Norwegian retailers take COD, WOW off sale following killings

Norwegian retailer Coop Norway has temporarily removed 51 game and toy brands from its shelves following last months bombing and massacre committed by Anders Behring Breivik. The move comes in response to the mention of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and World Of Warcraft in Breivik’s manifesto, who wrote: “I see MW2 more as a part of my training-simulation than anything else.” Speaking to the Norwegian press, Coop Norway Retail director Geir Inge Stokke said: “The decision to remove the games was made around the time we realised the scope of the attack. Others are better suited than us, to point to the negative effects of games like these. At the moment it’s [appropriate] for us to take them down. I wouldn’t be surprised if others do the same. We have to think very carefully about when to bring these goods back. The economy involved is of no importance.” Other titles removed from sale include Homefront, Sniper Ghost Warrior and Counter-Strike Source. It’s important to note that non-game items such as toy guns have also been taken off shelves. We’ve contacted the publishers involved for comment.

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