EAno image

Published on August 17th, 2010 | by Bryant Kazmerzak, Contributor

Fox News reports on Medal Of Honor's Taliban inclusion

When we heard back in March that EA was releasing a new Medal Of Honor set in modern-day Afghanistan, both myself and Deejay said that this game was going to change how we play war games. When the trailer was released, and it promised gameplay as The Hammer (ground troops, similar to the opening US Rangers missions in Modern Warfare 2) and The Scalpel (Tier One Operators, similar to the Soap and Roach opening mission), I exhibited all the symptoms of a Chuck Norris bite: Tightness in the jeans, male-patterned beardness, and an urge to kick something.

When Deejay went to the EA Showcase and got to get his hands on MOH, and asked the developers questions, I died. I died, went to heaven, saw Jesus, but told him that I’d be back. I then activated my Reincarnation spell (A 30 minute cooldown without the proper glyph), sat down to regain some health and mana, and played the MOH Multiplayer Beta.

The Beta consisted of 2 simple levels with US forces versus Taliban forces. One level was a simple death match, while another was a king of the hill variant with several pushbacks. Each side had the same 3 classes, with soldier, sniper, and spec ops. Snipers started out with basic rifles, soldiers with M-16s and AK-47s, and spec-ops with silenced M-14s and AK-74Us. The only real differences were cosmetics, as both sides had the same killstreak rewards (Mortar strikes) and class customization features. I did notice, however, that the alt weapon that sniper classes carry, a remote detonated bomb on the Taliban side featured a cell phone with a contact labeled “BOOM” highlighted, thumb hovering over the call button.

I see no quarry with this, but then again Im not a soldier. I used to be a sailor, but it still doesnt count.

Well, Kotaku reported last week that someone was inevitably going to get riled-up about this whole deal, and yesterday they reported that someone already has.

Kotaku’s Owen Good reports: “I must be inside the bubble, because the idea of playing as the Taliban in Medal of Honor multiplayer didn’t hit me as particularly controversial. Fox News noticed. Though it did treat the subject reasonably, the woman they interviewed doesn’t. This segment aired on Fox & Friends yesterday and, despite the network’s poor rep with gamers thanks to past treatments, its handling does come in pretty fair and balanced. They didn’t have to pick this subject, of course, and it may not be news to us, but I’ll allow that it is to the general public.”

So instead of pulling in some “expert” like they did with their infamous Mass Effect report, they got a gold-star mom named Karen Meredith. Meredith, who lost her son in Iraq in 2004, goes on to say that, “… war is not a game period, and the fact that they’ve already done games about WWII, that’s far removed from our current history and people arent dying in WWII anymore…” and that “… it’s not based on real people“. She then goes on to say that since the game is coming out in October, and “… we’re just getting off the worst month in casualties in the whole war… So families who are burying their children are going to be seeing and playing this game“.

I went and pulled the numbers, and the June-July numbers for fatalities in Afghanistan, while they’re not pretty, and are certainly higher than previous years on a per-month basis, arent nearly as bad as Iraq’s numbers have been. I personally feel that a single fatality in the field of combat is a tragedy, and I feel for the families and friends of such, but I also like to believe that after something as difficult and tragic as burying your son or daughter, or brother or sister, or aunt or uncle, I dont think that you’re going to and buy the game and relive the whole thing over again. As Owen Good said in his Kotaku article, “I seriously doubt anyone in the throes of grief will choose to pay $60 to be hurt by this war again.” [source]

Im not going to say anything snarky about Ms. Meredith, as the woman has been through enough and that would be plain distasteful. But I will say this: The woman knows what she is talking about, not like that smug-faced “expert” that was pulled in to face off against Geoff Keighley in 2008.

An EA rep by the name of Amanda Taggart wrote a response saying, “Most of us have been doing this since we were seven. If someone’s the cop, someone’s gotta be the robber, someone’s gotta be the pirate, and someone’s gotta be the alien. In ‘Medal of Honor’ multiplayer, someone’s gotta be the Taliban.

And she’s right. The non-gaming public out there doesnt understand that even in videogames there are 2 sides to the story. But Medal Of Honor isn’t going to let you play as the Taliban in the campaign, they are only available as the yang to the US forces yin for the multiplayer mode.

Last year, there was outcry about another popular wartime shooter, Modern Warfare 2, in which players could opt to do a mission detailing an undercover CIA operative assisting a terrorist in an attack on Moscow International Airport. Titled “No Russian”, you played as a deep cover agent trying to earn the trust of an international terrorist by shooting up an airport full of civillians with the intention of bringing him to justice, only to be shot in the head in the end by the terrorist because he knew you were a CIA agent. Knowing that this level would spark public outcry, they made the level optional, and didnt include any hidden easter eggs or collectible enemy intel laptops; it was only there as a means to explain the motivation for the Russians fictitiously invading American soil. Still, the game sold record numbers of copies in it’s first week alone, with sales reaching $1 billion as of January. [source]

So what does all of this mean? Will America be up in arms because players get to wear a turban and fight against US troops in multiplayer? Or will they do what they did with MW2 and be upset with it, but
still buy and play the game? Only time will tell.

Personally, I live by the fundamental notion that “it’s just a game“. Just like “it’s just a movie” and “it’s just a song” and “it’s just a little airborne, it’s still good” helped me feel better before, “it’s just a game” will do the same.

Live free, and game hard.

–Shaddz
Tw: @Shaddz
Em: Shaddz [at] GAMINGtruth [dot] com

Tags:




52 Responses to Fox News reports on Medal Of Honor's Taliban inclusion

  1. Pingback: Douglas Has Throat Cancer – FOXNews - Watch movies online free without downloading, watch movie online, watch new movies online - Watch free movies online

  2. I Will have to come back again when my class load lets up – even so I am taking your RSS feed so I can read your site offline. Thanks.

  3. cash advance says:

    Heyy, Found your blog on Bing and I am so glad I did! Keep it up!

  4. I can’t wait to see what new Arizona state law will be passed next!

  5. kobun253 says:

    Shaddz,

    I really enjoyed the article and was very interested particularly about the fox news stuff.

    well written man

  6. kobun253 says:

    Shaddz,

    I really enjoyed the article and was very interested particularly about the fox news stuff.

    well written man

  7. Dentist Boca says:

    My cousin loves to read ancient poems and literary compositions about life in general. She actually convinced me one time to participate a poetry reading session and it was a wonderful event for me because the fictional works we read were a good read.

  8. We just had our family reunion last month and I recalled something that our grandparents shared to us during supper about life in general. I find that moment very valuable because we were able to spend time together and realize the importance of each other.

  9. Boca says:

    My partner and I were talking about our experiences and life in general. It was then when I felt how much devoted to him and how he feels exactly the same way for me. It was then when we decided it’s time for us to get married.

  10. Boca says:

    My siblings and I were on a trip to Texas when suddenly out of nowhere a tornado touched down near our car . We all panicked but miraculously we got out of the situation without harm. every so often, unexpected things happen which makes you feel fortunate of being alive and be able to recognize the value of the beauty of life in general.

  11. Boca Raton says:

    We just had our family reunion last month and I remembered something that our grandparents imparted to us during supper about life in general. I find that instant very precious because we were able to allocate time together and realize the importance of each other.

  12. It is nice to definitely turn up a blog where the blogger is keen. Thanks for creating your site.

  13. Ken Cicali says:

    Seminole Cnty, FL – School Board Election Tina Calderone – a LIFELONG DEMOCRAT – becomes a Republican to run for school board. Is she turning her back on Democrats or lying to Republicans? Someone’s getting lied to. WHO?

  14. Hiya, I was reading one more factor about this on one more blog. Interesting. Your perspective on it is diametrically contradicted from what I read earlier. I’m still pondering in the opposite elements of view, but I’m leaning to a very good extent toward yours. And irrespective, that may be what is so perfect about contemporary democracy and the market of ideas online.

  15. Carol Rolen says:

    This is a fantastic article. We’re always looking for relevant resources to show the retirement community, and your piece is without a doubt worth sharing!

  16. This article is definitely worth saving to the favorites. I read just about everything on this subject and most of it is a re-hash of the usual data. This material is quite a bit different in that the information is up to date and written by an author that is on the cutting edge of the field.

  17. Seminole County, FL – School Board Election – Orlando Sentinel reports Candidate TINA CALDERONE SAYS TAXES ARE NECESSARY. Want more taxes from a fiscally irresponsible school board? Candidates Paul Ackerman and Becky Erwin are opposed to taxes.Story here -> http://cli.gs/d8W2E

  18. It would be practical for a person who does not have a car to just go to car rentals and rent a good one to use. Although it is rather expensive, it is still a necessity since the car would be really useful. For fathers that still don’t have money to finance car loans, I’m sure a lot of them would go to car rentals and just rent one.

  19. Pingback: Habbo Retros

  20. boots fancy says:

    I just wanna thank you for sharing your this info on your site,

  21. I’m behind you all the way. You have a right to your own ideas, and you should never let anybody tell you anything else. Keep it up! Bob Perry, Work New York, 65 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007

  22. My friend has a small business on car rentals and he really loves having it. Part of his business is also fixing small parts of cars. He has become more thriving than ever with his business and it has really help him a lot.Car rentals are one of the best services offered that I find amusing so far. I can’t help thinking about cars being rented by people you barely are familiar with. Although it is a good business, it is rather risky for me since I am a kind of person who his profit.My father used turn down the idea of renting a car from a car rental. He would say that it is an unsafe idea since it is not our personal car that we would be driving. Although we would be paying for the car, he would still refuse to ride it.

  23. Just want commentabout this article, after reading whole of this it make me to have new vision about one big event, hope I can read more good news again from you so I subscribe your website.

  24. Kelly Budin says:

    When I noticed your journal and have been reading along, I thought Ishould add my first remark. I don’t know just what to say except that I loved reading. Very good webpage. I am going to keep coming to your journal more often.

  25. Wow I have read your article and by the way I found you website on Bing and I think after I read somepost on you website especially this one I have my own comment about what should I comment on the next conversation with my friends, maybe today I will tell my familyabout this one and get debate.

  26. Hi My name is Cindy I could use your help. I am trying to win a contest for a free droid 2 phone. The more people I get to this site http://droid2.freetesterswanted.com?id=g2xs3065b35vutyi6k51whj5725mo5 the more chances I have to win the phone. I really want the new droid my girlfrind just got one and its great so if you can help me by going to the above link that would be great. Thank You.

  27. Happy to view this good blog also like paul konerko jersey

  28. Im not gonna lie, youve lost me right here. I know which you meant well and you clearly know what youre referring to, but I cant say that I get where youre coming from. If you want men and women to comprehend your points, you must take into consideration the other side with the argument, too. Youve got a wealth of knowledge, Ill give you that. But, really frankly, you turned me off with your tone.

  29. amazing stuff thanx Such a usefule blog…wow !?!!!!!

  30. Dear admin, thnx for sharing this blog post. I discovered it wonderful. Best regards, Victoria…

  31. Very good resources. Wish I could get more info like this by other people! Many thanks!

  32. How did you know how to make this change? I was looking for information on how to make this change for days. Thanks for the post.

  33. Took me time to be able to understand all the remarks, however I genuinely enjoyed the post. It proved to be Quite beneficial to me and I am certain to almost all the commenters here as well! It is definitely nice when you can not merely be informed, but also entertained! I’m sure you had fun composing this post.

  34. Just stumbled upon your post and will have a look at other ones. Looks like real good stuff.

  35. I like your website. Very useful and very motivational. Thanks a bunch. This will help me a lot.

  36. What theme are you using here ? I really like the design. Thank you for this post.

  37. I enjoy your layout, the inescapable fact that your site is a little bit distinctive makes it so intriguing, I get fed up of seeing same-old-same-old just about all almost daily. I’ve I merely happened on this web page by you Appreciate it.

  38. I see quite a number of sites that appear interesting and worth a read. There’s absolutely nothing worse than browsing through endless blah blah blogs just to locate a couple which keep your attention. Thanks. Great work!

  39. I like this blog. Very helpful and very inspirational. Thanks a bunch. It’ll help me a lot.

  40. Helpful information shared I’m very happy to see this post..thanks with regard to giving people great tips.Fantastic walk-through. I enjoy this kind of blog post.

  41. I like your site. Really helpful and very motivational. Thanks a bunch. This will help me a lot.

  42. Yeah! Great writing, keep up the amazing work. This is the kind of material that really should gain acknowledgement for it’s art. More writers should learn from you. This is right on the money.

  43. Took me a moment to read most the feedback, but I truly appreciated the write-up. It proved to be Quite helpful to me and I am sure to almost all the commenters here! It’s definitely great when a person can not simply be informed, but also entertained! I’m sure you had fun creating this kind of write-up.

  44. Just came upon your post and definitely will check out other ones. Seems like real good stuff.

  45. I like your website. Really practical and very inspirational. Thanks a bunch. This will help me a lot.

  46. Jenette Pyon says:

    Nice weblog post. I arrived on the internet to discover where to watch nfl football games and somehow arrived across your blog. You should create a article on how you can watch football online because it’s a well-known subject right now. I utilized Google and only came up with this website http://www.p2p4ufootball.com but require some much more choices.

  47. What I dont realize is how youre not even much more common than you are now. Youre just so intelligent. You know so a lot about this topic, produced me take into consideration it from so several diverse angles. Its like folks arent interested unless it has some thing to accomplish with Lady Gaga! Your stuffs great. Continue to keep it up!

  48. Thanks for writing this blog and sharing it with the world. I would like to know how to go for reading your rss blog. Please let me know if possible.

  49. I was truly thrilled to find out this site. I wished to thank you for this excellent read!! I absolutely enjoyed every piece and I have you bookmarked to read recent things you publish.

  50. your website is a great resource

  51. Arghhh !!! Congress involved in regualting sports ! And it’s covered like a national security issue !!!!There should be an article “Why is Congress Involved in Regulating Sports ?”Then when you think of all the corrput, lying politicians in Congress, here they pick on some two-bit sports gladiator to make an example of !!!…..🙂

  52. Pingback: Facebook Article and Mailing Lists – The Ultimate Music Strategy? | Arab Coffee

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top ↑

Web Statistics