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Military stores continue to oppose MOH, force it out of stores even after Taliban removal

Wednesday, 6th October 2010 06:36 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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No Taliban, no problem, right?

Wrong.

“Out of respect to those touched by the ongoing, real-life events presented as a game, Exchanges will not be carrying this product,” Army & Air Force Exchange Service Commander Maj. Gen. Bruce Casella said in a statement.

“While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, our position is consistent with the direction stated a month ago. I expect the military families who are authorized to shop the Exchange are aware, and understanding, of the decision not to carry this particular offering.”

After an explosion of controversy that not even the manliest of men were able to walk away from in slow-motion, GameStop’s military stores yanked Medal of Honor from their shelves.

Last week, EA did what many countries have failed to do and ousted the Taliban. As a result, many assumed military bases would welcome Medal of Honor back with open arms. Now, though, GameStop’s beaned EA right in the nose with quite the curveball.

We’ll get in touch with EA and see how the publisher’s taking it.

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15 Comments

  1. Gekidami

    “Last week, EA did what many countries have failed to do and ousted the Taliban.”

    That line is sheer awesome. :D

    #1 4 years ago
  2. polygem

    This is like burning books in the 3rd reich. I really cant understand what the fucking problem is. World of hypocritical old men…

    #2 4 years ago
  3. koul

    What a cool position.
    If somebody in the world even for a second think about freedom, they will be deleted from any media in US.
    Che, Castro, Gandi, Ahmadinejad, Taliban…freedom fighters? Of course no, they are terrorists. lol.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Kuwabara

    the real enemy is the corrupt government, not taliban

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Thalius

    What is wrong with this people??!?!?!?!?
    Only in america, this reminds me after 9:11 they re-shoot alot of movies to remove images or dialogue that referenced the towers.
    Its not like they are dishonoring the military or its people.
    What happen to the so much love america rights?? Freedom of speech, anyone?
    That a farse…

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Jet Black

    I feel that as a Soldier, two-time Iraq vet, someone who’s lost friends during these two current wars and a gamer planning to purchase MoH the minute it’s released, I can speak from a different perspective about the situation.

    The game looks awesome, and as someone who’s been engaged in combat, I look forward to the chills I’m going to get if the game hits that right tone of realism, and for a split second I’m a little bit afraid. (Kinda like the first time I played the first Marine level in Modern Warfare – it was eerie how moving through the city streets in the game affected me).

    That being said, I completely understand where people are coming from in their concern over the game how how it could be seen as distasteful to allow people to play as an enemy force the U.S. is currently engaged in fighting.

    I think that’s the major point that a lot of the folks who are raging online seem to miss.

    Think about this: at this very moment as I type this, there as Taliban forces trying to kill Americans.

    It’s not like the Nazis or the Viet Cong as some would argue. A little over three months ago a Nazi IED didn’t kill my friend SSG James Hunter – a Taliban one did.

    Talking to my dad on the phone while he was over there two years ago, he didn’t have to say “Hey I’ve got to go – I love you.” and immediately hang up the phone so he could go take cover from Communist launched rockets – it was the Taliban.

    This war is still relevant and still an incredibly sensitive subject to many Americans, something that some of the angrier and less mature voices out there tend to forget.

    You can still be upset about the changes to the name in multiplayer – that’s your right, but keep in mind that EA made the decision, and respect them for it. They’re not selling out, they’re just taking a step back and realizing that they may have gone a half-step too far in striving for the “realism” that many gamers crave so eagerly.

    There are many sides to this issue and I don’t feel that any one person has the sole right answer (kinda like in war -huh?)

    Does EA have the right to make a MoH game which takes place in Afghanistan? Of course – but I hope it’s done in an intelligent way.

    Should they have removed the word Taliban from multiplayer? If it means that much to a grieving widow, sibling or parent – sure why not.

    Is AAFES, the sole purveyor of alcohol, tobacco, adult magazines, video games, war movies and pretty much everything else to servicemembers, correct in not stocking the game on their shelves? Not in the slightest. It’s a discredit to those they claim to serve and represents a strong contempt by some senior leaders for the younger generation of servicemember, the gamer generation – those who’ve joined during a time of war knowing full well that they’ll be deploying, yet doing so anyway.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. artdafoo

    That’s right soldiers, you can get your legs blown off by an IED, but you can’t buy a video game with the TALIBAN in it. Stupid shit.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. LordCancer

    @2 the pentagon burns books too, apparently its all the rage.

    @6 thanks for your service Jet black.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. endgame

    2 words: EPIC FAIL! :D

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Freek

    This is weird, becuase with the Taliban name removed the game has the official US Army support. They are even using real soliders in the promotion of the game.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. freedoms_stain

    Evidently the Taliban complaints were just a screen for “videogames r bad mmkay!”

    On the other hand maybe it’s just too early to set a military encounter between the noble patriotic Americans and the dastardly Middle East in the 21st century.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. jeremycafe

    “Only in america, this reminds me after 9:11 they re-shoot alot of movies to remove images or dialogue that referenced the towers.”

    … Because games have never been banned in other countries? Ignorant f… Haven’t there been a hell of a lot more games banned outside of the US?

    They didn’t re-shoot “alot” of movies. Some trailers and posters were edited. Do you know why? Because the towers were no longer there to film the scenes. What the hell does this have to do with any point you are trying to make?

    “What happen to the so much love america rights?? Freedom of speech, anyone?”

    I can still go and pick up the game with absolutely no problem. As can military members, as they just have to drive off base to get it. It is not like they cannot have the game on-post.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Moonwalker1982

    This is really becoming one big joke, what can even be taken serious about this anymore? The whole shit with the Taliban was nonsense anyway and now they still want the game gone? These morons of people would want COD gone then as well i guess? Yet i don’t see that. Hey, might as well ban every damn war shooter or better yet every damn first person shooter. And when that happens, you might as well just quit with making games altogether,lol.

    Pathetic.

    There are countless war shooters out there, and plenty of them depict some real life events too i’m sure. But those aren’t traumatic for some people? Seriously..fuck America and it’s ways of thinking sometimes..no wait, let me correct that. Fuck them most of the time, sigh.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. spiderLAW

    Jet Black.
    Thank you for everything you have done for the citizens of the United States. I greatly appreciate you sir.

    Also, that was a very good point you made and i totally agree.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DSB

    @1 Way to rip off Tom Chick, Nathan.

    http://fidgit.com/archives/2010/10/electronic_arts_does_what_amer.php

    @6 Great comment.

    Just because EA roll back their PR stunt to a point where Fox News might not go on the rag, that doesn’t mean it’s any easier for veterans. It’s pretty obvious to see who the Opposing Forces are.

    #15 4 years ago

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