Medal of Honor Controversy

Posted: September 7, 2010
Medal of Honor Controversy

After criticism over Medal of Honor allowing gamers to play as a member of the Taliban, GameStop and the US Military have pulled the game from store shelves in protest for American soldiers. Kevin Pereira and Adam Sessler discuss the issue of banning video games over controversial content. It's a delicate and precarious situation indeed.


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  • FalconChief222

    IMO, this won't affect sales THAT much. When Halo 3 came out, I went to the BX to get it, but they didn't have it. So I drove into town to get it. The only place this will really make a dent is US Military bases in Europe. Troops will have to travel further to try and get their hands on the game.

    Posted: September 8, 2010 2:02 AM
  • ralphieb

    As a veteran of the military, I personally think that no matter if the military banned this game on their bases is going to affect EA's sales. There is this little thing called the "internet" where people can buy games if they can't find a particular game (MOH) at a store (gamestop).
    @bottledcan: Sorry to here about your experiences and your losses, and I do respect your opinion about people joining the military and how they would feel afterward about the game. However, I have friends who have been there and back, and they have no problem playing video war games, this one in particular. It is a matter of preference to the individual, not the group thinking. A video game is just that, a game. P.S.-Olivia is leaving, go watch the Daily Show.

    Posted: September 7, 2010 11:46 PM
  • bottledcan

    I have been in the Army National Guard for 16 years and have already been to both Iraq and Kuwait, and am supposed to go to Afghanistan in 2012. The only reason I ever even started watching this show is while flipping through 1 of the 8 channels available in Iraq, on channel AFN X-TRA, I saw how hot Olivia looked dressed as anime and video game characters on the 2008 Halloween episode, and have been watching the show ever since. I am totally against this game even being made, let alone just banned on US military bases. For all you gamers who think this game is so great, why don't you move out of your parent's basement and join the military, and enjoy the game for real and it see how much fun it is being shot at, mortared and have rockets fly at your camp with out warning at all times of day and night or how you feel after some of your friends were murdered by a roadside bomb set up by an enemy to cowardly to actually face you, and then come back and tell me what you think of this game!

    Posted: September 7, 2010 11:30 PM
  • pj48

    Have to agree with DVB2000, some things are beyond the pale.

    Posted: September 7, 2010 8:54 PM
  • DVB2000

    Will the game allow you to use child suicide bombers to destroy cafes, and decapitate your prisoners on live TV for xbox live achievements?

    Posted: September 7, 2010 8:06 PM
  • oliver.lima237

    I just got back from afghanistan two weeks ago and I have had a far share of run-ins with members of the Taliban, as well as losing a friend of mine. That was the real thing, and this is just a video game. I think most people in the military know the difference, and I expect everyone who has played Call Of Duty or any game in the genre to play Medal of Honor. I know that I am personally looking forward to the release of the game.

    Posted: September 7, 2010 8:04 PM
  • moosebutton

    i think that the game should be sold on military bases, and bought by whoever wants it. people whould know what theyre buying before they get it. if they start playing the game and are all-of-a-sudden offended by the taliban part, thats on them. they can just turn off their console. humans come packaged with curiosity, a taste for new things, and get this....their very own personalities and ideas! not all soldiers are the same.

    Posted: September 7, 2010 7:48 PM
  • Raydogg128

    Like I had seen one person post via Twitter (it showed up while I was watching AOTS), the people running AAFES (Army Air Force Exchange Service) should have at least asked the military members that frequent the GameStops on the bases, and then made the decision. (Also, my mother works for AAFES, and we both agree, they should have asked first. Oh, and Mr. Sessler, the person who oversees AAFES is a high-ranking military member, so they might have done this to keep from catching too much flak from some military families.)

    Posted: September 7, 2010 7:08 PM
  • Spyder_V

    Agree with Kevin. It's a game and you can choose not to play/buy it if you disagree with the content.

    Posted: September 7, 2010 7:06 PM
  • Cessate

    This is the same BS that Modern Warfare 2 had. Cities/States/Provinces will take issue with it, but in the end, the game will still come out, people will still buy it, and it'll all blow over in less than a month.

    The media is simply causing more crap and trying to blame games as per usual.

    Posted: September 7, 2010 6:50 PM
  • XxProxofxgamingxX

    i think they should be able to play and if they don't like it cause they think its inappropriate for dont play it then thats what i think

    Posted: September 7, 2010 6:42 PM