Defence Secretary disgusted by MOH

Written by Joe Martin

August 23, 2010 | 10:40

Tags: #ban #medal-of-honor #medal-of-honour #moh #politics #taliban

Companies: #electronic-arts

UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox has expressed disgust at Electronic Arts' upcoming FPS reboot, Medal of Honor, because of the way it allows players to take the role of the Taliban against British troops in multiplayer games.

"It's shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban," Fox said in a comment to Yahoo.

"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."

A spokesperson for EA told the Sunday Times that the game is merely reflecting the fact that there are two sides in the war.

"We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of us have been doing this since we were seven: someone plays the cop, someone must be robber. In Medal of Honor multiplayer, someone's got to be the Taliban."

The idea isn't new, obviously; Counter-Strike had terrorists planting bombs, for example.

Fox has urged shops not to stock the game, presumably because he's unable to call for an actual ban on the grounds that he finds it distasteful.

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