hours or training in more realistic situations at lower cost and with lower risk to personnel." He advises that "[temporary] arrangements can be made with the local gun club, the local gym and an internet café which facilitates multiplayer Modern Warfare 2 simulation."

In another subsection entitled "Marksmanship," he claims that real-world practice with "a real assault rifle" is important, but that "[simulation] by playing Call of Duty, Modern Warfare is a good alternative as well."

While the mere mention of a video game in a rambling, 1500 page manifesto might be enough proof for some, the connection between Breivik’s actions and his alleged training with MW2 are tenuous is best. Nevertheless, we will continue to report on this story as it develops.

Source: PC World


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Re: Norwegian Killer's Manifesto Mentions Modern Warfare 2 ...

every tragedy needs a scapegoat, dont blame the man, blame the video game that trained the man! i hope the world realizes how retarded they sound when they need to conjure up some bullshit excuse to defend a man from his actions... had he not had MW2 to use as "training", and WoW as a time-consuming cover-up he undoubtably wouldve found another way. Plus, he was on an island shooting running people.... no fire fight involved! who the hell needs to train to spray and pray? what, did MW2 teach him how to hold his weapon like military pros do??? wouldve been much easier to look up stuff like that online. cause i know the game doesnt show you how to fire the weapon, or do maintainence on it. If any country or government in general take any action against the game industry, it would be a decision made in ignorance that id personally find offensive.

Re: Norwegian Killer's Manifesto Mentions Modern Warfare 2 ...

I think Christianity and Islam is to blame for this one, not Videogames. You dont ban a hammer if a man uses it to wail on watermelons in an attempt to prepare for hammering people in the head.

Re: Norwegian Killer's Manifesto Mentions Modern Warfare 2 ...

That would actually strike me as more 'banning the watermelon' than anything else. Not that I would be surprised either way, mind you.

Re: Norwegian Killer's Manifesto Mentions Modern Warfare 2 ...

I guess whacko Jacko was right, they are Murder Simulators! Time to start banning them...

Re: Norwegian Killer's Manifesto Mentions Modern Warfare 2 ...

Virtual gun =/= Real gun? Wow, what a revelation! I didn't know that I could train myself to use a real gun by using a bunch of pixels that express absolutely no weight, proper accuracy and recoil! /sarcasm What the media have a goddamn field day with this.

Re: Norwegian Killer's Manifesto Mentions Modern Warfare 2 ...

Nonetheless, this IS the best example that the anti-game crowd has ever had when it comes to tieing virtual violence to training for real-world violence. The only real retort I can immediately come up with is that this person is an adult, and obviously a sociopath. I originally wanted to make the argument that he could just as easily watch military movies to gain training, but we support research that shows games do a better job teaching than film, so that argument is invalid.

Overall, the calmness and focus of his ideas are unsettling as hell, because it seems like this man is much, much, smarter than we would hope he would be. Thank god they caught him.

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Re: Norwegian Killer's Manifesto Mentions Modern Warfare 2 ...

"practice with "a real assault rifle" is important, but that "[simulation] by playing Call of Duty, Modern Warfare is a good alternative as well"

Bullshit. If you've never held a gun, you'd have difficulty aiming it, let alone firing. Automatic rifles are heavy, which makes it difficult for novices to hold and line up the sights properly, which means that if you do manage to fire (without hitting the magazine release by mistake) you won't be able to handle the recoil. Not that it matters if you just want to spray at random, because that doesn't require any accuracy at all.

Re: Norwegian Killer's Manifesto Mentions Modern Warfare 2 ...

Agreed. Used to Spend hours playing Halo. The I was deadly with a pistol and I typically took first place with against the guys in my barracks. However, when I was sent to the range to get accustomed to my 9mm before deployment, I couldn't hit jack for the longest time.

There is training just on how you hold and squeeze off a round properly with any weapon - and if you're like how I used to be when firing, you may be anticipating the recoil which throws off your shot even more.

The ONLY thing I personally say video games help with is processing and reacting quicker to a situation. Case in point: Yesterday some idiot driver decided to U-turn into my lane (but left himself little room to accelerate) doing roughly 10-15mph below the speed limit. I would have slammed into the back of his car if I didn't react instantly and switched lanes - video games are the only thing I do nowadays that forces me to make split second decisions.

I could list a few more stories from myself and friends, but the fact of the matter is that while I think games get you used to reacting quicker to situations, I know they cannot teach you how to properly fire a weapon.

Re: Norwegian Killer's Manifesto Mentions Modern Warfare 2 ...

I'm curious to hear what training he believed he was getting from MW2. I mean to walk into a camp and start shooting kids at random doesn't match up to anything presented in the game and, in my opinion, wouldn't require any kind of long term online training.

Re: Norwegian Killer's Manifesto Mentions Modern Warfare 2 ...

Whats hilarious is that there are games FAR better suited to "simulation" like ARMA or Medal of Honor yet this idiot cites a completely fictional weapons world like MW2 as the simulator de jour. Simulation eh? Lets check out a perk from MW2: ----- Last Stand | Last Stand Pro Last Stand Perk Ability: Allows you to survive a normal death. You will drop to the ground and pull out your pistol. You can crawl in Last Stand, which was not possible in Call of Duty 4. Last Stand ends after ~10 seconds or if you get shot again, and in both cases, you will die. Pro Ability: This allows you to use your equipment too, for example, frag grenades and throwing knives. ----- Yes... our REAL military always gets a second life after being shot.... This Breivik asshole is a lunatic and we need to stop offering scapegoats for his brand of crazy. He's just crazy.... that's it. It's time for him to go... permanently.

Re: Norwegian Killer's Manifesto Mentions Modern Warfare 2 ...

Yep, another anti-video game country in Europe is coming folks.

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Re: Norwegian Killer's Manifesto Mentions Modern Warfare 2 ...

Yea cause people respawn when you kill them in real life just like COD multiplayer. *Sarcasm*
 
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