Medal of Honour: Multiplayer Taliban renamed OpFor
Latest video game violence controversy comes to inevitable conclusion.
After being banned from the shelves of US games distributor GameStop and UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox calling for a boycott in Britain, Electronic Arts have buckled under the weight of criticism for letting gamers play as Taliban and kill US soldiers in the multiplayer mode of upcoming shooter Medal of Honor.
"We feel a deep sympathy and respect for the soldiers and people with family members killed or wounded in Afghanistan", EA have said on the game's mini-site, but that "Medal of Honor is a soldier's story, told to us by Tier 1 Operators who fought in Afghanistan."
As a further justification for the inclusion of the Taliban as a playable multiplayer faction, the Medal of Honour site has posted an "Understand the game" section, which states:
"Multiplayer combat is a long-standing, common and popular feature of videogames. The dynamics of multiplayer require that teams assume the identities of combatants on both sides of the conflict. One team plays the good guys; the other plays the bad guys".