UK official criticize video game with Taliban role

“Tasteless product” is the term that Britain’s defense secretary used to describe a video game that allows players to adopt the role of a Taliban.

Liam Fox is calling the retailers to show their support for the troops and chose not to sell the game. The secretary also said that he was “disgusted and angry” by “Medal of Honor” , produced by Electronic Arts Inc.

“At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands. It’s shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban against British soldiers,” he said in a statement. “It’s hard to believe any citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un-British game. I would urge retailers to show their support for our armed forces and ban this tasteless product.”

Electronic Arts did not immediately respond to e-mails from the press, but spokeswoman Amanda Taggart said that the game’s format “merely reflects the fact that every conflict has two sides.”

“We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of us have been doing this since we were seven: someone plays cop, someone must be robber,” the newspaper quoted her as saying. “In Medal of Honor multiplayer, someone’s got to be the Taliban. Nobody who plays video games is going to be shocked or surprised by this.”

Amanda also said that playing as an “enemy” is not a new feature in video games. Other games have the same perspective of playing, few examples are “Grand Theft Auto”, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2″, and many others…

The new game “Medal of Honor” is scheduled to be released this year in October.

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Posted by W.Souser on Aug 23 2010. Filed under Business, Featured News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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