Norway Shooter Tells Judge He Trained Playing ‘Call of Duty’
Anders Behring Breivik, the shooter behind Norway’s July 2011 massacre, told the court during the fourth day of his trial that he practiced his shot playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, with the “holographic aiming device” he bought for the game. His Thursday testimony adds significant clout to the argument that video games have a negative impact on behavior.
Breivik said armies around the world train for war using the gun-like tool he used to play the video game, The Guardian reports.
“It consists of many hundreds of different tasks and some of these tasks can be compared with an attack, for real,” Breivik said. “That’s why it’s used by many armies throughout the world. It’s very good for acquiring experience related to sights systems.”
In addition to Call of Duty, Breivik took a year off from his career as an entrepreneur between 2006 and 2007 to play World of Warcraft. He said he would spend up to 16 hours per day gaming in his bedroom in his mother’s Oslo apartment. He denies that the game had anything to do with his attacks.
“WoW is only a fantasy game, which is not violent at all. It’s just fantasy,” Breivik said.
Breivik says his life as a gamer was to cover up his plans for the attack, feigning an addiction to World of Warcraft.
Breivik killed 69 people at a political youth camp on the island Utøya and eight people in a car bomb explosion in Oslo, in the country’s deadliest attack since World War II.