UK Defense Secretary Calls For Retailers To Ban Upcoming Medal Of Honor Game

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You would think that UK Defense Secretary, Liam Fox, would have more important things to concern himself with than an upcoming video game release, but apparently he’s calling for retailers not to sell the upcoming release in EA’s Medal of Honor video game series. His complaint is that, in multiplayer mode, some players can play the role of Taliban soldiers. The game seeks to recreate the ongoing war in Afghanistan in a realistic manner. It’s difficult to see how you could create a realistic game that doesn’t include Taliban soldiers. It’s not as if kids are going to play this game and suddenly think that it makes sense to join the Taliban…

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Xanius says:

Political Grandstanding at it's finest.

The real message is that it’s an election year for the UK and the US and the politicians have to make some grand political show that means absolutely nothing.

In the US they’re up in arms to try and appear sympathetic. In the UK they just had the election in May so they have to make a show of being different than the old guys.

Nobody cared about MW2 when it came out and you play as Russians and who I am assuming to be the Taliban since you are a terrorist from Afghanistan.

After the release date, as long as EA doesn’t back down this entire thing will blow over until some douchebag lawyer tries to bring it in to defense of an asshole that shoots a serviceman/woman.

PaulT (profile) says:

“they have to make a show of being different than the old guys”

For most things they’ve done, I’d agree, but this is just the same old crap again. This sort of thing happens for every major release that gets noticed by the mainstream (as per Manhunt 2, Modern Warfare 2, GTA4, etc. before it) and almost never becomes anything other than grandstanding.

It will blow over, just as every manufactured controversy over movies, TV, “video nasties”, etc. eventually did. I’m sure EA will be glad of the free publicity in the meantime.

“Nobody cared about MW2 when it came out”

Heh, didn’t read the UK tabloids, did you?

HuwOS (profile) says:

Re: It's sometimes a politician's job to say stupid things

Maybe he is worried that the Taliban with their known love of western style entertainment, will play the game and learn from a game the methods and capabilities of the western forces lots of info that they don’t have from taking them on in real life.

Does no one, seriously, have any issues with making a game of an actual current conflict.
When kids are playing cowboys and indians they aren’t relating the game to actual people.
When we play games with Nazis or Soviets as the enemy, well they aren’t actually around anymore, there isn’t a real conflict now.
This is a real thing, really happening, to hell with the fact that you can play the opposing side is it not wrong to be making a game out of this in the first place.
Is it not at the very least distasteful, disrespectful of people’s lives and tacky in the extreme.

Richard (profile) says:

Re: Re: It's sometimes a politician's job to say stupid things

So… games aren’t allowed to use current events as source material? There has to be some kind of time gap before they’re allowed to use it? Do you apply the same restrictions to books, movies and TV as well? At that point, why not just put in blanket censorship on all current events? Or are you just hypocritical?

Anonymous Coward says:

I’d rather see a game where I have to kick St Peters ass to get out of heaven. Lets see that game. Heaven with it’s walls and gates sounds like a prison. Lets play that. Kicking the shit out of Angels. Yea. Or maybe a game like Left Behind. Of course outright censorship is not allowed in old socialist Britain so the politicians are never happy.

Anonymous Coward says:

id say the game is a reflection of current gamer culture. the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been going on for quite a few years now and young people will have grown up with that. Not only that but the US military and to some extent the UK military regularly try to coax young gamers into the army through the use of both games (America’s Army game) and through adverts on sites that gamers use.
With news media’s coverage of the conflict as being war porn at best with ever more gory images appearing on TV screens at earlier times of the day, with all the above points is it really a wonder why there would be a demand for such a game that a company would want to satiate.

Richard (profile) says:

As people have mentioned, when you play cops and robbers, someone has to be the robber. The option available here would be to use the Americas Army trick, where no matter which side of the multi-player game you were playing, you were an American soldier, fighting against terrorists. The people you were playing against saw themselves as American soldiers too, but you saw them as terrorists. However I think most people saw this for what it was, propaganda. Which is fine, as the game was developed for and by the American armed forces. Games have for a long time let people play as “the bad guy”. Usually playing as the bad guy is harder, but not always, especially in multi-player situations where you want to have 2 people competing in an even and fair manner.

scottM (profile) says:

For gamers, whatever is the setting of the latest game, it doesn’t matter, as long as its better than the previous release. Every gamer loves something new when it comes to online gaming. The popular video game series “Medal of Honor” has become a target of derision because of the latest installment. Previous entries in the video gaming series took place in World War II. The newest version is set in the present war in Afghanistan. In multi-player mode, gamers can be either coalition forces (United States of America, U.K., etc.) or the Taliban in “Medal of Honor 2010.” The British
Secretary of Defense thinks the game should be banned.

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