EA Remove Sale Ads of Medal of Honor ‘Weapons for Charity’ Due to Backlash

In a bizarre move for a good cause, EA were selling weapons for a ‘Project Honor’ charity which was created to “benefit the families of fallen Special Operations Warriors,” by selling weapons that will feature in Medal of Honor off the game’s site.

This obviously caused quite a stir and  sparked off a backlash of editorials on gaming websites, insinuating that EA was connecting video games with real life by putting actual weapons in gamer’s hands. Gaming sites also asked why EA didn’t just donate a portion of the game’s profit to the worthy cause.

EA has now responded to the controversy by removing all the ‘Project Honor’ promotions from the game’s website.

EA executive producer, Greg Goodrich told Eurogamer [as cited by CVG] that “the Voodoo Tomahawk has since been removed from our website because of the [Eurogamer] article.”

He did however defended the promotion by pointing out that it was an “effort to raise a lot of money for charity.”

“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.”

Goodrich explained that games are for entertainment and not a teaching tool, claiming if he played Need for Speed and he was handed the key to a Porsche, this doesn’t mean that he would then want to get in it and “drive like a maniac and run people over.”

 

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