Russian media points to Modern Warfare 2 over airport bombing

Tuesday, 25th January 2011 16:26 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Russia Today, a government-financed satellite channel, has broadcast a report mixing footage of the aftermath of yesterday’s Moscow airport bombing with the No Russian level from Modern Warfare 2.

Russia Today’s report, which emphasized that the video game was made by Americans, included an interview with Walid Phares, a Fox News terrorism analyst, who suggested that terrorists might be using virtual games like this one to train for real attacks.

“I think those who have been radicalized already — let’s suppose in this case jihadists, Al Qaeda or [some] other kind — they look at the games and say these games will serve them to train,” Phares said.

Said Russia today in a written report:

“The bloody scenes of the Moscow attack are reminiscent of what can be seen in a year-old computer game, the scenario of which controversially involves a character who is urged to kill civilians in an imaginary Russian airport.

“In the mission dubbed ‘No Russian’ the player goes on a terrorist rampage, helping to massacre civilians in a fictitious Moscow airport. It may have seemed too gruesome and tragic ever to come true.”

A bomber yesterday detonated an estimated 7kg of TNT at Domodedovo airport, killing 35 people and injuring 110.

Via the New York Times.



  1. Callum

    As always, the conclusions drawn by the media and these so called ‘experts’ are laughable. I genuinely wish the gaming media wouldn’t pay them any attention because frankly, they don’t deserve it.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Zarckan

    Let’s see how quickly Daily Mail picks up on these. :-/

    #2 4 years ago
  3. KrazyKraut

    yeah Acti…Russia hates you know.

    Thats a not good….believe me.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Rosseu

    It’s just a game

    #4 4 years ago
  5. drewbles82

    I dont get it tho. This was a bomber. The game is using machine guns, its not the same. Location maybe. Yet if it was in any other airport in the world, no one would have said anything.
    Lets find something/someone to blame other than the actually people who commit these acts.Dumbasses

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Anders

    In Russia… something something.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    I always thought the games resemble the reality and not the other way around. Damn my whole life is just a copy of games -.-

    #7 4 years ago
  8. abnormal alan

    I can just imagine all these terrorist groups sitting round

    Terrorist 1 – “So lads what are we going to blow up today”
    Terrorist 2 – “Hmmm well I saw a nice empty park how about that?”
    Terrorist 1 – “Well yeah that seems like a pretty good idea to me”

    *terrorist 1 puts his copy of Modern Warfare in the xbox*

    Terrorist 1 – “……….boys, new idea”

    what a load of balls. If Modern Warfare is to blame then i’d say next stop is for the russians to invade America, watch out lads

    #8 4 years ago
  9. hitnrun

    Sigh. It’s like when someone farts in polite company. Everyone was thinking about it*, but these losers have to go and say it.

    *Thinking about the eerie similarity, not that there’s some link, because actual Cechnyan terrorists could not give two shits about some shitty plot twist in an American blockbuster movie-game.

    #9 4 years ago

    yep its this AMERICAN video game made buy AMERICAN company.

    DIE HARD 2 ANYONE. na its just a film. films have been around for ages. no-one getting influenced from films.

    wouldnt surprise me they try to ban codmw2 now. and there’s no chance of them incuding scenarios like this in future titles.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. jnms

    First it was books, then it was the radio, then it was rock and roll, then it was movies…now it is games.

    Ignorance never changes.

    Any guesses on what will be blamed next?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    @11 3D TV and cheesecake.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. bagelbaker

    cant they see that modernwarfare uses guns?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. EscoBlades

    What a flaming load of crap!

    #14 4 years ago
  15. NeoSquall

    @8 I hope not, or else Americans would blame DICE and EA because Russians played Bad Company 2

    #15 4 years ago
  16. M2Kx

    This chick @1:30 is hot :>

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    I know who´s guilty!

    #17 4 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    I remember making a sarcastic comment about this … oh humanity, you never fail to … fail.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. DSB

    Hysterical response to terrorist strike in 3…. 2…. Oh, there it is.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. 2EX08

    Why didn’t that word cross anyones mind?
    Besides shouldn’t the media attack the terrorist who caused the act and not activision?

    #20 4 years ago
  21. YoungZer0

    @20: Oh don’t worry, Putin already promised revenge.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. DSB

    @21 So he’s deleting MW2 off his Steam client and boycotting Black Ops?

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Yoshi

    Terrorist: “Ohh lads when we go into this airport I want you to do it just like we practised on Call of Duty. So soon as these doors open, everyone right click your mouse so you can zoom in and then left click so you shoot. Got it? Let’s ROLE!”

    Also see how he was quick to shrug off DVDs? What about Die Hard 2? (think it is) Where the airport is taken over by (I think) Russians. (I haven’t watch it in a while but I know for a fact it gets taken over)

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Jensen6

    this was caused by a suicide bomber NOT by a video game. why do they blame video games every time when something aweful happens? if terrorits really take their objectives from games, they would have done it the same way it can be played in MW2. they shouldn’t look for the next guilty thing that comes to their mind (in this case activision and MW2), they should think logical.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. mojo

    in soviet russia, the airport bombs u.

    11: social networks

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Well-Howdy-Doo

    Can someone show me where the interactive movies are? Is Die Hard 2 one of these? Thanks…

    #26 4 years ago

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