‘Medal of Honor’ video game creates heat
LOS ANGELES – The punishment of Navy SEALs who worked on the video game “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” is the latest in a series of misfires for the interactive medium’s popular military shooter genre, which continues to face scrutiny as high-definition graphics become more lifelike and game-makers attempt to create the most authentic experiences possible.
“These games are now trying to portray things and tell stories around current events,” said Casey Lynch, editor-in-chief of the gaming site IGN.com. “When you’re dealing with current topics, there’s a higher level of sensitivity. I think most people would agree there’s not the same level of sensitivity when compared to old World War II or Vietnam War games.”
Navy officials said last week that seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to take down Osama bin Laden, were reprimanded for disclosing classified information to the creators of “Warfighter,” a modern-day, first-person shooter from developer Danger Close Games and publisher Electronic Arts Inc.
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