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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 The reason the game has been withdrawn from PX shelves is that the multiplayer aspect of the game allow players to play as Taliban fighters.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 shaidorsai on 9/3/2010 5:35:44 PM , Rating: -1
Yes by all means tell your children about the evil in the world...but don't teach them how to survive in that world. Really? That mentality is the same one that lead to Rome being over run by the barbarians. Every Roman knew about those bad barbarians but nobody knew what to do when they came calling. I hate to break it to you but the world is an evil shitty place full of bad people. I think every single physically and mentally fit teen in America should have mandatory military service. This would prepare them better for reality so once they leave countries governed by the rule of law like the US, and enter those governed by the rules of thuggery and brutality, they can handle themselves and not get victimized. Turning our teens and young adults into sheeple incapable of defending themselves or others is only a good idea to the pacifist...also known as the victim. Good parenting is all that many kids today need, but it's one hell of a stretch blaming social dysfunction on video games...your better off looking at social welfare and the decline of accountability in America. America only needs to focus on teaching kids and young adults the difference between right and wrong and let them lose in the world...they are the future. Most of them make a lot of very good decisions every day despite a lot of hours playing video games.


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