03 October 2010

EA Changes Video Game in Response to Protests

Bowing to public pressure, EA has changed out the "Taliban" label for a more generic "OPFOR" label in their new Medal of Honor game. Bear in mind, they've changed absolutely nothing about the gameplay. All they've done is relabel one of the sides in the game. They still dress like the Taliban, fight in Afghanistan, carry Taliban weapons, and fight against the US. They just slapped a fresh label on it.

The makers of a new video game based in Afghanistan said Friday they have removed the option for players to call themselves members of the Taliban when pretending to shoot at U.S. troops.

Electronic Arts, a major game developer based in Redwood City, Calif., said it has dropped the Taliban label from a version of its "Medal of Honor" video game after families of troops complained it was offensive.

Military bases across the U.S. had banned the sale of the game in reaction to those family protests.

"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," wrote Greg Goodrich, the game's executive producer, in a blog post on the game's Web site.

"This franchise will never willfully disrespect, intentionally or otherwise, your memory and service," he said.

We've heard this before.

Kev: It's a trend in diamonds. Champagne. It's a nice stone.
Willie Conway: Yeah, no, I heard about this. It's a new trend in the diamond trade, they're trying to create a new market.
Tommy: Oh, right, right. yeah. They were callin' 'em "piss", but they weren't moving any units.

By: Brant

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