Ever since the perpetrator linked the recent attack in Norway with some of the games he played there has been a small amount of backlash. Norwegian retailer, Coop Norway, has banned a total of 51 games from their shelves including World of Warcraft and Call of Duty which the perpetrator claimed helped train him for the attack. As ridiculous as the thought of an unrealistic military shooter or an MMO training someone to slaughter innocents sounds Coop Norway took it to heart and has banned these games on their own accord.
In an interview with interview with Rogalands Avis, a Norwegian newspaper, a company spokesman said that “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.”
It seems incredibly reactionary of me to take the massively popular teen-rated MMO World of Warcraft off the shelves because of this, but companies can do what they want when it comes to inventory.