EA Caves In, Drops Taliban From Medal of Honor
The so-called controversy over the inclusion of a group called The Taliban in Medal of Honor has been, as usual, blown completely out of proportion. To date, EA has handled it well, saying that they are surprised by the controversy, and then moving on.
Apparently, the marketing folks finally got their noses into the situation, because EA has caved in and pulled the reference from the game. The group will now be called “Opposing Force.”
This isn’t the first war game that EA has made where players would take on the roles of a group that has killed American soldiers. Battlefield 1942 and Medal of Honor had players playing as Nazis, and Battlefield: Vietnam put players in the shoes of the Vietcong and the North Vietnamese Army. Where were the protests over these games?
In a statement on the game’s website, Executive Producer Greg Goodrich said,
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.
Now, I’m never going to say anything derogatory towards the men and women who serve our country in the military. What I will say is that the overwhelming majority of people, both civilians and military, were not only supportive of Medal of Honor, but were excited about it.
As is sadly the case so often in America, the vocal minority has once again overruled the majority in a vain attempt to make themselves feel better. Isn’t that exciting?