Taliban mission sparks Medal of Honor controversy

Posted by STARR KESHET

Want to play Medal of Honor as a Taliban terrorist? Well, just don't tell Fox News about it.

Indeed, the "fair and balanced" news giant recently ran an extended feature about EA's controversial decision to include the (admittedly thought-provoking) option in multiplayer games.

Taliban mission sparks Medal of Honor controversyIn a video, the anchor describes the scenario as one that "allows [gamers] to play as the Taliban against the US, with the objective of gunning down American troops."

Fox also interviewed Karen Meredith - a Gold Star Mom whose son died in the Iraq War - on the subject.

"War is not a game, period. The fact that they've already done games about World War 2...That's far removed from our current history, people aren't dying in World War 2 any more," Meredith opined in a statement transcribed by CVG.

"Right now, we're going into a really, really, bad time in Afghanistan. We've just come off of the worst month of casualties in the whole war. This game is going to be released in October, so families that are burying their children are going to be seeing this...It's disrespectful."

As expected, EA defended its decision to feature a "playable" Taliban terrorist in Medal of Honor.

"[The game] is set in today's war, putting players in the boots of today's soldier. We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of us have been doing this since we were seven. 



"If someone's the cop, someone's got to be the robber, someone's got to be the pirate, somebody's got to be the alien. In Medal Of Honor multiplayer, someone has to be the Taliban."



Unsurprisingly, Destructoid's Jim Sterling reacted to the Taliban controversy by noting that the station's coverage of the issue was "pathetically predictable."

"[Sure], I totally understand that Meredith might not want to play a game set in a war where her son was killed. But then, of course, she doesn't have to play it. Her son made a decision to become a soldier and put his life on the line, just as other adults have the decision to play what games they like.



"No, war is not a game...But games about war...They are games. Nobody made Meredith's son become a soldier just like nobody will make Meredith buy Medal of Honor. [And] meanwhile, EA's marketing department is laughing."