EA Games surrendering and removing the Taliban option from its Medal of Honor game has not satisfied those people who objected to it.
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service has said that it will not sell Medal of Honor even after EA removed the Taliban from the game and replaced it with “Opposing Force.”
Major General Bruce Casella announced that due to the inclusion of the Taliban in the game, he would not allow the game to be sold on military bases. It cut access to the game from the 12.3 million soldiers and their families.
When this happened EA shrugged and said that the Taliban were the robbers in a game of cops and robbers, nothing more. But you would think that when the outfit capitulated and rewrote the code of the game to prevent mods from unlocking the original names, it would satisfy critics right?
Er, no. EA is finding out that people who complain about such things are rarely satisfied and will continue to moan.
Casella told Kotaku that the game still contained ongoing, real-life events presented as a game, and therefore cannot be flogged on army bases.
If EA had stuck to its guns, it could have found considerable support and used the Army’s anger to help market Medal of Honor. Instead it has now started to look a bit spineless and dumb to its customers. Having a product “banned by the US Army for being too realistic” is better to have on the shelves than having a game “censored to satisfy no-one”.
The would-be censors included the British Minister of Defence Liam Fox who wanted the game banned because it depicted the killing of British troops, something which was the American’s job. Unfortunately for Fox the trailer for the game showed US soldiers being killed by Taliban, and it appears that Fox could not tell the difference.