Friday, 15 October 2010

Medal of Dishonor

A while ago I blogged about the release of controversial game Call of Duty; Modern Warfare 2 (see here and here). Now there's more controversy over a very similar game - Medal of Honor - which is set in Afghanistan in 2002. In fact, this game offers the player the chance to play as the Taliban as they fight against the invading coalition forces. Following early complaints, the developers chose to change the name of the Taliban in the game to "The Opposition".

Quoting from a BBC article:
In August, Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox called for the game to be banned after it emerged that users could fight as The Taliban. Dr Fox described the game as "un-British" and said it was "shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban against British soldiers".

Note that he does not say it's unacceptable to recreate the acts of British soldiers against the Taliban. I wonder what games Afghanistan would be producing if it had an industry...

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