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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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The President leaks information to help boost his campaign... So why is this even a discussion or an issue? Being prior military, I really support this game and what it represents. Even better, a percentage of what they make off the game goes back to military families who have lost loved ones in combat. They did a great thing, and supported a great cause. Not just to take part in a military FPS, but to boost recruiting numbers for the military (lets not forget that), and to also take time out of their day to help with a very large donation back towards the military. This is a joke, and I hope that there is someone who steps in a recognizes that. Good on them for what they did, I enjoyed the game very much. And I really wish them luck with this issue.
I am prior military (not navy) but LOR's get pulled after re-ups. This is just a slap on the wrist. If the military wanted to really punish anyone, they'd start court martialing. Still, it does seem a bit BSy, but that is a big part of military life.
The comments amuse me. The amount of jimmies rustled and butthurt in here is massive.
wonder how much in the game is 'secret information' and would anyone know it except for those who lived it and ordered it?
it sounds like a very light reprimanding, wonder how the seal that wrote the book got punished.
yes, there are protocols and those who break protocol should get disciplined in some way.
guess any other military personnel will have to go up the chain of command to get permission before accepting any freelance work that involve their expertise in their military job.
Ridiculous, so when the President uses similar classified info with major news networks, and hollywood to boost his popularity rating it's ok. But when a few grunts do what they have already been ordered to do for free, for money its over the top? The dysfunction starts at the top, need to lead by example and stuff like this wouldn't happen.
Wow. What has America come to.
WOW it sucks for them but I'm willing to bet Medal of Honor is going to be the game to get, so their input won't go in vain. Unless the Navy takes this first.
I love authenticity as much as the next guy in my military FPS games, but certainly not at the risk of our SEALS jeopardizing their careers or our military's classified information. If they gave away mission details that EA used as inspiration for their story, fine, but if they gave away mission specifics, like methodology, equipment, technique; then yeah, cut their pay and censure them. The last thing we need is for our military to be handing over all their cards. When Seal Team Six is writing books and consulting on games and movies, maybe it's time that DOD needs to step in.
And the game wasn't any good... that makes it much worse
What exactly did they reveal. I mean revealing training tactics is one things but how to properly move your body or the way it should look when you reload is another. I really hope they were thinking hard before they talked.