EA Asks Journalists: Please Give Us Back Our Illegal Weapons
Recently [Register or Login to view links] expressed its consternation towards EA's Godfather II 'swag kit' containing Brass Knuckles.
The publisher then began a flurry of hush-hush phone calls to arrange the return of the weapons. EA [Register or Login to view links] beyond expressing a desire to assist journalists in proper disposal of the items.
To quote: The game in question: Godfather II, a Grand Theft Auto-style adventure based on the famous movie. The offending item: a set of brass knuckles, mailed to video games journalists together with other goodies including a cigar, a silk handkerchief, and a book of matches.
But while it nicely complements the game's mafiosi theme, it also had the unfortunate side-effect of turning recipients of the mailing into criminals, as mere possession of brass knuckles is illegal in many states and can carry hefty penalties.