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EA wants Godfather II brass knuckles chotchkies back


For a game that's isn't scoring well in reviews, the recent release of the crime action game The Godfather II is gaining more press from its media kit than the game itself. As we reported a few days ago publisher Electronic Arts sent a number of media outlets a Godfather II press kit that included a very real set of brass knuckles, something that's illegal to own in a number of states.

Now several of those media outlets, including Kotaku, Game Politics and our sister site Joystiq, have been asked politely by EA to ship back the brass knuckles portion of the media kit. EA has declined to comment on the matter further. However, as Kotaku points out, even shipping something like brass knuckles is a crime. Something tells us whomever thought of shipping this item isn't going to win the Best Chotchkie Award at next year's MI6 Conference.

EA sending out "offensive weapons" in Godfather II media pack?

Electronic Arts ships out their organized crime action sequel The Godfather II to stores today but apparently the publisher could be sending out an illegal item in their media pack that are sent to certain journalists. The kit contains a number of items including a set of real brass knuckles.

So what? Well, Game Politics points out that metal knuckles are considered to be an "offensive weapon" at least in the state of Pennsylvania and therefore illegal to possess. However, there is a loophole in the law that allows possession of such items "solely as a curio or in a dramatic performance." Having brass knuckles in a swag media packet to help promote a game would seem to fall under the "curio" definition.
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