October 1, 2010

Come Mr. Taliban, tally me bananas.….


After tak­ing a lot of heat for the games con­tent, Medal of Hon­or has made a change. The new Medal of Hon­or will not have Tal­iban forces in it any­more. The whole ordeal start­ed when it was announced that you would be able to fight and play as Tal­iban forces. The U.S. Mil­i­tary then decid­ed to pull all Medal of Hon­or games off the shelves on all U.S bases. Then after a month of flack, Greg Goodrich (exec­u­tive pro­duc­er on the game) decid­ed to remove the Tal­iban from the game and rename them to “oppos­ing forces”.  Goodrich post­ed a state­ment on the Medal of Hon­or web­site about the issue:
In the past few months, we have received feed­back from all over the world regard­ing the mul­ti­play­er por­tion of Medal of Hon­or. We’ve received notes from gamers, active mil­i­tary, and friends and fam­i­ly of ser­vice­men and women cur­rent­ly deployed over­seas. The major­i­ty of this feed­back has been over­whelm­ing­ly pos­i­tive. For this, the Medal of Hon­or team is deeply appre­cia­tive.
How­ev­er, we have also received feed­back from friends and fam­i­lies of fall­en sol­diers who have expressed con­cern over the inclu­sion of the Tal­iban in the mul­ti­play­er por­tion of our game. This is a very impor­tant voice to the Medal of Hon­or team. This is a voice that has earned the right to be lis­tened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heart­beat of Medal of Hon­or has always resided in the rev­er­ence for Amer­i­can and Allied sol­diers, we have decid­ed to rename the oppos­ing team in Medal of Hon­or mul­ti­play­er from Tal­iban to Oppos­ing Force.
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.
To all who serve — we appre­ci­ate you, we thank you, and we do not take you for grant­ed. And to the Sol­diers, Sailors, Air­men and Marines cur­rent­ly serv­ing over­seas, stay safe and come home soon.
Greg Goodrich
Exec­u­tive Pro­duc­er
Medal of Hon­or
Now will this appease the U.S. Mil­i­tary? Who knows? No one made a fuss about Call of Duty: World at War when you were able to fight Japan­ese and Ger­man sol­diers. I guess fight­ing the Tal­iban in a video game will be ok in 50 years or so.

2 comments

  1. ScrotusKilmystr - October 1, 2010 3:33 pm

    It is cool that poe­t­en­tial loss of sales motivi­at­ed the change… No real­ly, respest­ing peo­ple in the mil­i­tary active or not is very good I have a cousin who’s is over seas about every 6 months or so in an active war zone so when a com­pa­ny says they are chang­ing the sub­ject mat­ter out of respect then I am all for it.
    On the oth­er hand var­i­ous ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions have been using games that depict you killing amer­i­can sol­diers as a recu­rit­ing tool.

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  2. CABXYZ - October 2, 2010 12:38 pm

    I see why they changed it to “oppos­ing force”, but I still see it as try­ing to silence the free­dom of speech. I have a broth­er and uncle that have served in Irag and Afgan­istan, and my broth­er had no prob­lem with the title of tal­iban being used. It is telling the sto­ry of what is hap­pen­ing in the world, will future games be shunned and will have name changes as well? In pre­vi­ous games we have used the words “Jap”, “Krout”, and “com­mies”; but you don’t see mass uproars over those terms which are deemed a harsh and we nev­er use out of con­text. I have Ger­man and Russ­ian decen­dents to you see me get­ting offend­ed when I see what could have been fam­i­ly mem­bers dying at the hands of Amer­i­cans? I under­stand that this is out of respect for our vets and I sym­pa­thise, but I feel that this boy­cott seems a bit uncon­sti­tu­tion­al. Too many peo­ple are scared of change, and yes video games are chang­ing. They are ways to con­vey sto­ries in ways books or movies sim­ply can not. Yes, it is using a real ter­roist orga­ni­za­tion, this is a fic­tion­al sto­ry being told in real loca­tions with real orga­ni­za­tions; but Medal of Hon­or is telling a sto­ry and there are two sides to every sto­ry. In a world full of dif­fer­ent out­lets to view media and news, maybe I don’t watch CNN or FoxNews, this would be a great way to see the sto­ries and give me a greater respect for the men and women fight­ing the tal­iban. Sor­ry for the para­graph but cen­sor­ship is one thing I great­ly oppose. I have been read­ing up on this sto­ry since the boy­cott and have had some strong feel­ings towards the sub­ject, one I may do in a lat­er piece.

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