Norwegian Retailer Removing Violent Games From Shelves
Earlier this week, the news broke that like most people his age,
totally did it accused Norwegian terrorist shooter Anders Breivik is a gamer. Almost immediately the hand-wringing began, as news outlets began to dutifully speculate that somehow it wasn’t Breivik’s stated political views and terrorist goals, but (gasp!) video games that made him do it. This is absurd for all the reasons we laid out in our post on that topic, but it hasn’t stopped people from falling for this nonsense.
Now comes the sad, if inevitable news, that retailers in Norway are bowing to this hysteria. Norwegian news outlets are now reporting that retailer COOP Norway has taken violent video games off their shelves (WARNING: Hilarious Google Translation):
We have made our assessments of each department, and removed various games around, confirming product manager and please play responsibly in Albums, André Holt, said.
Persons charged with terrorist Anders Behring Breivik writes in his so-called manifesto that he was playing “World of Warcraft” for one year.
In the interests of the events Friday, Coop Norway revoked violent computer games and weapons like this indefinitely, says Geir Inge Stokke rogalandsavis.no .
- This is a temporary grip we do out of respect and in respect for those affected, said Stokke.
Frankly put, this is ridiculous and does far more disrespect to the survivors of this tragedy, because it assumes that they’re stupid people who cannot comprehend that terrorists don’t just come in ‘Islamic’ flavor. Taking games with violent content off the shelf won’t do anything except deprive a retailer of money. It certainly won’t stop future terrorist attacks, since the vast majority of gamers don’t commit murders.
It appears that COOP Norway is acting alone. Here’s hoping this doesn’t turn into a trend. The last thing we need is a fake freak out to eclipse the conversation they should be having.