While my heart goes out to the people affected of the bombing of Oslo and the horrible shooting at Utoya, I’m at the same time upset because of the coverage surrounding the man behind these attacks. Actually, I’m not just upset, I’m furious.This isn’t just because the media outlets were quick to propose that the attacks were linked to Islamic terrorists. Jumping the gun like that is just pure ignorance and stupidity, and hopefully people will learn that terrorism isn’t something that only springs from Islamic parts of the world. However, the reason I’m writing this is the fact that media outlets have linked the shooter to Modern Warfare 2. Why is this necessary information? Danish media describes the game as “a game where you can choose to shoot civilians”, which is accurate, but completely unimportant in this case. I’d even say it’s downright frivolous.
It may be seen as a rather small detail, but to people, who have no idea about games and especially Modern Warfare 2, this only fuels their hatred towards video games and their so-called contribution to violence. By mentioning the game to thousands of readers, whether they did it on purpose or simply felt the need to give out as many details about the shooter as possible, the media takes an unnecessary stance towards video games, which may prove completely ridiculous. Once again ignorance reigns, but it’s the games industry that takes the blow.
Now I may be joining the masses drawing conclusions too fast, seeing as the connection to Modern Warfare 2 hasn’t been fully followed up on (yet) by international media outlets, but it’s important to stop the crusade against video games, before it even starts. In no way whatsoever can Modern Warfare 2 be held accountable for even the slightest part of the nightmare that Norway or any other country go through at a time like this. That a deranged man likes to play a FPS in his sparetime shouldn’t even be mentioned, when more pressing concerns (like the deaths of 84 kids) should be the center of our attention.