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Recent shootings were the cause for removing the links

Electronic Arts, better known as EA, has pulled the links to real weapon sales sites from its "Medal of Honor" Web page. EA's "Medal of Honor" site has traditionally partnered with weapons companies, since the game features these real weapons available for purchase.

The reason behind this is pretty obvious if you've heard about recent shootings in the U.S. The most recent occurred in a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school where 26 children and school staff were killed by gunfire. Before that, a man shot and killed many people in an Aurora, Colorado theater.

Due to these recent tragedies, the National Rifle Association pointed the finger at movies and video games for adding to the culture of violence in the U.S.

"There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people," said NRA vice president Wayne LaPierre.

"Medal of Honor" was originally published by EA Games in 1999, where much of the series takes place in World War II. The newer versions mainly focus on modern warfare.

Back in 2010, the "Medal of Honor" was banned from the military due to multiplayer Taliban characters featured in the game. Just last month, seven Navy SEALs were charged and punished for releasing confidential information to EA during the making of "Medal of Honor: Warfighter." The seven Navy SEALs consist of two Senior Chief Special Operators and five Chief Special Operators, which all received letters of reprimand and a cut of half their pay for two months.

Sources: BBC News, SeattlePI



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(...sigh)
By just4U on 12/27/2012 1:01:15 PM , Rating: 2
I would think that with opponents claiming it's video games and such that are causing violent behavior it would have been a very poor move on EA's part to even have such links (ever..) on their web site.

What were they thinking?




RE: (...sigh)
By integr8d on 12/27/2012 1:25:36 PM , Rating: 3
At one point, EA probably thought it would be cool to do this. Then someone from the PR department had an epiphany, "What happens if a whacko pulls another Sandy Hook and the police find our game in his house? What happens if he left the game on, with the address of the gun store on the tv (we'll assume it's a tv, because any sane person would be playing on PC) and there's a receipt next to his game controller for the gun he just bought there?"

It has nothing to do with corporate responsibility. It has to do with minimizing liability.


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