"Deadly...Terrorists" are now using Xbox Live in order to not only plan attacks but also to avoid being overheard by authorities, as claimed by a UK newspaper.
Which games are frequented by real life jihadists though? According to the report by red top rag The Sun, it includes several iterations of the Call of Duty franchise, Halo and its sequels, Medal of Honour and several others. Apparently the reason is that Xbox Live isn't monitored by the authorities and the shooters can give would be terrorists some basic training as well.
The claims by the authors of the piece, David Willets and Tom Wells, continue to describe the games in vague, fantastical terms that make it sound as if people don't understand what games are. In discussing the types of games used by "criminals and terrorists," they claim that they: "choose incredibly realistic 'first person games' where the controller works through a complex simulation of war scenarios, carrying out missions and battling enemy fighters." When they say controller, do they mean player?
A bit of missed information by the piece as well is the fact that Call of Duty and similar shooter titles feature an 18 certificate. The second bullet pointed byline reads "Kids' fave keeps their plots secret," and the article contains a picture of a child playing a blurred out game of some sort. While of course some parents allow their children to play games below the age rating, this is still not something a child can play without at least a little difficulty.
Most of the commenters on the site denounce the article and its attention grabbing headline, with one succinctly putting it "OH NO THEY ARE COMMUNICATING WITH EACH OTHER IN PRIVATE! Would you be shocked if they used instant messenger or phone calls or face to face? Get real."