Black Hawk Online Games:Norway terrorist admits to online game addiction-- insanejournal コンピュータ・インターネット

Self-confessed terrorist Anders Behring Breivik has been found to be addicted to computer games (spending thousands of hours playing war games) years prior to his bombing and killing on July 22.

Authorities have discovered computer logs that show Breivik has spent 8,700 hours playing war games from 2006 to 2010. In fact, records show that he played 500 hours of World of Warcraft between November 2010-April 2011 alone. Aside from playing WoW, Breivik was also into Elder Scrolls, Modern Warfare, Warhammer and Dragon Age. According to him, he spent all his time playing in the months prior to his July 22 attacks.

Breivik started playing WoW in 2006 and authorities are inclined to believe that he played the game for up to 12 hours per day in a 2-year period. It should also be noted that he used terms from the game in the ‘manifesto’ he wrote. According to Breivik, playing war games was only to hide his terrorist plans. He added that he devoted almost one year in playing games to reward himself.

Now, police are trying to investigate if Breivik has been in touch with other gamers or if he belongs to a player group through obtaining information from game manufacturers. This is because certain information show that he has been logged onto 2 computer units at the same time — Breivik might have paid others to play on behalf of him.

WoW is the most popular role-playing game in the world, boasting of over 10 million registered users (70,000 of which are in Norway). People are now anxious to know what possible factors could have affected Breivik and twisted his mindset because experts have already warned of the possible damaging effects from spending much time on playing computer games.

On Friday, the court ordered that Breivik be placed under psychiatric observation to know his mental state prior to the start of trials.

During the last part of 2011, an initial test by 2 psychiatrists reached a conclusion that Breivik is schizophrenic, which, when taken into legal context, means that he is insane. However, due to widespread outcry defying that conclusion, the court has scheduled a new assessment.

Two experts appointed by the court are set to reach a conclusion on April 10, before the trial begins on the 16th. This means that they will need to work in the prison to observe Breivik’s behavior throughout the day.

On July 22, Breivik set off a car bomb outside a building in Oslo that killed 8 and then proceeded to Utoeya island where he disguised himself as a policeman and killed 69 people attending a summer camp. He keeps on claiming that he has done all that for the sake of ‘their’ crusade against the ‘Muslim invasion’ in Europe.

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