American developer, marketer, publisher and distributor of video games Electronic Arts (EA) has removed links to browse and buy real weapons from its popular war-based video game, Medal of Honor, in wake of the school shootings in Newton.
The move follows pressure from groups suggesting that video games hold some responsibility for inciting real-world violence. A spokesperson for EA confirmed it had felt it was "inappropriate" at this time and has since taken "the links down".
Video games makers like EA have come under increasing pressure since the Newton shootings and have been criticised by influential US lobby group the National Rifle Association. Speaking at a press conference last week NRA vice president, Wayne LaPierre, said: "There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people."
Medal of Honor's website, however, is still displaying company logos, descriptions of the weapons, and news updates on the latest title discusses "partnerships" with weapons manufactures.