09 October 2010

Despite Name Change, Medal of Honor Still Banned

Military exchanges will not carry Medal of Honor. This news comes even after they made a name change and pulled the "Taliban" term from the game.

What's in a name? A whole lot, says the military. Or wait, maybe not quite so much. It's hard to tell, actually.
On Oct. 1, game publisher Electronic Arts removed a controversial feature in its new "Medal of Honor" game that would have allowed the player to control the Taliban in the game's multi-player mode by renaming them the "opposing force." The publisher was responding to a firestorm of criticism, the most significant of which was probably the U.S. military's decision to ban the game at its bases.

Now that the publisher has changed the feature, however, the military still won't be selling the game in its stores.

"While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, our position is consistent with the direction stated a month ago. I expect the military families who are authorized to shop the Exchange are aware, and understanding, of the decision not to carry this particular offering," said Maj. Gen. Bruce Casella, Army and Air Force Exchange Service commander, in a statement.

EA has stated that it respects the military's position and expects no change in its decision to ban the game.

By: Brant

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