October 1, 2010

Come Mr. Taliban, tally me bananas…..

After taking a lot of heat for the games content, Medal of Honor has made a change. The new Medal of Honor will not have Taliban forces in it anymore. The whole ordeal started when it was announced that you would be able to fight and play as Taliban forces. The U.S. Military then decided to pull all Medal of Honor games off the shelves on all U.S bases. Then after a month of flack, Greg Goodrich (executive producer on the game) decided to remove the Taliban from the game and rename them to “opposing forces”.  Goodrich posted a statement on the Medal of Honor website about the issue:

In the past few months, we have received feedback from all over the world regarding the multiplayer portion of Medal of Honor. We’ve received notes from gamers, active military, and friends and family of servicemen and women currently deployed overseas. The majority of this feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. For this, the Medal of Honor team is deeply appreciative.

However, 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. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force.

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.

To all who serve – we appreciate you, we thank you, and we do not take you for granted. And to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines currently serving overseas, stay safe and come home soon.

Greg Goodrich
Executive Producer
Medal of Honor

Now will this appease the U.S. Military? Who knows? No one made a fuss about Call of Duty: World at War when you were able to fight Japanese and German soldiers. I guess fighting the Taliban in a video game will be ok in 50 years or so.

2 comments

  1. CABXYZ - October 2, 2010 12:38 pm

    I see why they changed it to “opposing force”, but I still see it as trying to silence the freedom of speech. I have a brother and uncle that have served in Irag and Afganistan, and my brother had no problem with the title of taliban being used. It is telling the story of what is happening in the world, will future games be shunned and will have name changes as well? In previous games we have used the words “Jap”, “Krout”, and “commies”; but you don’t see mass uproars over those terms which are deemed a harsh and we never use out of context. I have German and Russian decendents to you see me getting offended when I see what could have been family members dying at the hands of Americans? I understand that this is out of respect for our vets and I sympathise, but I feel that this boycott seems a bit unconstitutional. Too many people are scared of change, and yes video games are changing. They are ways to convey stories in ways books or movies simply can not. Yes, it is using a real terroist organization, this is a fictional story being told in real locations with real organizations; but Medal of Honor is telling a story and there are two sides to every story. In a world full of different outlets to view media and news, maybe I don’t watch CNN or FoxNews, this would be a great way to see the stories and give me a greater respect for the men and women fighting the taliban. Sorry for the paragraph but censorship is one thing I greatly oppose. I have been reading up on this story since the boycott and have had some strong feelings towards the subject, one I may do in a later piece.

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  2. ScrotusKilmystr - October 1, 2010 3:33 pm

    It is cool that poetential loss of sales motiviated the change… No really, respesting people in the military active or not is very good I have a cousin who’s is over seas about every 6 months or so in an active war zone so when a company says they are changing the subject matter out of respect then I am all for it.

    On the other hand various terrorist organizations have been using games that depict you killing american soldiers as a recuriting tool.

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