The saga of Medal of Honor goes on. As we reported on Friday, Electronic Arts bowed to pressure from various critics and decided to remove the name "The Taliban" from MoH's multiplayer. This apparently isn't good enough for the U.S. Military. Our armed forces have declined to lift a ban on the title at The Exchange, the chain of stores located on its bases.
“Out of respect to those touched by the ongoing, real-life events presented as a game, Exchanges will not be carrying this product,” Maj. Gen. Bruce Casella, the commander of the U.S. Army & Air Force Exchange Service, said in a statement.
"Merchandising a product that presents depictions of American troops engaged in an active combat zone as a game could construed as inconsistent with the Exchange’s ongoing desire to treat its patrons, and their family members, with the respect their service warrants," Judd Anstey, a spokesman for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, told the Los Angeles Times.
I understand that you sign away certain freedoms when you join up with the military, but still, this is ridiculous. The men and women of the armed forces are called on to put their lives at risk to protect our freedoms, and yet they don't have the freedom to purchase the games they want at "official" stores? There's something so not right about that. Sure, you could order it from Amazon, but it's this principle of the thing that's important.
Rank and file soldiers are the most affected by the "real-life events" Casella mentions, and I doubt too many of them are against the right to buy a freakin' video game at their base stores. If you really don't like it, you don't have to buy it. Military people put their real lives and safety at risk all the time; if they want to blow off some steam by pretending to kill (or be) The Taliban or anything else, the powers-that-be should let them. In other words: Politics suck.
Anyway, the game comes out on October 12, and you'll be able to pick it up in local stores...as long as you don't live on a military base.
Source: The LA Times