Here's EA defending the name change; http://kotaku.com/5653154/medal-of-...liban-renaming-addresses-free-speech-concernsEA Games president Frank Gibeau tells website Develop that Medal of Honor will not be altered due to the outcry of politicians or the media. Soldiers have opinions for and against the title.
The upcoming Medal of Honor features multiplayer that allows gamers to play as Taliban fighters. The game is set in Afghanistan.
"There's a lot of furore around games that take creative risks – like games that let you play terrorists in airports mowing down civilians," Gibeau told Develop, referencing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
"At EA we passionately believe games are an artform, and I don't know why films and books set in Afghanistan don't get flack, yet [games] do. Whether it's Red Badge Of Courage or The Hurt Locker, the media of its time can be a platform for the people who wish to tell their stories. Games are becoming that platform."
Might as well not have called them the Taliban to begin with, then. I'm sure it'll be a competent game but what really bothers me is such a big developer buckling under the pressure of some oversensitive people. All they did now is change the name "Taliban" to "Opposing Forces". That's all. Not a single piece of content has been changed. I cannot understand why people would be so upset over just the name."The reason we're posting the multiplayer demo next week is so people can judge for themselves," EA spokesman Jeff Brown told Kotaku. "Does changing one word in the menu screen have any impact on the actual play of the game that takes place in Afghanistan? If they think we shouldn't have done that, I urge them to play it."
http://kotaku.com/5656459/military-bases-will-still-not-sell-medal-of-honor-despite-changesDespite Electronic Arts' decision to remove the playable Taliban in upcoming shooter Medal of Honor, the Army and Air Force base stores around the world will still not sell the game.
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's position concerning stocking the newest Medal of Honor video game remains unchanged as its facilities have no plans to carry the title, Judd Anstey, Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs spokesman told Kotaku today.
"Out of respect to those touched by the ongoing, real-life events presented as a game, Exchanges will not be carrying this product," the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's Commander Maj. Gen. Bruce Casella told Kotaku. "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."