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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 The reason the game has been withdrawn from PX shelves is that the multiplayer aspect of the game allow players to play as Taliban fighters.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 Master Kenobi (blog) on 9/3/2010 7:08:53 PM , Rating: 4
Unfortunately most of these loons forget just how many of their freedoms they would not have if not for the armed forces fighting wars to eliminate threats to our culture and way of life. Do you really think these hardline muslims of Afghanistan really care that you are american? They want nothing less than everyone to follow their beliefs. People in their own country that do not follow their beliefs are stoned, beaten, whipped, or shot. They have no problem doing the same for anyone from another country. Not everyone over there is a hardliner like this, but there are tons of them worldwide that flock to Afghanistan to fight the "infidels" that do not follow them.

It is time to understand that this war will never end. It might end in Afghanistan but it will be continued worldwide by small hardline groups fighting against modern cultures because they percieve them as threats. India, Pakistan, Serbia, Bosnia, Phillipenes, Somalia, Niger, Syria, Chechnya, and more. These have been and will continue to be battle grounds until these hardliners can be snuffed out. The wars of today and tomorrow will not be between nations but instead between small guerilla factions fighting against modern ideology. Get used to it, this is the future.


RE: So....
By Azure Sky on 9/4/2010 2:06:44 AM , Rating: 1
so can you and ratclamer77 explain the Korean war?

from what I remember it was about stopping "the evils of socialism/communism" because they where going to "take over the world"...

please inform us also as to what the point of Vietnam was...seems it was about forcing our will on them...didnt work out to well did it.


RE: So....
By Clienthes on 9/4/2010 11:40:58 AM , Rating: 2
North Korea invaded South Korea, which was under our protection following WWII. That was the point of WWII, aiding an ally.

The Vietnam war was similar; North Vietnam (communist) tried to take over South Vietnam (not communist) by force. The US aided the South Vietnamese.

In both cases, if the communist forces hadn't been trying to expand their territory by force, we wouldn't have gone to war.


RE: So....
By Clienthes on 9/4/2010 11:42:40 AM , Rating: 2
First pp should read, "That was the point of the Korean war."

I now understand what the preview screen is for.


RE: So....
By AznAnarchy99 on 9/4/2010 4:26:59 PM , Rating: 3
I never post on here but I had to come and and clear this up.

The United States refused to let Vietnam unify under Communist rule after Ho Chi Minh ousted the French after the First Indochina War. During the treaty negotiations they forced the Chinese, who at the time was still coming into power, to use their influence on the Vietnamese to agree to the terms of an election a few years after. The US placed a corrupt and brutal President in South Vietnam by the name of Ngo Dinh Diem. Obviously he was not popular and it was a given that he would lose in a fair election to Ho Chi Minh. The US and South Vietnam decided that they would not uphold the elections for unification at all.


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