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?

Willing to ignore the political spinelessness? We’ve got all the info you need to kick ass as the pseudo-Taliban on our Cheats page, and a full walkthru for the singleplayer.

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10 Comments on EA Caves In, Drops Taliban From Medal of Honor

Russ

On October 1, 2010 at 8:41 am

The game is pretty realistic. I could see where people would be getting alittle uneasy about being fragged by a taliban. Especially when I got in it reminded me of the movie Black Hawk Down.

Bill

On October 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm

The “Vocal Minority” need to get over themselves and keep their damn noses out of EA’s business.Let the developers do their jobs and just make a great entertaining game.And EA needs to stop beeing pussies and giving into political correctness.

What the

On October 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I guess Germans are the only acceptable form of game murder these days. Hmm, I wonder why that is.

its about time

On October 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm

its about time the vocal minority keeps people like you free to play games like this PERIOD it far to close to home far to sensetive and fresh in peoples minds epsecially those affected by war and that is a lot and an american company should know the diffrence between sales and respect sure 20 years after this ware who cares like ww2 its all fine now but done to death and hey scince the vietnam vets seem to talk more about what happened vietnam games will pump out soon and good ones too but to make a multiplayer component where someone can actually play as the taliban at the moment is rather crude i can think of almost 100 friends who have shed tears of losses in this war its still fresh and for those who forget or have no respect grow up grow some balls and look outside the computer screen real people a giving real lives to die for the name of freedom in all allied countries sure the enemy loses lives but to us they are almost faceless which is quite sad only for this war we never see their faces to learn from the true terror of war sure some of the soldiers go to far sure the media will tell the truth nor can governments for that fact but people should at least try to understand and realise for the many serving and families serving this is a much better and less stressful thing in their mind the only thing left for those families is to hope they dont get that phone call or that knock on the door because then you would never want to feel what they feel

lest we forget

UtopiaV1

On October 2, 2010 at 5:13 am

Not all Germans in WW2 were Nazi’s, the Nazi were a political party. It’s like saying that all Americans in the US today are democrats just because they’re the ones currently in power. In Battlefield 1942 you fight the Wehrmacht, the German army, not all of whom were Nazi’s. Okay?

Also, the Vietcong don’t exist. It’s a made up name used to make the north Vietnamese look monstrous, because the US government couldn’t directly finger the NVA soldiers if a atrocity was committed, as it was just as likely to be US or South Vietnamese troops being that the whole war was a confusing mess. So they made up this group of ‘special forces’ NVA who would skin people and rape children etc.

OT: It’s sad that your beloved 1st amendment is being trampled on AGAIN, but I can see why this might be indecent. If only people weren’t so touchy about everything, like that whole ‘ground zero mosque’ bollocks. Not a mosque, not a ground zero, but nobody cares because it’s the SENSATIONALIZED STORY everyone cares about.

In closing, a couple of errors in your news article, otherwise fine. I agree, the whole situation is overblown and ridiculous, and I honestly don’t think any soldier who’s been to the middle east cares about what wording is used in a silly video-game (I’ve got a soldier-medic friend who’s done a tour and he can’t wait for this game to be released.) Finally, sorry for the long post, please don’t use this to start a flame war.

Ryan

On October 2, 2010 at 7:00 am

What a bunch of ing pussies. ITS. A. ING. GAME. Get the over it.

Aids

On October 3, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Islam better get over it because the last time they had a fit about depictions of Mohammed, there were hundreds of thousands of them submitted on “Draw Mohammed Day.” This is the ONLY way to teach these morons that just because they believe this rubbish, the rest of the world DOES NOT have to treat it a sacred. Their religion treats other religions with NO RESPECT, that is what they deserve in return.

Guywhothinksothersarestupid

On October 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Wow..whoever was putting up a stink about this is just sad and pathetic. Oh no you were killed by a virtual Taliban!! Guess what, you respawned..holy ! Two things that never happen in real life 1)being killed by NPC’s and 2)respawning. Apparently that doesn’t detach it from reality enough for these people..

cheeseman

On October 5, 2010 at 7:45 am

As he said.
You can kill nazi`s (bf1942, MoH)
You can kill comunist`s ( bfV, freedom fighters )
Killing god guys ( manny games)
Kill (taliban) terorist (when?)

xXSwiftyXx

On October 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Game’s just a fail BC2 mod anyway. The people who won’t sell it are doing the world a favor.