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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 The reason the game has been withdrawn from PX shelves is that the multiplayer aspect of the game allow players to play as Taliban fighters.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: So....
By MrTeal on 9/3/2010 11:57:26 AM , Rating: 3
Are you kidding? Do you really think that just because the Army is fine with Call of Duty or Enemy Territory now that they would have been ok with the idea of US forces playing Nazis and blowing up Americans during WWII?

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America is a free country with freedom of expression - or so people seem to believe anyway - and the army exists to uphold THOSE principles. So on what legal (and moral, for that matter) basis do they arbitrarily ban one game and not any number of others?

The armed forces are not based on freedom of expression. Even if they were, they are not banning soldiers from playing or owning the game, they are just not allowing the sale of a game they find objectionable on their bases. As someone else said, it's no different than Wal-Mart not selling music that they find offensive.

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This is just populist double standards because people are scaremongering against brown muslim people.

Please. It's not some inherent bias against brown people, it's a bias against the people that are currently the enemy. The Nazis and Soviets weren't exactly buddy buddy with the Army either.


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