medal of honor

Video game company EA distances ‘Medal of Honor: Warfighter’ from gun manufacturers

by Max Slowik ,  |  published on January 4, 2013

In a small but notable way, Electronic Arts, a major video game producer and publisher, has tried to put a little distance between themselves and gun makers, by removing links from their recent title’s website, “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” to various gun companies.

Electronic Arts licenses the likeness rights to put real-world guns into their video games, and has developed partnerships with many major small arms manufacturers, the same companies that supply our military with its firepower. Also U.S. Navy SEALs were tapped to supply the developers with details about special forces’ work. They were even a bit too realistic and quickly disciplined for revealing military secrets.

These genuinely-reproduced video game guns add a level of realism to the titles, part of what makes them so popular in the first place. Electronic Arts has received criticism from vocal anti-video game people, and acquiesced to their demands to remove their links to the gun companies’ websites.

These links went to manufacturer websites, permitting video game enthusiasm and firearm enthusiasm to meet. Some outlets have reported that these websites were selling guns to gamers directly, which was not the case.

This is, of course, a response to the Sandy Hook shooting, where a Bushmaster AR-15 carbine was used. Given some similarities to the guns used in “Warfighter” and other video games, people have been quick to accuse these games’ makers for the recent tragedy, as being a precursor and catalyst for this and other violence.

Following the shooting at Sandy Hook, the video game industry was forced into the national spotlight once again, along with other forms of media, including movies and even music videos.

Despite outcry from these anti-video game groups and other critics including the NRA, there is a large amount of opposition to the idea that video games incite violence, let alone murderous behavior.

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