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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 The reason the game has been withdrawn from PX shelves is that the multiplayer aspect of the game allow players to play as Taliban fighters.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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By Fritzr on 9/4/2010 2:13:48 AM , Rating: 2
Another difference. A great many of the "Nazi" soldiers were ordinary patriotic Germans who were not members of the Nazi party and did not support the party. They were however asked to do their duty as soldiers and follow orders. There were Nazi party members in the US armed forces in WWII also, patriotic Americans who thought Hitler was an inspired leader did their duty as American soldiers. The American National Socialist party was destroyed by the political fallout of the actions of the German National Socialists, but they have been revived and are alive and well in the modern USofA.

An interesting book is "Insanity Fair" by Douglas Reed. Written by a journalist based in Germany and Austria in the 20s & 30s it covers the politics of the time and the author expected a major war to break out soon. It was published in 1939. My copy had a couple of chapters added for the 13th reprint in April 1939. Available from Google Books and may be available in other places also. A sequel written in 1948 is called "From Smoke to Smother, 1938-1948"

The Taliban and related groups are not a national political party, they are a radical fundamentalist church that is trying to force as much of the world as possible to convert to their religion. If they need to kill a few followers along the way, they will pay the price in order to ensure that the world prays in the correct manner. In another century it was the Catholic Church and the best known Taliban group were known as The Crusaders. In recent times two more Christian Taliban groups fought in Ireland. The Catholic Taliban call themselves the IRA and the Protestant side is the UDF. Both call on followers to kill infidels (anyone belonging to the other church)


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