Sunday, August 22, 2010

Fox Wants to Ban Medal of Honor

Liam Fox, defense secretary in the U.K. (not Fox the U.S. network, though how funny would that be?) wants to ban the new Medal of Honor game for the Taliban portions. If you don't know about it, here's my rant about the game.

"It's shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban. At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands.

"I am disgusted and angry. 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."

A representative from EA responded that the game is merely proposing a viewpoint of two sides, similar to a cops and robbers game. It's just that in this case, one side happens to be the Taliban.

Now here's the real question, because this is a very prominent issue in today's war environment. Is this game really going to be banned? And I don't mean in the obvious countries. I could see this being a potential hot button for big chain family stores such as Walmart and Target to not allow sales of the title due to it's content.

Of course, we need to keep in mind that this is a game. It's not reality. If people are taking this as "our kids are going to become terrorists if they play this game!" just do the world a favor and send yourself to a psychiatrist right now. EA does bring up a valid point that what they're doing is nothing new to the industry. Loads of games, especially first person shooters, provide the good guys and the bad guys point of view. They are merely following the expected pattern.

What's going to happen? Who knows. But I wouldn't be surprised to see a list of countries lining up to ban the game.

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