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Fox News takes aim at Medal of Honor Taliban controversy

Fox News has run an extended feature on EA's  decision to allow gamers to play as the Taliban in the multiplayer mode of Medal Of Honor. The network's Fox & Friends presenter described the game as "allowing players to play as The Taliban against the US, with the objective of gunning down American troops."

He then passed over to Karen Meredith, a Gold Star Mom whose son died in the Iraq War. She commented: "War is not a game, period. The fact that they've already done games about World War II... that's far removed from our current history, people aren't dying in World War 2 anymore.”

"Right now, we're going into a really, really, bad time in Afghanistan. We've just come off of the worst month of casualties in the whole war. This game is going to be released in October, so families that are burying their children are going to be seeing this... It's disrespectful.”



An EA response read out on the show read:

“Medal Of Honor is set in today's war, putting players in the boots of today's soldier... We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of us have been doing this since we were seven. If someone's the cop, someone's got to be the robber, someone's got to be the pirate, somebody's got to be the alien. In Medal Of Honor multiplayer, someone has to be the Taliban.”

Fox's anchor then suggested that the average age of a gamer in the US is 39 - and asked Meredith whether adults shouldn't be allowed to choose whether or not to play the game. Meredith showed decent knowledge of the subject - and said that public pressure led to Sony's Shock & Awe and Atomic Games' Six Days in Fallujah being pulled from release schedules.

She added: "My son didn't get to start over when he was killed. His life was over and I had to deal with that every day. There's 1200 families from Afghanistan that have to live with this every day. And we live it - it's not a game... EA is very cavalier about it: 'Well, it's just a game.' But it isn't a game to the people who are suffering from the loss of the children and loved ones."

Aug 16, 2010

Source: CVG

88 comments

  • sk8r7 - September 28, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    what about killing the ameri- sorry, the "Allied Nations" in Mercenaries 2? the troops themselves even say they're americans
  • Qbasic8 - September 21, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    What about us Americans who want to be over in the middle east fighting the Taliban in real life? What if this increases awareness of what our troops are facing? What if some people who was thinking about the military life helps become persauded to go and enlist? I hate to be up front but people die in war. I have friends who were KIA. But they ALL knew what could happen and they did there job. You are saying people get to play as the Taliban and kill Americans. What if you was a muslim or middle easter decent? Are we not playing this game to kill Taliban fighters? The very thing you are talking about is censorship because of your feelings. That is the most anti American thing you could do in my opinion. Lets prohibit any game from having a pony in it because somewhere - somehow a kid got killed from one. Simply put - you Son died for his Country. Your familyi will have grief. But your child CHOOSE to fight. Same as my friends who got killed. For your sake why don't we just go back to playing Pong to save your feelings from being hurt.
  • Ranger313 - August 18, 2010 1:54 a.m.

    Dont put medal of honor in a corner.
  • flustercuck - August 18, 2010 12:41 a.m.

    First off, I'm a vet that served a year in Iraq, secondly, I'm really looking forward to playing MOH. And everybody stop bashing Fox News. If CNN or MSNBC did this story nobody would be trying to kill the messenger.
  • bschroth - August 17, 2010 7:40 p.m.

    While her loss is great, how exactly does Medal of Honor the videogame entertainment software make it worse? Free will exists because of people like her son being out there risking their lives. She's fighting against the very thing he was fight for, free fucking will god damnit!! I think everyone needs to know they do not have the right to go through life unoffended. Especially for something that one would have to own a tv, console (or pc), the game, a place to play it, electricity, everything. Fuck this lady, and sorry for your loss.
  • CAPST3R - August 17, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    @JACK_BURTON; Strangely enough, I rarely have more than 2 tabs open, and have no idea what an RSS feed is. You see the CVG links on GR? I follow them. Any gaming site I go to for news, excluding CVG and GR, I find through links... on GR. You'd do well to not take any opinion (which, by the way, stated undeniable fact) as a hostile statement. In fact, you could learn a thing or two from y2kpikachu12, you see his reply? Simple, yet it does exactly what I think you were trying to do; provide an explanation. Also, aren't the campaigns from COD4 and MW2 entirely fictional and unrelated to the wars going on in the middle-east? Because I'm pretty sure that you're fighting Russians and the like there...
  • SolarPoweredShitMachine - August 17, 2010 7:14 p.m.

    What about people who don't live in (or care about) America? At least this gives us some variety...
  • tayls - August 17, 2010 6:22 p.m.

    Is this really a controversy? The only difference between playing as a Taliban member and an American soldier in the game will be the outfit...would they rather it just be Red vs. Blue?
  • joemoreheroes - August 17, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    Who wants to bet that this is another one of EA's tasteless advert schemes for another one of their M rated titles? It isn't new for them and wouldn't be that far fetched. Anyway thank you mr news man. This is a good thing for gaming when it is reconized and defended on the news. It has come a long way. The news defended gaming. But gamers will still bitch. these cases will gain tracktion. deal with it. At least we are being defended
  • akapellah21 - August 17, 2010 4:15 p.m.

    Better being a member of the Taliban in the game than in reality. I mean, that's just me
  • WouldYouKindly - August 17, 2010 4:01 p.m.

    I don't support a war where computer programs are forced to shoot other computer programs. IT'S A GAME. CALM DOWN AND REPORT REAL NEWS.
  • gunslingerbil - August 17, 2010 3:14 p.m.

    er i dont want to sound like a dick,but arent US solders killing taliban too? O.o i dont hear taliban complaining :D
  • Genius - August 17, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    If that woman truly believes that those who play these games aren't able to distinguish between the reality of death and destruction on a battlefield and having a fun time with friends playing a video game, then I weep for her loss of sanity. Also, how come they only freak when gamers are killing virtual Americans?
  • JaFoolySoCooly - August 17, 2010 1:57 p.m.

    So it's ok to shoot brown people but Americans are a no-no?
  • fallenink - August 17, 2010 12:45 p.m.

    ... but it aint real.
  • ComradeKhani - August 17, 2010 12:41 p.m.

    While I can see where this is stupid, i can see where they have a valid reason to be angry with the game. While I think MOH is great, it may have been a little risky to put the conflict in the current war in Afghanistan. Why do you think other games make up some dumb//ass conflict in a made up country thats identical to a current conflict?
  • neilbeforezod - August 17, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    How much do you want to bet that EA provided the Age/Demographic info to Fox? Not bashing Fox (well maybe a little), but EA seems to be on top of this one. They are obviously not trying to go the route of the (very intentional) "No Russian" controversy. They never seemed to push the Taliban multiplayer option as some new envelope pushing feature. If anything the gaming press are the ones that pushed and sensationalized the story. This kind of good PR work/damage control could have gotten Six Day in Falluja out the door.
  • TheBoz - August 17, 2010 11:52 a.m.

    Oh silly me, the woman has never played the game and just having a moan to spoile everyone else's fun. Get a grip and get a life, life is for the living. Noone makes anyone join the forces and fight in the middle East. To join up and fight for oil you have to accept their is some risk of getting killed and one we all accept. Did this same woman complain about games where you play as the Yanks a decade ago when Americans were well known for friendly firing upon British Tanks in the gulf? Then again, idiots like this bring attention to games like this and will only encourage the gaming public to create mods in this taste. It would be novel to play a GAME as a terrorist as opposed to an American oppressor saving the world, be it intergalactic forces attacking the US of A and no other part of the globe, or America protecting the weak against the evil. Personally I think games set in the middle east are boring. Give me a jungle or a tropical island any day to drab brown environments.
  • TheBoz - August 17, 2010 11:42 a.m.

    Let me get this straight, someone is suffering a loss of a loved one and playing a war game is upsetting. WHY ON EARTH DONT YOU JUST NOT PLAY THE WAR GAME!!!!!! We should not even be in the Middle East, my taxes are paying to destroy lives and have done for decades with us meddling in others' affairs. Personally I love to fight against the Yanks in computer games, and at the end of the day, there is no difference playing as the Taliban or as the Nazis. Did Fox complain about all these flight sims over the past 20 years where you can fly the Nazi aircraft. If you are offended by something, do not go out of you way to seek it and the complain. Do you think the loved ones to Ayrton Senna played Super Monaco GP2 the day after he got killed and then complained about it? Or someone that has had their car stolen to play GTA within a couple of hours and then complained to Rockstar? Pathetic, people really are pathetic. I feel for someone who has had a loss, but life is for the living, and I do not hear these same voices complaining about dipictions of bombing Pakistan or jokes about Saddam or Bin Laden. Pathetic hypocritical propaganda. That's all it is!
  • Hammerburst - August 17, 2010 11:39 a.m.

    also, DEM DARN TERRORISTS ARE CUNTROLLIN' OUR VIDEEEO GAMES D:

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