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MOH banned from sale on base PXs  (Source: Kotaku)
Multiplayer Taliban characters are the cause of the ban

Video games are a huge business and one of the most popular genres in the market are first person shooters. These games generate billions of dollars each year for the video game industry and have sparked harsh criticism at times because of the violent content of the games.

The latest game to come under fire is the upcoming shooter from EA called
Medal of Honor. Surprisingly, the game hasn't come under fire from the typical groups that oppose violent video games, but the U.S. military. 

Kotaku reports that the Army and Air Force Exchange Services has confirmed to it that they have demanded that the upcoming Medal of Honor game to be pulled from the 49 different GameStop locations that are located on army bases within America. The ban also extends to all stores selling the game on military Post Exchanges [PXs] globally. The reason the game has been withdrawn from PX shelves is that the multiplayer aspect of the game allow players to play as Taliban fighters.

An email from GameStop
Kotaku received states:

GameStop has agreed out of respect for our past and present men and women in uniform we will not carry Medal of Honor in any of our AAFES based stores... As such, GameStop agreed to have all marketing material pulled by noon today and to stop taking reservations. Customers who enter our AAFES stores and wish to reserve Medal of Honor can and should be directed to the nearest GameStop location off base. GameStop fully supports AAFES in this endeavor and is sensitive to the fact that in multiplayer mode one side will assume the role of Taliban fighter.

Apparently, the game is not banned from play by military personnel and is not banned from the base altogether; the game simply isn’t allowed to be sold on base. Military personnel can buy it off base and play it at the base. There has been no official comment by EA on the issue so far.

Another first person shooter franchise set to get a new installment soon is Call of Duty with Activision putting the largest marketing campaign it has ever undertaken behind the new title in the franchise called Black Ops.



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RE: Defending American values?
By Smilin on 9/3/2010 11:04:21 AM , Rating: 2
It always irks me to see some rant about "they are protecting our freedom and blah blah" from someone who has clearly never served in the US Military.

Those that have served know what the UCMJ is and the additional restrictions it places on your freedoms. We've no problem with it and I for one don't mind it when our military commanders make a decision that is in the best interest of our military as a whole.

This issue with the game is about the honorable and *professional* image of our US military (as opposed to a bunch of collateral damage inducing nutbag rambos). Service members are still allowed to buy the game if they wish. This is nothing more than a discouragement from command.

And this...wtf..
quote:
They lose sight of values and focus on command.

Their values ARE to focus on command. Freedom is not the priority in the military. Freedom stops when the mission begins, then resumes when it's over.


RE: Defending American values?
By Lerianis on 9/3/2010 3:01:43 PM , Rating: 2
Little problem with your statement: The USMJ does NOT to infinity and BEYOND override that little piece of paper called? THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES!

Anyone who says it does? Read what our Founding Fathers said. They made it VERY clear that the First Amendment and ALL others apply even to MILITARY PERSONNEL!


RE: Defending American values?
By Smilin on 9/3/2010 4:39:52 PM , Rating: 2
It's the UCMJ and yes it does.

Go try to use your 1st amendment free speech at will under article 134 and see what happens.

How can this be that rights are stripped? Easy. Military service members *volunteer* to have them stripped. You are guaranteed rights under the constitution but you are welcome to give them up at any time. Military members do so when they join and agree to be bound by the UCMJ.


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