'Call of Duty' and Mass Murders: Are Video Games Too Violent? Sam Perez Call of Duty and Mass Murders Are Video Games Too Violent Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man currently on trial for the terrorist attack that resulted in the death of 77 people on July 22, 2011, in Norway, admitted to playing violent video games like Modern Warfare to plan for the killings. Predictively, the media has overemphasized the impact violent video games had on Breiviks behavior before his attack, using it as a scapegoat for many other issues that lead to the heinous attack. Video games, movies, TV shows, and music are mediums used for casual entertainment. Yet, one has to wonder why video games are commonly attributed to violence, even when they are only tangentially related to a case of violence. One major reason why video games are commonly attributed to violence in comparison to cinema is age: Video games are one of the youngest mediums to surface in the consciousness of the modern mainstream public. New forms of artistic expression and new technological advances often come under attack from skeptics, who may attribute a perceived rise in societal ills to the new style or advance. (excerpt) Read more at: 'Call of Duty' and Mass Murders: Are Video Games Too Violent?