Electronic Arts has been in hot water recently, due to some articles and links that were leading Medal of Honor: Warfighter fans to sites that offered purchase of real-life assault weapons and tactical gear. In an effort to showcase the authenticity that Medal of Honor: Warfighter boasts, Electronic Arts teamed up with real-life weapons and gear manufacturers to show that the weapons in-game were inspired by weapons in real life.
The unfortunate thing, however, is that in teaming up with these manufacturers, EA blurred the line between video games and real life. With the horrific tragedy of Aurora, Colorado fresh in the public's minds, this seemed like too far a stretch for a video game to make.
Ryan Smith, of The Gameological Society, said:
But try telling that to my 13-year-old nephew, who got kicked out of school after getting caught with a semi-automatic BB gun in his backpack. It’s not a coincidence that the gun resembles his favorite weapon from Modern Warfare 3. Call Of Duty has fostered an obsession with all things guns and military for him. He can rattle off obscure details about the clip size and firing range of assault rifles, and he says he wants to serve as a Navy SEAL after graduating high school.
Responding to the backlash, Electronic Arts has removed the links and content from Medal of Honor: Warfighters official website, with EA's Greg Goodrich stating:
"That was an effort to raise a lot of money for charity, and we were well on our way to raising a lot of money with that tomahawk, but I don't know what will happen with that now. That whole effort, we've been working with those partners because we wanted to be authentic, and we wanted to give back to the communities. Every one of those partners, none of them paid a dime for product placement - all the money generated went to Project Honor."
For more on Medal of Honor: Warfighter, check out http://www.medalofhonor.com/.