Medal of “Dishonor”?

Has EA gone too far this time?  Much like the similar controversial mission in Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2, EA puts gamers in the hands of opposing forces in a world-wide conflict.  The drama this time?  Players take the role of Taliban soliders.  After the jump, join us as we see the two opposing forces in yet another media-sparked video game war.  [Yes, I also apologize for the terrible pun.  BAD WRITER!]

Britain Defense Secretary Liam Fox declared the latest Medal of Honor title a “tasteless product” and is calling on all retailers to pull the products in support of the troops.

Fox stated:  “At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands. It’s shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban against British soldiers,” he said in a statement. “It’s hard to believe any citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un-British game. I would urge retailers to show their support for our armed forces and ban this tasteless product.”

While EA was unable to respond to e-mails from the Associated Press, EA spokesperson Amanda Taggart was quoted as saying:

“”We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of us have been doing this since we were seven: someone plays cop, someone must be robber,” the newspaper quoted her as saying. “In Medal of Honor multiplayer, someone’s got to be the Taliban. Nobody who plays video games is going to be shocked or surprised by this.””

Taggart was also quoted as saying that the game “merely reflects the fact that every conflict has two sides.”

Medal of honor will be hitting shelves in the UK on October 15 and North America on October 12th.  Judge for yourself the game’s controversy.


Source:  Associated Press, Via Yahoo News

Image Source:  MOH Official Website

6 thoughts on “Medal of “Dishonor”?”

  1. So, apparently, EA is mocking Britain by letting you kill them IN A GAME? Seriously? Look at No Russian in MW2. Look at RE5. Everyone was talking crap about Infinity Ward and Capcom and was urging a boycott and what happened? The games launched anyway. This is probably gonna be launched anyway in Britain.

    And how is it “thoroughly un-British” anyway? You only play them for one level, multiplayer excluded. He’s simply making a mountain out of an anthill. And besides, the Taliban level lets you witness their heinous actions first-hand, so therefore, it could also serve as propaganda for the war.

  2. Im english, just so’s ya know, so I’d like no slagging us off please, just saying in advance ;P

    But yeah, I mean, it is a touchy subject, but again, it is just a game…

    I can see what he means, but the thing is, if people’s family have been killed by the taliban…surly….you have enough sense not to pick the game up?

    I hate it when one person thinks they can be a spokesperson for a whole country =(

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