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.

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