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Medal of Honor Firearms Links Deemed Inappropriate

Posted December 28, 2012 by Esteban Cuevas in News

Due to the recent school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Electronic Arts has removed links on its website meant to promote weapons manufacturers whose guns were featured in Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Violent video games have been under a lot of scrutiny recently, as is often the case when a national tragedy occurs, and EA as a response has seemingly canceled its promotional arrangements.

A report on the New York Time detailed the marketing partnership between EA and gun manufacturers the McMillan Group and Magpul, which makes sniper rifles and high-capacity magazines, respectively. The Medal of Honor: Warfighter partners site has left the logos for the brands displayed; however, the links to the online catalogs themselves have been removed. “We felt it was inappropriate and took the links down,” said EA representative Jeff Brown.

In a separate statement, EA compared the arrangement to film producers, saying publishers “frequently license the images of people, sports franchises, buildings, cars, and military equipment,” but did not receive payments for using the brands.

What are your thoughts on this development? Is it not that much of an issue or is it pointless appeasement to those who blame video games for the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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