In the wake of the recent gun violence in the US, many are pointing a finger at the country's gun laws and video games as the main source of the problems. According to BBC, Electronic Arts has removed links from the Medal of Honor: Warfighter website that allowed you to buy guns that were featured in the game.
A representative for EA said: “We felt it was inappropriate and took the links down.” While the company has taken down the links, the logos of the gun companies, and the descriptions of the weapons still remain on the website.
Violent video games are being blamed as one of the factors that caused the school shootings in Newton by the US National Rifle Association. “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 at a press conference last week.
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Warfighter has seen a lot of controversy. Back in November, it was revealed that the soldiers who had helped studio Danger Close in making the game had faced disciplinary action.
The soldiers, who are Navy SEALs, have been accused of revealing classified information, as well as breaking the unwritten code of the SEALs that they are supposed to avoid the spotlight.
“A non-judicial punishment hearing was conducted yesterday, Nov. 7 and seven Naval Special Warfare (NSW) personnel faced administrative proceedings. An additional NSW investigation is ongoing to determine if more personnel may be involved,” Polygon was told by the US Department of State in November. “They are being charged with violation of Article 92: Orders violation, misuse of command gear and violation of Article 92: Dereliction of duty, disclosure of classified material. Two Senior Chief Special Operators and five Chief Special Operators received the punishment. They received a punitive letter of reprimand and forfeiture of half-a-month's pay for two months.”
When asked for comment on the situation, EA told Polygon, “We do not know if the veterans who consulted on the game were in contact with the Department of Defense.”
Written by actual US Tier 1 Operators while deployed overseas, Medal of Honor Warfighter attempted to deliver this year’s most authentic military shooter experience inspired by real people, real places and real operations. Medal of Honor Warfighter features genuine international hotspots in the single player campaign and introduces international Tier 1 Operators in multiplayer allowing players to show their national pride online.
One of the biggest features of the multiplayer in Medal of Honor: Warfighter is Fireteams. EA had demonstrated the use of Fireteams in a trailer released back in August. The trailer also shows off more of the multiplayer, which looks like it’ll be filled with explosions all over the maps. The Fireteam system seems to have some things in common with the Battlefield squad system. According to EA, “Your fireteam partner serves as your closest mate on the battlefield. Your fireteam buddy supplies you with ammo and serves as a spawn point, providing a significant strategic advantage.”
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