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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 The reason the game has been withdrawn from PX shelves is that the multiplayer aspect of the game allow players to play as Taliban fighters.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 FITCamaro on 9/3/2010 12:08:05 PM , Rating: 1
I'm with him. In BF2 you can play as a middle eastern character against American forces.

It's a game. Now should the Taliban characters scream "Death to America!" and should "suicide bombing" be an unlockable power? No. But cops vs. robbers essentially the same regardless of what the names placed on each are.

RE: So....
By JonnyDough on 9/3/2010 4:21:03 PM , Rating: 2
Scary to think though, that it's just a matter of time. The question always remains though, does acceptance of war and violence make us more violent and warring? Or is it simply a reflection of real life? I would have to argue that dehumanization and not only the acceptance of, but the LOVE of violence (such as bloodsport, i.e. wrestling/mma/roman gladiators/movies/video games/etc.) makes our society more prone to killing. To think otherwise is obvious folly. A young boy taught to grow crops to live, will grow crops to live and know little of killing until he is taught how to hunt.

RE: So....
By Azure Sky on 9/4/2010 2:22:13 AM , Rating: 3
I would disagree that "violent videogames" lead to dehumidification or desensitisation, watch the penn and teller episode about violent video games, they tested your theory out, a kid who played these violent games for HOURS ON END pretty much every day was taken to a shooting range and got to shoot a target(home alone poster i think it was) he took 1 shot, and didnt want to take another one, ended up in tears upset because he shot a real gun at a picture of a real person.

Kids and adults enlarge arent as simple minded as you seem to think, MOST people(not all, but most) have no problem telling virtual violence from real violence, the mentally ill, thats another story...

As somebody who grew up on these games and whos been around countless kids and is friends with many adults who had the same experience, I have yet to meet one that became dehumanized or desensitized to the horrors of this world, infact most of them will honestly tell you they couldnt shoot a real person, many would even admit they probably couldnt even shoot somebody to protect their own lives.

but then again, most of them had parents who actually parented rather then expecting the tv and schools to do that for them(unlike most kids today)

RE: So....
By Reclaimer77 on 9/3/2010 4:46:46 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with him. In BF2 you can play as a middle eastern character against American forces.

You can? I own Battlefield:Bad Company 2 and all you can play is Russian or American.

RE: So....
By Omega215D on 9/3/2010 5:14:17 PM , Rating: 2
Battlefield 2 is the game that came out before the Bad Company series.

RE: So....
By Reclaimer77 on 9/3/2010 5:18:32 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, my mistake.

RE: So....
By Azure Sky on 9/4/2010 2:15:40 AM , Rating: 2

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