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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 The reason the game has been withdrawn from PX shelves is that the multiplayer aspect of the game allow players to play as Taliban fighters.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 AssBall on 9/3/2010 11:30:31 AM , Rating: 2
This only hurts Gamestop, as far as I can see. I don't agree with the regulation, but it certainly isn't my call to make.


RE: Defending American values?
By Lerianis on 9/3/2010 2:59:27 PM , Rating: 2
Neither is it the Army's to put into place a ban like this. If I was running Gamestop? I would challenge this ban out of the PRINCIPLE of the thing.

If they ban this, what do you think they are going to ban NEXT?

It's a slippery slope that we cannot allow the Armed Forces to go down!


By NicodemusMM on 9/3/2010 8:44:50 PM , Rating: 2
"It's a slippery slope that we cannot allow the Armed Forces to go down!"...

Really? Are you serious? OK, Assuming you are...
Do you have any idea of the number of items/activities that are not permitted on base? The average civilian would balk at the regulations the men and women in the armed forces live by.
Why does this move drive you to think that they're going to start banning things irrationally? They did this with a very pointed reason and in a mild fashion. The game can still be played... just not sold.

By your reasoning we can't let them fire their weapons...

"If they shoot this, what do you think they are going to shoot NEXT?

It's a slippery slope that we cannot allow the Armed Forces to go down!"

And my last point... Armed Forces... try and stop them. :)


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