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Russian media links airport blast to Modern Warfare 2's 'No Russian' level

Yesterday, a terrible tragedy took place at the Domodedovo airport in Moscow. Is there some way videogames could have caused this? Of course there is.

In a TV report on Russia Today, a channel that is financed by the government, news editors spliced together footage from Modern Warfare 2 and the video taken from yesterday's presumed suicide bombing. The reporter in the piece emphasizes twice that the game was made by an American company, and says it is very similar to the attack that happened in the real world.

Walid Phares, a "terrorism expert" from FOX News, said he was "troubled" by how closely fiction mimicked reality, less than two years after the game came out, and insists that we have to know if terrorists are using games to "apply the model."

In the events at the real airport, a suicide bomber walked in and detonated himself, killing himself and dozens more in a matter of seconds. That's not really what happens in MW2, and The New York Times points out that 'No Russian' more closely resembles the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Yet, say the people in the broadcast, both are eerily identical because they both happen in a Russian airport. The airport in Modern Warfare 2, incidentally, is not a real airport.

The report ends with the newscaster saying that "so far," no one has come forward to condemn the game. Though, they kind of just did.

[Source: New York Times]

Jan 25, 2011

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55 comments

  • lauans - January 29, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    Why do those assholes always blame video-games? WHY?! Can't people disguise pixels in a TV from meat and bone people?! C'mon... do terrorist keep playing PS3/Xbox 360 in the middle of desert just to make terrorist attacks? These reminds me of 11/09... when journalists blame Flight Simulator 2000... Jeez
  • fernando90chazari - January 27, 2011 6:22 a.m.

    OK Ok Retards, and suicide terrorist and other doushbags, lay off of those games, even though its the 2nd place Bad-ass game ever, please please, never cause this trouble again, especially you don't redo that history again, come on grow up,get a life, and no new3s doing like those stunts!!
  • mrmorozov987 - January 26, 2011 11:28 p.m.

    Really, the part where she says "We believe this was a terrorist attack" is proof of the intelligence level in the video. I'm surprised Glenn Beck hasn't jumped on this yet.
  • Gameguy94 - January 26, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    If terrorists have to be inspired by a video game to go to an airport and shoot/blow the crap out of everyone they are probably very stupid terrorist.
  • fatguy19 - January 26, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    I think there tottaly right to blame modern warfare 2 After all it clear that osam bin laden got the idea from 9/11 by crashing his plane in flight simulator. On a serious not though the second I hear about this story I new it would only be a matter of time before someone blamed the game
  • Japanaman - January 26, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    Oh, like Call of Duty isn't inspired by real life events!
  • flare149 - January 26, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    Does anyone else find it kinda dumb that IW went to the trouble of asking the player if they want to see the graphic content, as well as give the option to skip the level in order to keep it from younger viewers, and then you've got this media outlet that's parading it all over the public news? I mean, they talk about it being an issue but they don't really make it seem that bad by giving no warning of it being too graphic or anything, they just throw it on there. It's even better because the one guy goes something like: "People who make these games say it doesn't impact the real world but it does.", and they still show it all. Dumbasses
  • tbelz99 - January 26, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    This is so stupid theres a big difference between a guy running into an airport and blowing himself up and a level in modern warfare 2 where you're playing undercover to stop a terrorist
  • freakyfro99 - January 26, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    Called it. Totally called it. Don't remember where but I wrote it somewhere. I would like a cookie now. I was really hoping they wouldn't make that "link" but of course they just couldn't pass up something this ridiculous...
  • gamebrain8505 - January 26, 2011 1:03 p.m.

    the first thing I tought of when I heard it... I hated myself for that
  • SonyBacker - January 26, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    Dear Waled Phares *beep* off grasshopper. so this is how far the media has to go to prove that video games are evil and are the worlds problems, i mean come on, over-react much, killing off your own civilians then playing the "i only did it cos i seen it in a game" card. anyway anyone who has played the game knows that the mission is called no russian besides the title, there were 4 people, 3 russians and an american, this was 1 guy and he was russian from what i have heard, besides MW2 was banned in russia.
  • Firenzeta - January 26, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    Stories like these will only exacerbate the whole idiotic "video games are linked to real-life tragedies" news angle. Instead, we should treat these stories like the trolls they are and simply ignore them. Like our troll counterparts, the media will get bored and shift their gnat-like attention span to some other medium.
  • Phoenix4 - January 26, 2011 10:49 a.m.

    This is so dumb i don't know that to say the only common they have is that the terrorism was made on an airport on russia.
  • Arron_S_S - January 26, 2011 10:41 a.m.

    Gameplay footage of MW2 on a global TV? I'm sure Activision are full of concern over these comments.
  • IndestructibleJediSquirrel - January 26, 2011 7:36 a.m.

    oooooh. Sorry Americans. You have a huge EMP coming your way and a Russian invasion on your way. Activision are gonna be hit first, that's why the Infinity Wars heads left. They can see the future. Somehow from that article over 8000 people have watched the No Russian video and one blows up and airport. Even if the crap they are making up is true 8000/1 is a pretty acceptable ratio. I personally blame the leprechauns.
  • SAUGAPRIME - January 26, 2011 6:42 a.m.

    You know what really caused that terrible tragedy......people looking at the birds and the trees.......Oh give me a break video games again you know horror movies cause more problems, warping people's minds then video games!
  • The4X - January 26, 2011 6:36 a.m.

    @TURbo I played English version being in Russia, no censorship prevents me from getting full original games
  • The4X - January 26, 2011 6:34 a.m.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FgBI9uK8Qg Check this out, Jokers
  • TURbo - January 26, 2011 5:01 a.m.

    Technically that's not correct. There was no bombs used in Modern Warfare 2. It was only guns. Maybe if you didn't ban the NO RUSSIAN mission in Russia, maybe you would know that.
  • Markstone - January 26, 2011 4:39 a.m.

    Maybe the Ruskies just don't like the way they're portrayed in MW2 :P seriously though, claims such as this are don't have any logic to them, for example some basically saying videogames train people to be killers (cause logically pushing a button on the controller is the exact same as pulling a trigger on a real life weapon with weight/recoil)

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