Russia Today, a state sponsored satellite channel, has broadcast a report that mixes scenes from yesterday’s deadly suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport with footage of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s controversial “No Russian” level wherein the player joins Russian ultranationalists in an airport massacre.
In a written report, Russia Today said, “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.”
Russia Today’s report, which emphasised that Modern Warfare 2 was made by Americans, included an interview with a Fox News terrorism analyst named Walid Phares who suggested that terrorists might be using games like the Activision blockbuster 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,” said Phares (via The New York Times).
35 were killed and 110 injured in yesterday’s attack.