Michael B. Duff

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EA removes ‘Taliban mode’ from Medal of Honor

EA has changed the name of “Taliban mode” in its Medal of Honor game after receiving complaints from military families. Their apology seems particularly eloquent and sincere:

We have also received feedback from friends and families of fallen soldiers who have expressed concern over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of our game. This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team. This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. …
While this change should not directly affect gamers, as it does not fundamentally alter the gameplay, we are making this change for the men and women serving in the military and for the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. This franchise will never willfully disrespect, intentionally or otherwise, your memory and service.

You can still play the enemy in multiplayer. They’re just called “Opposing Force” instead.

Note that in previous games you could play the Japanese or the Viet Cong and no one complained.

That brings up an interesting question. Is it simply wrong to play the enemy in a game based on a current ongoing war? Should game companies limit the ability to play Japanese and Viet Cong forces as well?

If game companies stopped including Nazis, the entire industry would collapse.

Do you agree with EA’s decision here? Where should we draw the line?

Written by Michael B. Duff

October 1, 2010 at 14:20

Posted in Games

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