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August 23, 2010

Defence Secretary calls for Medal of Honor ban

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by Darren Allan

The latest game in the Medal of Honor series was bound to court controversy, shifting from a historical perspective and its traditional Second World War setting, and moving to a modern conflict.

The theatre of war in question being Afghanistan, and the controversy springing from the fact that the game allows players to take on the role of the enemy – the Taliban – in multiplayer matches.

The Defence Secretary Liam Fox has spoken out against the game, and urged retailers not to stock it for its thoroughly “un-British” content.

The Telegraph reports that Fox told the Sunday Times: “It’s shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban. At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands.”

“I am disgusted and angry. It’s hard to believe any citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un-British game. I would urge retailers to show their support for our armed forces and ban this tasteless product.”

EA defended the game by pointing out that it was traditional for shooters to have multiplayer modes where players take on the role of the enemy, donning Nazi uniforms for example.

However, it seems that retailers aren’t considering banning the game, or at least that’s the stance of a couple of outlets CVG spoke to. With the Department for Culture, Media and Sport distancing itself from Fox’s comments, the retailers said they would stock the shooter unless the government itself expressly spoke out against it.

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