Norway store removes games, toys from shelves
Call of Duty titles, toys that “function as weapons” canned.
Coop Norway, a retail store in Oslo, has decided to remove at least 51 gaming and toy brands after the horrible events last week that took 95 lives.
Toys that “look or function as weapons”, as well as video game titles like World of Warcraft, Homefront, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Modern Warfare 1 & 2, World At War, Sniper Ghost Warrior and Counter-Strike Source have been canned.
Geir Inge Stokke, director of Coop Norway Retail, said that the decision to remove the games was out of “consideration for those affected” by the murders.
“The decision to remove the games was made around the time we realized the scope of the attack,” he said. “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.”
Anders Bhering Breivik, the man responsible for the murders, had suggested in his 1,500 page manifesto to train in gun simulation with games like Call of Duty, and to put up an World of Warcraft addiction as a cover to secretly plot attacks.