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In the press and marketing for its military FPS Medal of Honor, Electronic Arts stressed that it was going for authenticity by consulting with active military personnel. Now, seven of the Navy SEALs that consulted with EA on the game are being disciplined by the military for revealing secrets.
CBS News is reporting that members of SEAL Team Six -- one of whom participated in the killing of notorious terrorist Osama Bin Laden -- will face disciplinary action for the revealing confidential information in during their time consulting on the game. The SEALs were paid for the work by Electronic Arts.
In addition, four members of SEAL Team Six who have moved to other parts of the military since working on Medal of Honor are under investigation. All the SEALs supposedly revealed classified information given to them by the Navy to EA.
According to the report, the seven who have been disciplined received "letters of reprimand" and had half of their pay docked for two months. Apparently, letters of reprimand have a cost to a military career, and have a negative impact on a SEAL's chances for further promotion within the Navy.
Source: CBS News via Kotaku
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Geez. So lame. What secrets could they have told? Are they saying that some of the game's story is real?
I hardly think they could have released terribly classified material to EA, but then again- classified is classified...
Would they not have consulted with their superiors before telling EA anything? That would just seem the logical thing to do first, since so much of what they do is classified...
This is just ridiculous.
Seriously what did they violate? Terrific fall back spawning techniques? Gun animations that work 100% of the time? How to magically see the foe outlined in red that killed your fire team buddy? Seriously who brought these charges against these men? The game doesn't even work. WOW!
thats kinda harsh, I mean they most likely mainly discussed things for the game that most likely already happened to them or things like that, yet there being punished as if they revealed the secret entrances to the white house. and also, whats EA going to do with this information? there not some secret terrorist core, their just money hungry publishers, just like the government. And wether they actually did give away really secret information or not, EA should at least try to help them out. I think the worst part for the soldiers must be that they did all that work and risked their careers to help make the game, and the game turned out to be a turd
This is such bull. Especially over such a terrible game.
LOL it wasn't even worth the giving of info, Warfighter sucks!
Its funny 'cause they game was a disgrace anyway.
In later news the whole world buys Medal of Honor in plans to take over the USA. That is all.
I doubt that a massive terrorist attack will happen because of the "secret and confidential" information in this game. It's pathetic and I feel really sorry for the SEALs who are involved.
Oh gosh. Nothing important, I hope. But then it's probably unfair to the SEALS who are punished.
Oh wow! The military screwed up yet again! Shocking!
"Thank you for serving my country and defending my rights"
That's BS, most of the people in the military don't do a single thing but waste tax-payers dollars. Take their overseas bases for example. Good luck finding a job over there if you're a civilian; unless you are a military spouse, dependent, or sucking someone's d**k in the military, you're not getting any kind of job there. Applies to bases in good ol' 'Murica as well. There needs to be major cutbacks in the military, it is ALMOST a complete waste.
Not to mention tons of people in good ol' 'Murica love to kiss their a**es and bow down to the "Veterans" who "served this great nation" by sitting in the fast food courts and watching ESPN on their burning piles of money called Military Bases.
Good job Navy Seals. You told game developers things so they could make a better game. I am sorry you had to serve such a corrupt and stupid country.
Don't worry, they'll get promoted. Long as they know people, they're just fine, and "screw everyone else". Good luck getting a job after you drop out of the Navy; employers will be licking your boots because of your "Veteran" status and how you "served this great nation".