Medal of Honor drops Taliban name out of respect for fallen soldiers

Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this coming. EA has dropped the Taliban name from its upcoming shooter Medal of Honor. The publisher has seemingly bowed to the pressure of the hundreds of pieces of correspondence it's received from people in the military and the families of soldiers who’ve been killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.

In a recently released statement, the game’s executive producer Greg Goodrich states the name of the terrorist group was dropped out of respect for friends and families of fallen soldiers. The Taliban will now be known as Opposing Force in the game.

"In the past few months, we have received feedback from all over the world regarding the multiplayer portion of Medal of Honor. We have received 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.” Goodrich says.

He continues: “This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force.”

Setting the series reboot in the Afghanistan conflict was always going to be controversial, so we can’t say we’re surprised by the developments. What do you think about the whole affair? Were EA right to respect the wishes of those who’ve been affected by the Afghanistan War? Should it have stuck to its guns and kept the Taliban name in? Do you even care about Medal of Honor? Give us your thoughts in the comments section.

Source: CVG

Oct 1, 2010

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  • sokolske - October 10, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    Ea is making drama for this game cuz they no it suks. Everyone is going to buy and say it was a bad game and give it bak. Like mw2 but a hell lot worse. Second bad company 2 is a shit load better than this crap. Thrid look at fuking black ops!!!!! it comes out in less than a month. Dont spend 60 bucks on a game that was shut down for 3 or 4 yrs and has no experience or research like black ops. And also theres duke nukem forever. Heard to be the best game in the universe. So have petients and dont buy this game. That money can go for the next gen consoles that will cost u 700 or 800 bucks.
  • silentassassin51 - October 6, 2010 7:23 a.m.

    Yeah this is kinda bunk. You'll still be a terrorist organization killing American Soldiers. Not to sound insensitive but honestly just because the conflict happened in such recent history doesn't mean it didn't happen. We fought a war against these people. It's a fact. Renaming them doesn't change anything. It's not going to prevent you from getting a killstreak when you play as "Op For." In this game and in games like COD it's all just so much butter. You're killing for fun. That's all any gamer really cares about in game.
  • Djoxy - October 4, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    Why can they make milions of games where americans kill other nations. Call them ultranationalists, and even kill civilians. Why should the EA have respect to those?
  • starhaw - October 3, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    I read nearly all the comments on here and I agree with what everyone is saying (on both sides), although I do think the WORD Taliban is just a word...see look..I'm gonna say it TALIBAN TALIBAN TALIBAN TAL-I-BAN!!!!!! I offended? no, are my FRIENDS who are over in afghan right now offended? no, they care? no....its just a stupid word. what I don't like that I'm seeing in these comments is how people ASSUME its AMERICA as a whole that changed this...its had to of been what a few thousand people who didn't like this SO PLEASE stop calling THE US of A stupid, and stop calling americans pussies, ITS not all of our faults, heck I read somewhere that some people from Britian also complained about the word Taliban as well soo its not just THOSE AMERICANS...way to put the blame on all when it was only a mere FEW who were complaining..
  • Zeb364 - October 3, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    Their Taliban or their nameless muslims of an opposing force in Afghanistan who speak arabic...who does that sound like? You're still fighting the Taliban, calling them something else doesn't change that. All it does is allow you deceive yourself into believing in some fake reality you've created for yourself. And those people who constantly assume that game developers do certain things just to be dicks and create controversy while applauding a director for doing the same thing claiming it to be a sensitive work of art can go fuck themselves. They are ridiculous, close minded, and refuse to even attempt a rational discussion on the matter. They believe what they believe and no level of rational discourse or amount of hard evidence will convince them otherwise. To try is nothing but a futile waste of time. The one and only response is "fuck you, fuck you in your stupid face".
  • Genericpenisjoketista - October 3, 2010 5:35 p.m.

    Hahahahahahahahahaha this game is going to suck. Don't you just love it how they try to play the "good-guy, sympathetic developer" card? If they had a backbone they'd just call it the Taliban. What are they afraid of? Oh, that's right. Lost sales.
  • ImSoHairy - October 3, 2010 7:01 a.m.

    It's funny how people use the old WW2 games as examples since the Nazis that you play as was never labeled "Nazis" at all! They were labeled as "Axis". Haha. Besides, it's just a name. If they changed it so the FAMILIES of soldiers who lost their lives won't be offended, that's fine. I mean, do you people really care that much about a name? Does changing the name offend you in anyway. The point is that it could offend the FAMILIES. Not the soldiers, but the families of deceased soldiers. Man, why are people so worked up about a name change. It was never about integrity, but decency.
  • SirManguydude - October 3, 2010 5:35 a.m.

    So its all right to call Nazis, Nazis, even though they killed millions of people, but hell no when it comes to Taliban. I am disgraced with how stupid America has become.
  • soccerclownking - October 3, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    And it's a shame too, cause in like 542 years when the Planet Reach is invaded, Bungie is going to have to change the name of the Covenant to "Space Invaders" so it doesn't upset any of the Spartan's families.
  • soccerclownking - October 3, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    I'm seeing a trend here... PUSSIES!
  • gibsonend - October 2, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    Nothing says "Giant Vagina" like caving into pressure from a bunch of conservative shitheads!
  • musashi1596 - October 2, 2010 6:34 p.m.

    Just to settle the comments ridiculing the name 'Opposing Force', the name refers to an actual group (Often called OpFor) that act as the enemy during military training operations.
  • GangsterJew92 - October 2, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    This is stupid. Movies get to call them Taliban all the time. EA wasn't trying to disrespect anyone in the military, or their families and friends. They were trying to depict a real conflict that occured in 2001 and is still occurring today. But the media still thinks games rated Mature (which says only appropriate for ages 17+) are for children, and until that incorrect assumption goes away, no game will be able to depict something going on in the world.
  • seanpolley - October 2, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    so......the best name they could come up with was....."opposing force"? You've got to be kidding.
  • sporty - October 2, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    this just sounds crap now, EA had to pussie out. they use Taliban in movies why not in this game
  • sokolske - October 2, 2010 12:02 p.m.

    ur talking bout medal of honor??? i dont like that game cuz sure its made by dice and ea but bad company 2 simply was better because it had its own type of gameplay unlike medal of honor it combines cod and bad company 2 not a good combo. wat they both should be doning is bringing back the old battles fields and made them to ps3/360 editions. Also ea has to get there ass to work by bringing hd editons of the burnout series create a sequel to ssx and down hill domination which were ea bigs best games.
  • Clovin64 - October 2, 2010 9:59 a.m.

    I do understand the position of those that complained and I pefectly understand the ethical concerns (and agree with them to an extent), but really...what difference does the name change make? If people are upset that 14 year old boys will be playing as Taliban forces shoting at US troops, then what difference does the name change make to this? Those same 14 year olds will still be playing as TERRORISTS shooting at US TROOPS so I fail to see what this name change actually acomplishes.
  • Syncmaster - October 2, 2010 3:59 a.m.

    EA, grow some balls. really, you dont wanna give credit to anyone that is proud to send a son to a war, with real bombs and stuff. those ppl are just brainwashed
  • Cwf2008 - October 2, 2010 3:37 a.m.

    That's bullshit. They should've kept the name as a giant FUCK YOU to anyone who wastes time arguining about this
  • freddyqaqualung - October 2, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    Ridiculous that a name change was all it took to silence this controversy.

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