Pay attention Daily Mail – this is how you troll the games industry.
In what can only be described as a remarkably stupid cover story in today’s issue of The Sun, the Murdock daily has sensationally claimed that Call of Duty is being used by terrorist to plot attacks.
“Islamic extremists know cops monitor phone calls, emails and online messages,” the piece reads. “So they are turning to PlayStation and Xbox games to keep their deadly plans secret.
“Gamers can log on in groups to play against each other and — crucially — to chat in private. Once signed in to a ‘lobby’ using a password, plotters put on Bluetooth headsets and speak securely to conspirators on the same site.”
Along with Call of Duty, both Halo and Medal of Honor are also earmarked as tools of doom.
Sources all over the world are now running in fear of the terrorists, who could very easily be your next door neighbour. OR YOUR MUM.
"It's a terrifying reality,” a quivering source told The Sun from behind the protection of no less than three cushions from the sofa. “These people waste no time finding a secure method of chatting.
"They are logging into group games over the internet and discussing terror plots. Security people know about it. For millions who love these games this will be a huge shock.”
That it is, The Sun. We’ve very shocked.
The horror doesn’t finish there, though, as “there has even been evidence would-be jihadists treat war games as training tools, a bit like a pilot might use a flight simulator”.
The story offers lots more insight but we’re off to flee from the terrorists.
UPDATE: As spotted by @tabloidwatch, The Daily Mail has now been decent enough to cover The Sun's story too. That's a relief.