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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 The reason the game has been withdrawn from PX shelves is that the multiplayer aspect of the game allow players to play as Taliban fighters.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 diggernash on 9/3/2010 6:01:31 PM , Rating: 2
"you have to feel confident that your reasons for killing the enemy are honorable, if you are going to live with yourself the rest of your life."

You are naive to believe that there are not large numbers of people that can put a bullet in someone for any number of petty reasons without considering the morality of the act. In their case their is no question of why, because the act of killing never generates that level of thought. Looking at the world through your glasses only changes what you see, not what you are looking at.

As for the original topic, if the servicemen on any particular base are not protesting, let the game be sold on base.


RE: So....
By Azure Sky on 9/4/2010 2:14:04 AM , Rating: 2
well said, I for one could put a bullet into somebody without a 2nd thought, If they are a threat and I can, I will neutralize them...is that wrong?

but I also wouldnt just randomly go into a mall/bar/wtfe and kill a bunch of random people, oh yeah, And i have played these "violent video games" since they first came out...so dont tell me they cause kids/people to be violent, its mental disorders and bad parenting that cause that, not games...its like the woman who sued blizzard because her son committed suicide over being ripped off in wow...or the woman who sued sony over the same thing happening in EQ...people need to take personal responsibility for their own mistakes(like letting mentally unstable kids/children play games that could make it worse)


RE: So....
By diggernash on 9/4/2010 4:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
I would say that the fact that the women sued after the suicides, puts the blame squarely on them. Kids from good parents do bad things, but good parents of bad kids don't sue to justify themselves.


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