U.S. Outraged Over Controversial PC Game



By: OMER SHACHNAI  
Published: August 18th 2010
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Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor, a new PC war game, has caused quite a stir in the United States, as it has been revealed that gamers will be allowed to play as members of the Taliban.

 

The option to play as the other side has drawn criticism from various news groups, as well as bereaved parents, who claim "our pain is not to be taken advantage of- war is not a game, period.”

 

Computer first person shooter games have been very popular for years now, but this new upcoming game from the house of Electronic Arts (EA) is a whole different story. The new Medal of Honor lets gamers play as allied or oppositional forces in a contemporary war theatre. The allies in this case are U.S. Army Rangers, the theatre is Afghanistan; the opposition, then, is not surprisingly, the Taliban.

 

The game has angered many parents and families who lost their loved ones in the war in Afghanistan. They feel the "game takes their suffering and turns it into someone else's entertainment.”

 

“Medal of Honor is set in today's war putting players in the boots of today's soldiers... we give gamers the opportunity to play both sides,” said Electronic Arts senior public relations manager Amanda Taggart in an official response.

 

Moreover, EA has added: "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 and someone's got to be the alien. In Medal of Honor multiplayer, someone's gotta be the Taliban.” However many Americans believe it is just unrealistic to compare cops and robbers to the Taliban and U.S. soldiers.

 

However, some say, the entire controversy around this issue is actually hypocrisy, since America believes that it is okay to shoot, stab, kill and blow up everyone in PC games as long as they are the "bad guys,” without taking into consideration people's feelings.

 

But playing as the Taliban fighting against the American army has apparently gone too far.

 

For now, however, it looks like the entire media fiasco surrounding this game will make it one of this summer's best sellers.



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