Medal Of Honor's War On Terror Hits Controversy City
It was bound to happen. In fact, we're honestly surprised it took this long.
Because the new Medal of Honor involves the current war on terror, and there is the option to play as the Taliban, it was inevitable that EA's title would garner plenty of controversy and criticism. The first to latch on has been a member of the Gold Star Moms, who voiced her displeasure on Fox News; you can watch the Fox and Friends video below and draw your own conclusions. A woman who lost her son in Afghanistan, Karen Meredith, had this to say:
"War is not a game period. Right now we are going into a really really bad time in Afghanistan. We've just come off the worst month of casualties in the whole war and this game is going to be released in October. So families who are burying their children are going to be seeing this and playing this game. I just don't see that a video game based on a current war makes any sense."
We find it interesting that she specified the fact that the war is "current," and that we never heard any such controversy during years and years of shooters based on World War II. ...as usual, time heals and somehow makes things okay for everyone. But anyway, EA has responded to this whole mess with the following official statement:
"Medal of Honor is set in today's war, putting players in the boots of today's solder. We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of having been doing this since we were seven. If someone's the cop, someone gotta be the robber, someone's gotta be the pirate and someone's gotta be the alien. In Medal of Honor multiplayer, someone's gotta be the Taliban."
Unsurprisingly, Meredith believes that's an unfair analogy and although the Fox reporter does mention that the average age of the gamer who will purchase Medal of Honor is in their mid-to-late 30s, Meredith doesn't budge. She simply says she doesn't see the need for such a game in the first place, and cites more sensitive publishers like Atomic Games, who decided not to publish Six Days in Fallujah and Sony, who didn't produce a game called Shock and Awe.
We will only add one additional bit of commentary: we would like to point out that, in our eyes, the most important individuals in such controversy are those who are risking their lives; i.e., the very individuals we are playing as (or against). That being said, EA collaborated with the military and Tier 1 operators to make Medal of Honor authentic and true-to-life; those directly involved with the war on terror voluntarily and enthusiastically lent their time. If they don't feel offended or uncomfortable about this - the very people we owe so much to, and those who really are respected in the campaigns of most games - then we're fine. How's about you?
Related Game(s): Medal of Honor
8/15/2010 8:48:14 PM Ben Dutka