The author of the bestselling book “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden,” has also apparently shared his insider knowledge of special operations tactics with the video game industry, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The newspaper reports Former Navy SEAL Mark Bissonnette was one of several special ops members who acted as consultants to Electronic Arts, the developer of "Medal of Honor Warfighter."
Electronic Arts touts on YouTube that "Medal of Honor Warfighter" is the "most authentic shooter on the market this year," and for a good reason:
This authenticity is derived from expert consultation with nearly two dozen real world Tier 1 Operators. In this one-of-kind, 10-part Combat Training series, learn the mindset of the most elite warriors on the planet from members of SEAL Team 6 and global Operators from around the world.
Well, just like the book, the info Bissonnette and the other SEALs shared with game developers was supposed to get vetted by the Department of Defense before it was incorporated into a video game. U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Col. Tim Nye told the L.A. Times that didn't happen:
“In general terms, if any of these ... servicemembers signed a nondisclosure agreement, then that agreement would most likely be as binding for an electronic game as it is for a book or movie. Having never played the game, I have no idea if it discloses any classified information or sensitive ... tactics, techniques or procedures.”
EA will release "Medal of Honor Warfighter" to the public on October 23. Do you plan to buy it?