WARNING: This post may contain material that can be considered fanboyish, mature language, and common sense. You have been warned.
With the recent backlash about a single name - Taliban, the media is giving much unneeded flack to the game industry. We as gamers should be appalled by the media, especially when they basically force a change in a video game that affects us all. Yeah its just a name, but forcing the change is a violation of our rights and freedoms to say what we want. We should be fighting the media, supporting our love of gaming and the proud men and women who make those games.
Now, looking back at other games there are many other nationalities that are labeled as the 'bad guy' in the game, Germans, Russians, Japanese, Religions, Gods, you name it. What makes the Taliban any different? Because they are killing Americans, thats why, the only reason why the media and moms who have nothing better to do, is complain about a game that you can kill Americans. Whoop-Dee-Fuckin'-Doo. But it is ok for Americans to kill every other nation. I see a double standard here, dont you my fellow gamers?
What should we do about the name change, you ask - I think we should rise up, and speak our mind to the media, contact EA and tell them we want the Taliban in the game, it is their right to have it and they should not listen to the controversy, or the media about the matter, it is us, the gamers, the ones who support them financially that should have the final say, not some news source that just wants ratings, it should not be some woman who has never picked up a controller in her life, it should be the gamers, no one else. WHOS WITH ME?
From this point on, I want every one of you to help bring this game back to the way the devs wanted it, whether it be contacting the devs, or contacting the media and express the right the devs have to freedom of speech, the freedom to do as they want. This is OUR territory, we will not let them take it from us.
This pleases me.
The guys at EA must have a massive headache lol
If we could be Nazis in CoD multiplayer, I don't understand why playing as the Taliban is so wrong.
You totally miss the point
"What makes the Taliban any different? Because they are killing Americans, thats why, the only reason why the media and moms who have nothing better to do, is complain about a game that you can kill Americans. Whoop-Dee-Fuckin'-Doo. But it is ok for Americans to kill every other nation. I see a double standard here, dont you my fellow gamers? "
So your saying Americans don't die in say Modern Warfare where they get tactically nuked? They don't die when their country gets invaded in MW2. Or BC2 or Any of the WW2 games or WW1 or Vietnam or any other freaking game that has American soldiers in it. Americans die in plenty of games this is a dumb point. You kill plenty of them in online games as well...
The reason it hits home is that 10 days ago 4 US service members were killed. In a war that is STILL going on
That is why it's touchy. It's not History yet and it's not that it's "Americans" because believe me as a former US service member who fought in Iraq I find the fact that they were trying to make a game as realistic as possible to current events to be very honorable of my fallen brethren and friends. It's very touchy and the Media just needs something to latch onto when their bucket runs low. I can guarantee you if a nuke went off in Siberia or a Earthquake killed hundreds of people in Asia right now this would have been overlooked in a heart beat. It's just something to entertain people.
I do believe it's the medias fault but again I don't agree with you
"forcing the change is a violation of our rights and freedoms to say what we want"
Did you make the game? Are you a producer or investor? What "Rights" are you talking about exactly? The right to have someone make you a product? Free speech is a privilege that should not be used simply because you can use it. It should be used to tell the truth for the right reasons. I said it earlier I don't think the US army invaded EA studios with 100 media outlets and started pointing guns "Forcing" EA and Dice to change stuff. I believe they all decided it was in the best interests of the company and everyone else to look more into what could be a touchy subject. A potentially hurtful subject and reevaluate their choices. So they did. Is it going to detract from the game? I don't think so. They are a business and made a business decision. Why is this a bad thing again?
Whose to say the dev's haven't interviewed people who were hurt by the current situations in the Middle East and decided to change it themselves. The problem with your blog is you assume too much and don't really know. People can have a change of heart and I believe thats what happened. I'll still be buying it either way. Looks like fun.