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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 The reason the game has been withdrawn from PX shelves is that the multiplayer aspect of the game allow players to play as Taliban fighters.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 4:46:21 PM , Rating: 2
You're right. A Base commander has no legal control over what a nearby civilian business can do.

Here's the kicker though: He has legal control over their customers!

This is how it would go down if they refused.
1. Commander to shop owner: "don't sell that game"
2. Shop owner to commander: "FU, I'm selling it"
3. Commander to troops: "The shop is off limits. You are ordered not to enter."
4. Troops to commander, "Sir, yes Sir"
5. Shop owner to commander: "not fair! The constitution or something!!"

This happens all the time. Near every base there is some sort of seedy part of town (or some strip club known for it's coke dealers) where solders/sailors get into trouble all the time and that part of town is placed off limits.


RE: Defending American values?
By Smilin on 9/3/2010 4:55:06 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry misread your post.

Yes, definately has control over civilian business onbase.

Also has control over civilian business *near* base for reasons I outlined above.


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