Norwegian Retailer Pulls Violent Games in Wake of Attack

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  1. MajorDomo

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    Coop Norway, one of the largest retailers in Norway is pulling 51 games and toys from its shelves. The merchandise was deemed violent and pulled due to the recent tragedy that killed 77 people. When and if the games will ever be returned to the shelves has not been determined.

     
  2. DeathPrincess

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    Hopefully they pulled violent films, images and books too?
     
  3. nissanztt90

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    And the news/reporting of the attack, cause thats violent too.
     
  4. _PixelNinja

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    Could of made the information complete in speaking about retailers of the likes of Spaceworld who refuse to pull any games because they consider there is no relation between the games and the attack:

     
  5. Namakan

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    The only one they are hurting are themselves
     
  6. faugusztin

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    On positive note, they pulled WoW too. (Yes, it is sarcasm)
     
  7. zyklon

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    way to overreact. what about the 50+ millions that's played these games? should they be on some kind of terrorist watch list?
     
  8. Yossarian22

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    Are they going to ban all Christian based religious services, too, since the nutjob was Christian?

    And burn Bibles? Just curious. Looking for some consistency, here.
     
  9. temujin987

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    ^^ that

    the violent games will return when someone realizes that they made nice profits with them.

    and while this is tragic indeed this is blown way out of proportion. i bet more children die in somalia every day. of course I would think differently if it were my family that was blown up or gunned down, but seriously, we don't live in the land of milk and honey. norway is still one of the safest countries in the world, no need to panic at all because of one bad apple. there are always plenty of them among millions of people and they certainly don't build a 500 kg bomb because of GTA IV.
     
  10. Uncle

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    Its amazing how one demented fellow can have so much power over the majority of a country. Knee jerk reaction. Now crossing over to this side of the pond and we see the same thing happened. 19 dead hijackers,overnight, have held America hostage for 10 years with the Patriot Act, Home Land Security etc etc.How come so many deranged people have all this power over the sane majority and when the sane would like good things to happen in government it gets debated and debated and debated till it dies. Something definitely is not right. Its not funny but a person does a heinous crime and the government has to pass laws and take more of our rights away, overnight to make sure we don't follow in this persons footsteps, when all they would have to do is hang the bugger for everyone to see. That would be the best incentive. No new law and no more rights would have to be taken away.
     
  11. collegeboy69us

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    let's outlaw cars because some people are so retarded and kill someone via drunk driving.


    *rolls eyes*
     
  12. Pandur

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    You can always trust companies like COOP to use bad news in a wrong way to try and increase their profit. The public actions following the horrible terror attack made me proud to be Norwegian. Stupid stuff like this gets me back to normal.
     
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    For a nut job his manifesto (or whatever you wanna call it) is extremely well written.
     
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    You just had to see this coming.
     
  15. ASIA911

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    Some people here need to STFU. Seriously. Good for them to pull the game for the time being since it's so close to the terrible incident. Some people don't even know that Norway is only 5mil in population.
     
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    Asia911 - as much as I find what happened to be terrible, I don't see why the games should be removed from stores -- even as some kind of respect to the victims. All this will do is furthermore influence people into thinking that video games are responsible for what happened and can potentially lead to future attacks. This is sending out the wrong message and drives away from the real issue; the fact that the perpetrator of the attack is a right wing extremist, terrorist and a sociopath.
     
  17. Yossarian22

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    Yo lilbabycat don't even be playin dat
    You could say the same of Adolf when he was off in prison after blastin gats
    In Bavarian pubs
    Yall just a buncha little scrubs
    This nutjob shit is crazy since he came up outta the cradle
    Betcha didn't know motherfucker praisin' al Qaeda
    The fuck?
    Phony ass playas dressin up like Knight's Templar
    You betta be playin' homie, this ain't Indiana Jones!
    Nor is it the fourteenth century
    Your username has my mind crazed
    Son I will smoke you up, blaze that Norwegian Wood
    Nanny state wanna bust up game industry whatever
    But you know logically they be doin it emotionally
    Shit ain't no betta
    Fuck the Norwegian Nutjob.
     
  18. ASIA911

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    It's pretty simple. Copy cats. After this terrible incidents you don't want kids going out and buy this type of shoot them up games and shoot one another like nothing had just happen. It's not like they are blaming these type of games for the shooting incident. More to just quenching the fire and slowly let the small country heal by banning access to these type of stuff for the time being.
     
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    I always though Norway was the benchmark for reason. Hopefully this doesn't last long and doesn't result in any stupid laws for you guys.
     
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    Do people actually try to READ before they make STUPID COMMENTS? Read the fucking thing! It's not like the GOVERNMENT IS BANNING this. These games are being pull by the retailer Coop Norway on their own free will for the time being. At least they are being wisely sensitive instead of insensitive about this tragedy.
     
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    As respect to the victims all violent games should be recalled then, that have been sold. Its not the games on the shelves that caused the problem but the ones sold.
     
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    You know who else played WoW and CoD4? Tens of millions of people who've never shot anybody.

    Clearly violent games make violent people since 0.0000001% of gamers have shot people. Smart move.
     
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    Oh and let's also ban all television sets, all movies and TV shows, shoes, clothing, food, computers and paper, since he used all of those. Clearly they turn you into a murderer! Protect the children at all cost!
     
  24. jiminator

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    These decisions make me RAGE!!!!!
     
  25. Night_Hawk-19

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    It was grown person who did this. What would banning achieve. Doesn't work without the proper parenting in place. Seems governments often over steps its boundaries. Banning video games doesn't work. Try putting on an age restriction instead. Bad parenting is often the case of problems with adult life. Most of society has lost the please and thank you teaching and not taking things for granted. Its a shame that most things change as result of something bad happening and often is not the proper solution the government comes up with.
     
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    You want to bet? The one who play these type of games are more dangerous and cunning if they do live it out and go on a massacre killing than a person who never laid eyes on these type of games. Maybe you haven't met any fuck up teenagers yet. I'm pretty sure there are some that are spawn from these type of games. I'm pretty sure guys in the military hate these type of shoot them up games. [sarcasm]
     
  27. ASIA911

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    Did you even read the article? Government?
     
  28. jiminator

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    You cannot protect the world from freak events. They will always happen. Trying to find causes or pass legislation is stupid. And some would say they "know" the cause, but you cannot know the mind of an insane person.
     
  29. wizdum

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    Troll harder.
     
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    How is this trolling?
     
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    As I see it they are indirectly blaming those games for the shooting -- by removing them they are implying there is a correlation.

    If the idea was really to give the Norwegian people some time to breathe, why are they solely removing these titles as opposed to all MMOs and shooters? Since they are not removing all the shooting games, what is going to stop the children playing other FPSs shooting one another (not to mention the games they already own)? And why children? This was done by the hands of an adult. I could extend these questions to all violence displayed in other forms of media.

    Also, I would tend to think that if someone was traumatized by the events that occurred, chances are they would refrain themselves from playing shooting games...
     
  32. Stone Cold

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    At least no one can prove you ever shot anyone.
     
  33. Stone Cold

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    I dunno. After playing Duke Nukem Forever, I had some #@$# homicidal feelings. But, on the way to the gun store I had the urge to go to a strip club, so that's where I ended up, instead.


    (I'm joking. I would't need to go to a gun store. Get real.)
     
  34. dioxholster

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    they actually did. terrorist mentioned it and cod in his manifesto.
     
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    Wisely sensitive? How is removing games from the shelves not directly linking the public's line of thinking to that games cause crimes? It leads people to think: "Surely they wouldnt have removed them if there was nothing wrong with them, maybe games really are bad." Thats the stupidest line of thinking ive ever heard.

    Theres nothing wise about this, its just going to make more people think that games are the cause of violent crimes. They didnt offer to remove violent movies, tv shows, books, or rock and roll, all of which has been blamed for causing violence over the years.

    Lets get to the root of the problem here, the guy was messed up in the head. Period. Now the retailer is doing one of two things, either they are looking to capitalize on the publicity by saying 'hey look what we did, come shop at us because look how much we care about the community.' Or they truly believe that games were the cause of the violence.. in which case when they put them back in a month or two they will then be promoting violence *gasp!*

    Its only going to fuel some other nutjob conservative to go on a crusade against 'violence' and try to get movies, tv, games, books, music, religion, guns, knives, or anything which can potentially be misused or misunderstood banned. I dont see liquor stores or bars stop selling liquor when drunk drivers go out and murder families with their vehicles. And in those cases we ACTUALLY CAN blame the item for causing the problem.

    Ugh.. seriously? People who play games are more dangerous than people who dont? Wow, you have literally stunned me into silence... I dont even..

    It _totally_ had nothing to do at all with the fact that this guy spent half his life creating a 1500 page plan to go on a murderous rampage and 'change the world.' Or that he frequently went to his local gun range to actually practice his shooting skills with firearms he legally owned. Must have been all that button mashing on his controller that made him so good.. i can see your point, dang. Wont someone please think of the children?!... training every day in their basements, fueled by their mountain dews, slaving away over their consoles, ready and primed for the day when the playstation network is down and they snap and come to kill us all.
     
  36. faugusztin

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    I know they did. The sarcasm was the first part ("On positive note").
     
  37. meme

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    Ok, the games have been pulled, so there will never be any more shootings.

    Problem solved!
     
  38. Commander FAT

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    More like cowards.
     
  39. PornoSatan

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    I don't know about you all, but I love reading stories like this. It proves that the human race hasn't figured itself out yet. Once humans "solve" humans, we're going to be in deep shit.
     
  40. SixFootDuo

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    I actually see this as BS. My deepest respect to the families of these young victims but to me, I see this as a "business" move masqueraded as ... like I said, BS.

    I'm not fooled. While everyone is praising this company for doing the right thing, blah blah blah .. Oh, and btw, they had a competitor do the same things and pull some games It's just insulting to me.

    Would of Warcraft? lol .. whatever.