As Medal of Honor nears its release date, multiple figures of authority are speaking up and attempting to get the game banned. But, is it for the right reasons?
An excellent read and many valid points. There are books and have been movies about the current conflict in Iraq, and like he states in the article, they have not been banned. I'm not trying to act dumb or be naive here, but honestly I don't know why the government is reacting so hard on this!? There have been books, movies and previous games about war and you have been able to play both sides. I honestly don't get the dilemma.
They will never ban these type of games, next gen consoles will have a tight as stat tracker you watch illuminat find out who is good for this or that bribe/threaten your ass and have you work for them or die or live but i dont no the end is near though
@nycredude politics is everywhere @iamnsuperman clever guy i like u who wants a bet next gen the will make a game advertise it as some sort of army/steal what ever helped made by the milatary and it will be used for recruitment,
I hate MOH because it's multiplayer is just a BF:BC2 mod that makes the game play like COD.
this is simply a sign of the times. It's a really sensitive subject for Americans and other countries' solders and/or citizens that are involved in this conflict. In my opinion this is simply another form of expression. The developers have chosen this theater because if it's current position in the front of people's minds at this time. I'm not saying it's right or wrong for them to do so.
Its positive publicity for a bad situation for politicians....If they object to a current war game it makes them seem sympathetic to the war and the (non gaming) public will support them so for them good publicity......They will just say we want to ban games but they never will do it.... Certain games have been banned but games like this will not....Its all talk and no action that is how politics works
Seriously keep fucking politics far away from my games!!! If anything they should ban scumbag politicians!
considering the recent UK expenses scandal half of them should be in prison for fraud
People will cry for anything if you tell them too. Its just a game. There is no law against writing a book or playing a video game. There is nothing in Medal of Honor at all that offends me or should offend anyone else that exists. Its a war based game. Its going to have two sides and you are going to have those two sides fight it out online in multiplayer.
I don't agree with banning anything but portraying and trivializing a war that is going on RIGHT NOW is pretty dumb. At the very least it's insensitive and at the worst extreme some sort of war time propaganda. People have been put in prison or worse death for far less. I think EA made a mistake on not picking up on this aspect of the game. People are coming home in body bags every month in the countries mentioned in the article. If you had a family friend or member die recently in that war I don't think you would be happy about a video game portraying the battles and actually playing as the enemy against your home troops. All they had to do is call them a different name and there would be no debate. EA is lucky Obama ( Dem ) is in office and not a republican...it would be banned and they would be in Guantanamo for treason or something like that. It's like the whole ground zero debate...nobody is saying you can't build a mosque anywhere you want, it's just insensitive to build it at ground zero where so many Americans lost their lives in that attack.
Thousands upon thousands of lives were lost in WWII as well. Against an enemy far worse than the Taliban can ever be. Medal of Honor was always about protraying WWII with authenticity. Now that it's in present day, they are continuing that tradition as they should. I just think it would actually be a disservice to all those who fought and died by fictionalizing everything in order to be more "sensitive". BTW I am a Republican and I support this game.
" At the very least it's insensitive and at the worst extreme some sort of war time PROPAGANDA". Really?What about all the war movies about the on going conflict from the last eight years? The only difference between these movies and games is the "MEDIUM". If these movies are acceptable to American society, then to say that a game depicting the on going confict is insensitve and PROPAGANDA is hypocritical and ludacris. BTW , it's nothing like the ground zero debate either!
the more i hear about the military/political figures wanting to ban this game. THE MORE I WANT IT!
I thinking banning is wrong. However, I wouldn't buy it. My concience tells me it isn't cool to sit on my ass at home, making a fun game out of a current real situation where people are dying every day.
you play MW2?
No. The FPS or 3PS games I buy are very much in the world of fiction, not military simulation.
an awfully hard time trying to find a game to play...unless it's all sci-fi, futuristic stuff. The fact is that a lot of very prominent games are about "real situations". From Mafia to GTA, Red Dead Redemption to COD and MW...they all are based in reality (though most will take enough creative license to make it unique and fun). I respect your opinion and your right to play what you want...for whatever reasons. It is just my opinion that no one person is doing a disservice to himself, gaming, or our troops by playing this game. The disservice is that we don't see the truths until someone makes a movie, leaks something on Wikileaks, or speaks out despite the pressures to keep silent. Our news is censored to keep this war from having effect on our lives. Until we have someone in our lives that goes to this conflict, or know someone who has been killed. It's almost as though it isn't really happening...except for a few numbers on a crawler that you have to pay close attention to before you realize that someone has lost their lives. Overall, this is just one more avenue to tell a story...based in reality...and with full consent of the consultants that served in this conflict. Plus, as crazy as it sounds...I'd bet money that there are many service men in deserts waiting to kill some virtual Taliban ass.
It's the damn politicians & news journalists out there who have no interest in gaming that hate it.. Not the gamers! ... Why can't they realise that it's just a video game? At the end of the day, It's alot of fun to play & does no harm It's really not any worse than some of the films that have been released in the past. :(
I hate it because it sucks
Im sorry i forgot this game was out and you know everything about it.
I hate it because it has music from linkin park god i hate that band
The reasoning that you can be a Taliban for banning it makes little sense. How many movies, tv shows, books, etc have been made/set in Iraq or some other country we've been in recently? Why hasnt COD4, MW2, Battlefield, etc been banned?
I really like it. I also know a lot of other people who really like it. Day uno buy for me BTW, has anyone noticed that its only citezens/political figures who complain. I have not seen one military person(other than a really high rank) complain which is who we really should be listening to since theyre the ones fighting. Good article
One of the better articles I've read on this site. Video games are not the problem, they have a right to be as graphic and realistic as movies and books - the problem is the policing and enforcement of ratings, to prevent young children getting their hands on them. We don't seem to have any trouble preventing kids from watching graphic movies (most of the time), so why do we have so much difficulty in doing the same thing with video games?
IMO the main difference between games, vs. books & movies is the "game" aspect. A hard hitting book or movie about war is intended to make you feel the sadness & suffering. With video games it is, "Dude, I totally killed you, haha. That was fun!". Not preaching here, but just making an obervation.
The only reason anyone is pissed off about this is because EA chose to call the bad guys by their name, rather than a generic term like "OP FOR" or "Bad Guys." It's been said before but online deathmatches are like cops and robbers. If someone's gotta be the cops, then someone's gotta be the robbers. In CoD4, you're basically playing as Iraqis, but they don't call them that, so it's okay? All this boils down to is society at large's ignorance when it comes to games. Their ridiculous ideas are the real fucking tragedy here. Also, I agree with the AAFES "ban." Because one, it isn't a ban, AAFES asked Gamestop not to sell it on bases and Gamestop agreed out of respect for the military. It might not affect a lot of people, but a game that depicts an ongoing conflict being sold where people are directly affected by that conflict, is in poor taste. Another thing people seem to forget is that, with a few exceptions of remote bases, going into town to buy the game off-base isn't a big deal. It's not like you have to drive 3 hours just to buy the game. Should this be an issue, fuck no. But now that it is, Gamestop made the right decision by agreeing to AAFES request.
Word. i bet AAFES is being paid by Activision because Black Ops will be sold at those Gamestops on THOSE bases. America baby
In fact I will buy it day 1. Almost all of my friends as well. Can't wait.
Me too. Even gonna get the limited edition.
Then BAN COD BAN BATTLEFIELD. BAN VIETNAM,INFACT BAN MOST FPS GAMES. as most if not all fps games involve some kind of contrversy. like iraq. but dont see them games banned. its another case of trying damage a game from comming out because of something someone didnt like.and now its got out of controll. but if you think back to modernwarefare 2 there was contraversy there .did that get banned.im buying this game as the latest videos shows a major improovement to the game from the beta. if you dont like warfare dont play the games. BUT WAR IS THE REAL WORLD. PEOPLE DIE. HARSH BUT TRUE. you really think the goverments in every country gonna roll over play nice. there all currupt. and posssibly make the wars worse rather than better.
after playing the demo.. there is no need to wonder why many dont like (hate is to strong).... this is what I care about.. the game and gameplay, both of which sucked in the demo and regardless what the developers say.... I need a new demo to believe them.. no way am I going to buy this game
wat demo? i know there was an open beta which was obviously a mistake in many regards but im sure they have not released a demo yet
To me it's just a game. A work of fiction. Whether it's good or not comes down to the gameplay.
..and I think some people need to hit Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity". If you want to ban a game for being able to play as the Taliban, then you should also arrest and deport any actor that has portrayed an Islamic Extremist on American TV.... ..not gonna happen is it? I can almost hear some of you saying "well, that's different!" Is it really? You have actors portraying them on TV, and is playing as one in a game so much different? Pull your heads out and start finding something better to do with your time...because, contrary to popular belief, bitching is NOT productive,
Oh, I guess by "everyone" you mean you and your imaginary friend?
Taliban are not terrorist, they only defend their land from American occupation, US wants to take their oil and uranium... these taliban are also human beings they also have families. EA needs to make a single player with a real Taliban and show the other side of the truth. Please EA, We WANT TO PLAY AS AFGHANISTAN RESISTANCE against the real terrorists. it will be the best FPS game of all time!!!
I agreed because I see your point, but you should have worded this a little more carefully. American soldiers are fighting for what they believe is right, and Afghan soldiers are also fighting for what they believe is right. Nobody here can really be labeled as the "official" bad guy. We are all humans and have families at home. If someone shoots at you, you're going to shoot back. It doesn't matter who you are or where you live. This war needs to be over, too many people have died for no good reason. One man's enemy is another man's hero.
Poor soldiers from Taliban and US those stupid fat ass who stai all day long behind their 10000$ desk in the pentagon need be instead of those soldiers. and now they want to ban this game. idiots.
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