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Fox Medal of Honor comments are “personal view,” says Government

Monday, 23rd August 2010 09:37 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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The British Government has distanced itself from comments made by defence secretary Liam Fox, which asked UK retailers not to stock EA’s Medal of Honor, calling the game – which is set in the ongoing Afghanistan conflict – “shocking”.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport pushed the comments into the unofficial space this morning.

“Dr Fox was expressing a personal view and we understand why some people might find the subject matter of the game offensive,” said the department in a statement to GamesIndustry.

“Personal view”

Fox blasted the game last night, saying it shouldn’t be sold.

“It’s shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban,” said the politician.

“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.”

The game allows you to play as the Taliban in multiplayer.

EA responded, speaking to the Sunday Times: “The format of the new Medal of Honor game merely reflects the fact that every conflict has two sides.

“We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of us have been doing this since we were seven: someone plays the cop, someone must be robber.

“In Medal of Honor multiplayer, someone’s got to be the Taliban.”

“Inaccuracies”

The publisher has further pushed back against the story this morning, claiming the Sunday Times’s report was incorrect in that British soldiers don’t feature in the game at all.

“Medal of Honor is an 18-rated highly authentic depiction of the soldier’s experience in Afghanistan – matching US forces against the Taliban in today’s war,” an EA spokesperson told VG247.

“Multiplayer combat is a long-standing, common and popular feature of video games. In multi-player, teams assume the identities of combatants on both sides of the conflict. Many popular videogames allow players to assume the identity of enemies including Nazis and terrorists. In the multi-player levels of Medal of Honor, teams will assume the identity of both US forces and the Taliban.

“The Sunday Times and other media stories on Medal of Honor contain inaccuracies. For one, Medal of Honor does not allow players to kill British soldiers. British troops do not feature in the game.”

“Clear choice”

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport added that systems were already in place to monitor games content in the UK.

“There is a ratings system in place which exists to categorise games appropriately, in this case the game in question is rated 18 so should only be sold to, and played by, adults.

“There is a clear choice for consumers which they can exercise when making decisions about purchasing videogames.”

“Daily sacrifices”

Initial signs from retail indicate that, very obviously, this entire affair will be tomorrow’s chip paper.

“ShopTo fully supports and commends the bravery of the British Soldiers fighting in all conflict areas, including Afghanistan and would never condone anything that disrespected the daily sacrifices they provide to the British people,” ShopTo PR and marketing manager Phil Driver told MCV.

“As a retailer ShopTo.net follows all official government policy regarding the sale of video games. In the case of of Medal of Honor no other government decision has been made other than its PEGI classification of 18, which we have on the game. Should a ban be introduced based on a government decision we will of course stop the selling the game.

“Whilst we are aware that Defence Secretary Fox has a grievance that we understand, we have received no other similar feedback from our customers. The Medal Of Honor series is exceptionally popular amongst gamers and as stated in a response by EA, which we agree with, has always had teams of opposing forces in its content.”

“Hard little fuckers”

Hank Keirsey, a US military advisor with 24 years experience, added his tuppence, saying the media was incorrectly linking the Taliban with al-Qaeda.

“Those are hard little fuckers,” Keirsey told Eurogamer of the Taliban.

“From a soldier perspective, I gotta admire certain qualities in those guys. They’re not fighting for Al-Qaeda. Maybe one or two of them is. Most of them are fighting ‘cos they’ve always fought.

“They’ve got what someone told them is a foreigner in town. They’re gonna come down from the mountains with their little AKs and rally with other guys and try to beat the foreigner out of there.

“You gotta get into your enemy’s mind set. There’s courage on both sides.

“[The media is] making a connection that these are the guys that cut the heads off of women and kids in the night, then the next thing they do is climb into an aeroplane and fly into our buildings. That’s not necessarily the case.”

Medal of Honor, BBFC 18 rating and all, ships for PC, 360 and PS3 on October 15.

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38 Comments

  1. Blerk

    Anything that upsets the Tories and/or the Daily Mail is quite obviously a ‘good thing’.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    Fox News did a piece on this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlMe9ai5jCA
    They have the same EA response strangely. Also Fox News sort of defends the game, it would seem…

    (EDIT: I am forbidden no longer.)

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    I didn’t notice anyone complaining that you can play as the Germans in any number of WWII games.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Robo_1

    I would laugh if multiplayer dies on its arse due to nobody wanting to play as the Taliban.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Badger

    “Taliban Video Game”

    Ridiculous Spin.

    There’s always been games about war, current or not. Same with films. Don’t see him complaining about them.

    A video game which has you flying a jet into a New York skyscraper would be horribly bad taste. Medal of Honour isn’t.

    What’s he got to do with this anyway, Defence Secretary shouldn’t have time to even be concerned with this type of thing.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. SplatteredHouse

    @Blerk. You can play as “the Axis”. Germans, not as often, uniforms featuring German borrowed symbolism, nuh-uh. They use different ways to get around the stigma, so as not to attract criticism.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    @Blerk
    Apart from Germany. :D

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Aimless

    At least we’ve all learnt that the Taliban don’t have children or wives. That makes them fair game, right?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. distraet

    I kinda like EA’s response. They’re obviously not bothered by the criticiscm, and they shouldn’t be. It’s ridiculous.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    Oh fuck off you tight arsed Tory cunt.

    And you can quote me on that national press.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. LePlatypus

    ‘It’s such an un-british game’

    /sigh. The British aren’t even in Medal of honor.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Blerk

    It obviously needs more tea in it if it’s not British enough. Tea and bowler hats!

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Anders

    @12 :D

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Blerk

    “I say, Johnny Foreigner, stop that right there. It’s just not British. I’ll ruddy well poke you with my umbrella, don’t you know.”

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Whizzo

    The multiplayer will die on its arse because it’s rubbish, a terrible mish-mash of CoD and Battlefield and it’s worse than both.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Eregol

    @Blerk post no.1
    Keith Vaz from Labour would be quite upset too.

    Sensationalist video game reporting again.
    Don’t you just love it?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. LOLshock94

    see why the fuck did people vote for these posh fuckers swear to god il love to stick my fist in davids throat and watch him die all they have ever done is shit

    so everyone get ready to vote for ed balls

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Blerk

    Yeah, because Ed Balls is fucking awesome.

    /deadpan

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Whizzo

    That’d be the Ed Balls that even a lot of Labour supporters wanted to lose his seat on election night. He’s going to come last in the leadership poll anyway, the Brownite shit.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Patrick Garratt

    Updated with GI statement.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Patrick Garratt

    OK, there’s the full story as it stands.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Blerk

    Heh heh – it gets better! Press-o-fail! :-D

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Dannybuoy

    Bloody Tories. Pixel based depictions of war isn’t acceptable but tearing foxes limb from limb with a pack of dogs is.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. freedoms_stain

    @23, don’t forget that they’re “The Conservatives”, they’re allowed to be hypocritical as long as the side they’re standing on was advocated by posh cunts centuries ago. They didn’t have videogames in the 1800′s therefore they must be bad and banned.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. cookiejar

    @18 His name is BALLS. Anyone who leaves their house, let alone stand up in Parliament with a name like that deserves a medal.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Quiiick

    @ #3
    Tthere’s quite a difference between an ongoing conflict (Afghanistan) and a war that has taken place 70 years ago. Emotions fade …

    #26 4 years ago
  27. xino

    what a bunch of retards! And i’m glad UK distanced themselves from that trash man Liam Fox.

    I mean British soliders are in someone else’s country, KILLING people and raping! Yet this Liam defences them! Also trying to say that Taliban are killing their moms and dads etc aren’t british troops killing as well?

    Also he said Unbritish Game.
    Wtf does that supposed to mean!? mother farker should gtfo!

    #27 4 years ago
  28. polygem

    that there is still a war going on in afghanistan is shocking. moh is just a videogame. politicians are so shocking stupid these days.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. LOLshock94

    @27 why would they want to rape dirty women from afghanistan

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Patrick Garratt

    Another update.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. theevilaires

    Can someone make a Israeli and Palestinian war game? Can you imagine the out cry from that game. It would be interesting as hell though I’ll tell you that.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. DSB

    Considering all the shit Danger Close have been talking about being totally “ally”, they certainly wouldn’t be remiss to give X percentage of the profits to wounded soldiers.

    The dead remain dead, but the wounded usually go back to health systems, military or not, who’ve been through so many cuts the last twenty years, they aren’t equipped to handle those sorts or volumes of injuries.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Patrick Garratt

    And another update. This one contains the word “fuckers”.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Lloytron

    I love that fact that people who voted for the war are slagging this game off.

    “Oh noes! You can play as evil people who have taken lives” said an MP who helped ensure the war went ahead.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Psychotext

    @34: You realise Afghanistan was a whole different kettle of fish to Iraq right?

    #35 4 years ago
  36. cookiejar

    @35 Yeah one was Drugs, the other was Oil, right? ;)

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Psychotext

    Exactly… and we like drugs!

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Crysis

    are these complainers actually saying they’d rather have American soldiers shoot down American soldiers? every war has atleast two sides & it is a straightout lie to only show one perspective of a war.

    #38 4 years ago

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