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The dangers of playing Call of Duty Warcraft on the internets

Significantly, the rapidly growing UK white-nationalist group Patriotic Alternative is actively targeting younger recruits and recently started Call of Duty Warcraft gaming tournaments for its supporters.

This warning comes from an article by Mark Townsend in the Guardian‘s Sunday sister, the Observer, with the title “How far right uses video games and tech to lure and radicalise teenage recruits”.

25 comments to The dangers of playing Call of Duty Warcraft on the internets

  • pete

    I’m sure the Guardian’s liberal columnists and readers can think of a remedy – regulation, monitoring, bans and punishments.

    Their remedy to nearly everything.

  • bobby b

    Oh, good! Gamergate is back!

    Effin’ deplorables . . .

  • bobby b

    I read the entire Guardian article linked above, about the 13-year-old kid sentenced for multiple terroristic acts.

    I was looking to see what he did.

    Turns out his criminality came through possessing information. Not actually doing or saying anything, so far as I can tell. He downloaded some manuals and instructions.

    Oh, and he had anti-Muslim feelings. And a Nazi flag. Which makes him seem more confused than anything else.

    If that’s truly all it takes to be convicted of terrorism over there, those gamers are screwed. They’re virtually killing people!

  • george m weinberg

    Video games teach kids to be Korean supremacists.

  • “Call of Duty Warcraft,” is it? I suppose in the says before computer games such groups had to settle for Checkers Chess tournaments…

  • Steve B

    I’m safe as I only play the equally well known Battlefield of Legends online so should be safe from grooming by Communists. 😄

  • Natalie Solent (Essex)

    This is a very serious problem and I am shocked at the levity of some of your responses. Don’t you realise the harm games like Resident Minecraft are doing?

    Though I must confess that, as seems to be the case for the Observer‘s Mr Townsend, all these “computer games” the young folk play nowadays are a bit of a mystery to me. I’m so old that I was radicalised by Scrabble.

  • William H. Stoddard

    I wonder when they’ll warn against Japanese young people being militarized by the anime series Girls und Panzer . . .

  • Paul Marks

    There is a threat of totalitarianism in this country, and many other countries – but not from Nazis.

    The threat of totalitarianism is from people whom the Observer (and its sister publication the Guardian) support.

    As for British boys and young men – if the traditional ways of being a man are denied to them, then they may (perhaps) look at the Nazi alternative. But who shut down the traditional British ways? Who made even advertisements for joining the armed forces a “Woke Fest”? The left whom the Observer (and so on) support – they did this.

    Young British men are not likely to flock to the banner of the Frankfurt School of Marxism (“taking the knee” and so on) – so LEAVE THEM ALONE, do not drive them to the Nazi “alternative” by constantly attacking and undermining them and their country.

    The left do NOT have to be like this – Karl Marx and Frederick Engels did not spend every day attacking people for being white, male and hetero sexual.

    The Frankfurt School of Marxism is a blind alley – it is not a good road, even for the left themselves.

  • Mr Ed

    This needs to be called out as the (degenerate) Marxist nonsense that it is, but also, we need to engage with these people and ask if children playing Battleship in the mid-1980s might have been infused with anti-Argentine chauvinism and racism as a consequence, and ask them what ought to be done about that now, and see how many take the bait.

    On a more serious note, these people are deranged, utterly deranged, and yet they have have the ear of the British state, and civil servants will note the ‘mood music’ and put proposals to this effect in front of Conservative ministers, who will sign it of with concerned alacrity.

  • “Call of Duty Warcraft”

    😀 Thank goodness our enemies do not have a single clue about the things they opine about.

  • Zerren Yeoville

    The UK has made a specific offence of “possession of information likely to be useful to a terrorist” which, on the face of it, would seem such a wide category as potentially to criminalize such things as Ordnance Survey maps or railway timetables.

    However, despite this, Amazon’s UK site will sell you such volumes as Home Workshop Explosives by Uncle Fester (“Only 3 left in stock – more on the way”), Improvised Weapons of the American Underground and various commercial reprints of the US Army manual Improvised Munitions Handbook.

    Go figure.

  • Sam Duncan

    I blame horror comics and them hooley-hoops. Damn kids. Get off my lawn!

  • Patriotic Alternative, whose adherents include a former activist of proscribed neo-Nazi group National Action, offers teenagers who feel school has failed them a different learning route. Tailored from “early years to key stage 4”, the home-schooling curriculum has a keen emphasis on the Anglo-Saxons and sections on figures such as the Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

    Critics warn that a lack of supervision over home schooling risks youngsters being exposed to extremism.

    How terrifying! Sinister far-right extremists are advancing their cause by teaching innocent children about Alfred the Great and Alfred, Lord Tennyson !!

    Break, break, break,
    On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
    And I would that my tongue could utter
    The thoughts that arise in me.

    – without being arrested for ‘hate speech’, that is. As for …

    O, well for the fisherman’s boy,
    That he shouts with his sister at play!

    I guess it will not be well if he’s discovered playing ‘Call of Duty’.

    Meanwhile, how awful that even younger children may be reading ‘The Namesake’ and ‘The Marsh King’ (by C. Walter Hodges), my own childhood favourite books about Alfred the Great.

    BTW, I wonder if the ‘far-right extremists’ have thought this curriculum through.

    – Alfred beat the Vikings but then – from choice, not necessity – made a generous treaty with them, to begin the process – completed by his son, King of Wessex, and his daughter, ruling Queen of Mercia – of uniting the two ethnicities into England, which C. Walter Hodges’ books describe. Will not this policy of converting and integrating violent immigrants teach questionable (to white supremacists) lessons about ethnic blending, even as it teaches questionable (to the woke) lessons about the desirability of crushing them in battle and converting them to Christianity first?

    – There are more holes than a colander in the usual suspects’ claim that Tennyson’s dead friend (lamented in ‘Break, break, break’) was in fact his homosexual lover – but that would not stop the woke from pushing such (not-so-“far-right”) disinformation as determinedly as they’d topple a statue of Churchill.

  • Matthew

    “Call of Duty Warcraft”

    The Halo edition is the worst. :nods:

    What games are favoured by woke columnists these days?

    Asking for a friend.

  • Michelle

    I guess that organized SA style helot armies like antifa and blm that occur in the real world have no chance of being compared to the hidden army of children playing such games.
    I dabbled in such games when bedridden and very ill and I found no compulsion to extend the aggression to RL although, now that I think of it, perhaps I was amiss as these Guardian/Observer trash dumpers (see “journalists”) certainly do need an education in truth and reality. But shooting them in RL? Who could be bothered? It would be like culling guileless rabbits and dropping to their level of political obscenity.

  • Bulldog Drummond

    Is Call of Duty Warcraft kinda like Table Tennis Rugby?

    😀 😀 😀

  • Simon Jester

    Personally, I prefer Doom GTA. Nothing compares to the joy of jacking a Cyberdemon!

  • Mike Solent

    I think they meant “Call of Duty: Modern warfare”. Yet another case of journalists not reading their sources properly – and in this case the source referenced ( a game review) was from their own paper!

  • Phil B

    @natalie Solent – radicalised by Scrabble? Pah! You lightweight.

    I was irredeemably corrupted and turned into a right wing, heel clicking fascist Nazi by Happy Families and Mr Bun the baker.

    Nowadays Happy Families is definitely beyond the pale and so right wing that it is out of sight so for once I was ahead of the trend. >};o)

  • The last toryboy

    I would say the one individual radicalising the most Nazis in the country is surely Sadiq Khan the culture wrecker.

  • Paul Marks

    Perry – yes there is no such game as “Call of Duty Warcraft”, they are mixing up two different games.

    But the left do not need knowledge – they only need POWER.

    And they have vast amounts of power.

    After all we have a Conservative government – but its policies are largely influenced by Civil Servants and academic “experts” who are dominated by Frankfurt School doctrines.

  • bobby b

    “Thank goodness our enemies do not have a single clue about the things they opine about.”

    If I hear one more person telling me we need to limit the amount of carbon we generate, I’m going to scream.

  • Paul Marks

    bobby b – then you will scream and scream and carry on screaming till you die, or go hopelessly insane. End up a bit like me – that would not be a good thing (I am in the borderlands of insanity – dancing on the edge, and I am not a good dancer).

    They are not going to stop – oil, gas and coal must go, and nuclear power (the rational alternative if people actually wanted to reduce C02 emissions) MOST ALSO GO.

    “But that would mean a 100 million dead in the United States”

    Yes they know that – it does not bother them.

    Think about that – or rather do not think about what they intend, as it is not pleasant.

    Of course by “carbon” – you may be pointing out that some of them say “carbon” when they mean carbon dioxide.

    Humans are based on carbon – so “get rid of carbon” may be a Freudian slip.

  • bobby b

    “Of course by “carbon” – you may be pointing out that some of them say “carbon” when they mean carbon dioxide.”

    That was it.

    Great joke I heard recently: “Johnny said it was so cold, it was absolute zero. I said, that’s 0 K.”

    If you don’t immediately get that joke, you have no business discussing “global warming.”

    But, still, they persist.