Medal of Honor: Warfighter

EA Drops Links to Weapons Manufacturers on Medal of Honor Website

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:

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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:

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"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."

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  • #1 Sting1279

    So because his nephew was an idiot and brought a BB gun to school, EA shouldn't put links to actual products on the website?  Does the author really think those who are gaming don't know the guns actually exist in real life?  The author is clearly ignorant of weapons by the statement fans can buy real-life "assault weapons".  Rifles available for purchase by a regular citizen without a federal firearms license are semiautomatic, not fully automatic "assault weapons".  I nearly fell out of my chair laughing at "electronic guitar".  Either Mr. Smith doesn't know how to use spell check properly or he's never listened to rock music in his life.  

    Remember Mr. Smith, weapons aren't evil, but people are.  The only blurred line between real life and video games is in your 13 year old cousin's head because his parents obviously didn't bother to teach him weapon safety.  


    Last edited by Sting1279: 8/17/2012 2:04:24 AM
  • #2 NateRios

    I think it's more that the memory of Aurora is so fresh in our minds, where this kid was able to get assault weapons and tactical gear totally within the law. Just a sensitive spot, really. Personally, I agree with you. Artwork shouldn't be contained by the taboos of our society, but it was just a bad marketing decision by EA.

    At the end of the day, it's up to the parents to police their children, even though video games are such an easy scapegoat for bad parents to pawn bad parenting off on.

  • #3 Sting1279

    The Aurora shooter used a semiautomatic rifle, not an assault rifle.  Using incorrect terms is important because it blurs the facts.  Also, he was a mentally disturbed adult, not a kid.  Must be at least age 18 to legally purchase a gun.  

  • #4 NateRios

    He was younger than me, thus I brand him a kid. You're right, of course, he was not under the age of 18 so was a legal adult, but that's just not what I meant. Also, for what it's worth, an assault rifle can be semi-automatic. Semi-auto refers to the firing method of the weapon, not whether or not it is branded as an assault rifles. An assault rifle can fire in multiple firing types; burst, semi-auto, full-auto. 

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