EA kills Medal of Honour arms deal
Charitable promo shot down
EA has ceased the promotion of its charity fundraiser 'Project Honor', after public outcry over its decision to advocate the sale of actual weapons featured in the game Medal of Honour. All for a good cause, you understand, right?
The publisher joined forces with a number of weapons manufacturers this year for the launch of Project Honor, an initiative intended to "benefit the families of fallen special operations warriors".
Various "esteemed" arms makers not only had their weaponry featured in the game, but agreed to produce exclusive Medal of Honour-themed merchandise, with all proceeds from sales heading to various war-related charities.
Beyond the gaming community, voices were inevitably raised questioning the morals of a producer of violent videogames teaming up to flog branded armament maker merchandise to the very people that play them.
Following numerous complaints, EA has removed all links and advertising regarding Project Honor from the game's website, which had last week promoted the sale of a 'Voodoo Hawk' tomahawk.
Despite understanding concerns, the publisher continued to defend its charitable project.
"We've been working with those partners because we wanted to be authentic, and we wanted to give back to the communities." said EA's Greg Goodrich in an interview with Eurogamer.
"Every one of those partners, none of them paid a dime for product placement – all the money generated went to Project Honor."
The executive producer went on to claim the publisher's videogames were experiences rather than teaching tools and insisted there was no connection between violent videogames and real-life outbursts.
"If I played Need for Speed, and I'm handed the key to a Porsche, does that make me want to get in it and drive like a maniac and run people over? No."
Earlier this year, studies showed gamers who play shooting games have improved accuracy when firing a weapon in real life. Hmmm. ®
Ok, not necessarily in the best taste ever...
... but if I go out and buy a replica sword that I've seen in a movie, I'm not really going to go out and start carving people up with it, am I?
This looks more like some media bandwagon silly season "outrage" story.
Don't see a problem. So people are to assume that in real life guns and weapons don't exist? If someone is going to buy one of these things they will, regardless of whether EA are "promoting" them. Which they aren't.
To buy one you still have to comply with the laws regarding firearms/knives etc in you country whether they're Medal Of Honour specials or not.
Whatever your moral/political views this benefitted the families of people who have lost their lives doing something that the majority wouldn't dare to do. What is wrong with that? It seems sense that sales of weapons should be used like this.
Re: Hanlon's Razor
Whatever; he clearly has no soul.
I know that after 6 hours of playing Carmageddon pedestrians all start looking like points to me.
Re: Off topic observation
The observation was that playing a shooting game makes some people better shots with a real gun, not that being a good shot with a real gun makes people any better at shooting games, or indeed that being bad at shooting games makes you a bad shot with a real gun. So (a) it wasn't a rule, and (b) even if it was, you're not an exception to it.
Gonna stop being cheeky now since you're a good shot with a rifle :-)
Oh, this is priceless. Well done, EA. Well done.