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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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Unrealistic + extremist = NRA
By Armageddonite on 12/28/2012 9:24:26 AM , Rating: 2
Violence in media is a symptom of a violent society, not an underlying cause. It may contribute to some degree in cases where individuals are already predisposed to violence, but it doesn't have anywhere near as much effect as say...growing up in a gun-crazy hyperconservative community. I can say this, having several relatives who went that path, some of whom now live in their own militant isolationist households in the northwest US. These are people who hardly ever watched TV and never played video games.

By Armageddonite on 12/28/2012 9:31:38 AM , Rating: 2
..and I should probably add, almost all are staunch NRA members and supporters

RE: Unrealistic + extremist = NRA
By MZperX on 1/2/2013 12:33:36 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, because all the NRA does is advocate for crime and violence. Do you remember those NRA pamphlets about various carjacking techniques, and how to hold up banks, and how to walk up to total strangers and smash their face into the concrete, and how to throw molotov cocktails at marching bands... Oh, wait me neither.

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