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Disbarred Florida attorney and anti-games activist Jack Thompson wants to halt the release of the new Medal of Honor title, which is scheduled to release on October 12. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Thompson criticizes the first-person shooter, arguing that it poses a ‘demonstrable danger to our troopers’ by providing training materials to insurgents. He also criticizes U.S. soldiers who helped produced the game as well as the ESRB.
An excerpt from Thompson’s letter:
With all respect for everything else on your plate, but as someone who has represented the surviving family members of such video game-caused massacres, I personally urge you, as Secretary of Defense, to do what is necessary, proper, and legal to stop the release of Medal of Honor on October 12 on the basis that it poses a demonstrable danger to our troops by providing a training tool for those who wish to kill them.
I would also strongly suggest that the Defense Department find out who these Special Ops people are who have acted so foolishly in this regard.
Finally, I believe the full weight of the federal government should come down upon Electronic Arts and the video game industry’s Entertainment Software Association for their allowing, presently and fraudulently, despite promises to Congress, the widespread pre-sale of this adult game to minors throughout the country and around the world.
The bombastic call to action follows Electronic Arts’ recent announcement that the playable ‘Taliban’ faction in the game’s multiplayer will be changed to the ‘Opposing Force.’ According to Greg Goodrich, executive producer for Medal of Honor, the decision was made due to feedback from “friends and families of fallen soldiers who have expressed concern over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of our game.”
However, Jack Thompson seems eager to take credit for the recent decision himself. Speaking to Ripten, Thompson said, “Sure. I win again, as usual. Any gamers who don’t think so and who don’t appreciate what I do to protect our culture can go to Hell.”
As usual, Thompson’s disdain for gamers shines through in his closing statement. He continues, “and please add: Any gamers that don’t know how to get to Hell on an expedited basis, let me know, and I’ll send along the cheat code to get there more quickly.”
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