EA Wants Its 'Godfather II' Brass Knuckles Back


Posted April 13, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Brass KnucklesAs you probably know, video game companies often send promotional swag to game reviewers -- maybe a T-shirt, or a life-size suit of armor. To promote the Godfather II, Electronic Arts sent some reviewers a set of promotional brass knuckles. That's a pretty cool piece of swag, I think you will agree. But there's a problem: Brass knuckles are illegal in some states.

A reviewer who works for excellent website Game Politics was sent a set of the knuckles, and found that it's a first-degree misdemeanor in his home state of Pennsylvania to even possess the weapon. Here's the out, though: If the knuckles can be "dealt with...solely as a curio or [for use] in a dramatic performance" than it's okay to have them.

Game Politics contacted EA, and EA said, basically, "Um, guys, send the brass knuckles back, okay?" Specifically:

EA: I hope you're enjoying our Godfather II press kit, including the novelty brass knuckles. To help you take proper care to dispose of the item, we're sending you a pre-paid shipping package. And I can't discuss this any further.

GP: Are you doing this with all of the journalists who received the brass knuckles? Or just me because I wrote about them?

 EA: I can't discuss this any further.

I don't know about you, but I'd be keeping my brass knuckles (had EA sent me a set). Clearly these particular sets of metal knuckles are curios as opposed to weapons, so I doubt they are illegal, and it's not like game reviewers asked for them or anything.

If I were the person at EA who thought of the promotion and/or approved it, I'd probably be tired of getting yelled at by now.


EA Wants Its 'Godfather II' Brass Knuckles Back


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