Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 may in part be to blame for the deadly attack on Russia’s busiest airport earlier this week, state run news network Russia Today suggests.
RT points out what they say are similarities between the bloody scenes depicted in the No Russian level of 2009’s game with the gruesome reality of yesterday’s attack at Domodedovo International Airport. Thirty-five people were killed and more than 180 injured in the terrorist attack that Russian officials say was a suicide bombing.In the report RT points out that the American made video game has earned more than $US1 billion in sales worldwide and than you don’t have to own the game to see the No Russian mission, you can also watch it on YouTube.
Walid Phares, Director of Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for defence of Democracies, tells the news channel that terrorists may even use the game for training.
“Indeed it is a trouble to look at the game and reality,” he said. “The issue is we need to know if terrorists or extremists are using these videos or DVDs or games to basically apply the model.
“I think those who have been radicalised already – that is supposed in this case jihadists, Al-Qaeda or other kind – they look at the games and say these games will serve them to train,”
Media critic Danny Schechter adds that some video games can influence people.
In the No Russian level, players take on the role of Joseph Allen, who has infiltrated a terrorist group as Alexei Borodin. Borodin and the terrorist group he has infiltrated enter the Zakhaev International Airport and begin to gun down civilians.