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The Sun says 'fanatics' use COD to plot terrorist attacks

9:30 AM on 03.20.2012 // Jim Sterling

It's been a while since a British "newspaper" attempted to whip the public up into a hysterical game-flavored frenzy, but the latest mess from The Sun provides a real winner. According to some remedial fantasist over there, budding terrorists are using Call of Duty to plan future attacks. 

This was all exposed in an "exclusive" article that seems completely made up, given the lack of any concrete proof. 

"Islamic extremists know cops monitor phone calls, emails and online messages. So they are turning to PlayStation and Xbox games to keep their deadly plans secret," warns the nation's favorite comic book. "... There has even been evidence would-be jihadists treat war games as training tools, a bit like a pilot might use a flight simulator.

"... With the soaring popularity of the games, there are now fears they are being used by increasing numbers of criminals and terrorists ... The terrorists choose incredibly realistic 'first person games' where the controller works through a complex simulation of war scenarios, carrying out missions and battling enemy fighters."

I can't wait to see an attempted terror attack from a group who trained using Call of Duty. They'll get absolutely massacred, all the while wondering why their perks aren't working in real life. Seriously, I have to wonder whether the Sun actually believes these ludicrous scenarios it attempts to portray. 

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