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PostSubject: Liam Fox defends call for ban of Medal of Honor game   Mon 23 Aug - 23:20

Britain's Defence Secretary Liam Fox has defended his comments calling on retailers to ban the forthcoming Medal of Honor video game from their stores. On Sunday, Mr Fox said he was "disgusted" by the game, which allows players to adopt the role of the Taliban in the Afghan war. The game's publishers Electronic Arts said the minister had portrayed parts of the game inaccurately. The government said Dr Fox was expressing a "personal view". A spokesperson for Dr Fox said he "stood by" his comments.

"The point remains that part of this game allows you to play the part of the Taliban attacking ISAF troops in the area of central Helmand where British troops are operating."

On Sunday, Dr Fox said that it was "shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban against British soldiers"."At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands," he said. "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."

An Electronic Arts spokesman said the game "does not allow players to kill British soldiers". "No British troops feature in the game," he said. The Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has distanced itself from the minister's comments. "Dr Fox was expressing a personal view and we understand why some people might find the subject matter of the game offensive."There is a ratings system in place which exists to categorise games appropriately. In this case, the game in question is rated 18 so should only be sold to, and played by, adults."There is a clear choice for consumers which they can exercise when making decisions about purchasing video games."

Earlier this year, Frank Gibeau, the president of Electronic Art's game label, told BBC News he was aware that the game could cause controversy and had taken steps to minimise this."That was the big risk with this project," he said.It was one that we took a thoughtful approach to, in that a lot of current soldiers are advising us on the game to ensure it is authentic and realistic." The game, set for release in October 2010, is the latest in a long-running series by Electronic Arts. It is the first time the game has dispensed with its World War II theme, instead opting to recreate combat in the ongoing war in Afghanistan.The revamped title follows a number of soldiers serving under the National Command Authority in Afghanistan during the 2001 war. Later missions allow players to adopt the role of US Army rangers.It is the multi-player version of the game - in which players can play as Taliban insurgents - that has sparked controversy in the UK and the US. A spokesman for EA said: "Medal of Honor is a highly authentic depiction of the soldier's experience in Afghanistan - matching US forces against the Taliban in today's war.

"In multi-player, teams assume the identities of combatants on both sides of the conflict""Many popular video games allow players to assume the identity of enemies, including Nazis and terrorists. In the multi-player levels of Medal of Honor, teams will assume the identity of both US forces and the Taliban."It is not the first time a game has provoked controversy.In 2009, MP Keith Vaz called for a ban on a blockbuster video game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, because of the portrayal of violence. He was particularly incensed by a scene in which undercover soldiers posed as terrorists and were asked to help shoot civilians


When I first heard they were actually calling the enemy the Taliban I was a bit surprised but then Russia invaded the USA in MW2 and Nazis killed US/UK troops in the old COD/MOH games so what’s the difference?

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PostSubject: Re: Liam Fox defends call for ban of Medal of Honor game   Mon 23 Aug - 23:22

Ok that is kind of bad being able to play as the Taliban.
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PostSubject: Re: Liam Fox defends call for ban of Medal of Honor game   Tue 24 Aug - 0:02

hmmm, the term 'history is wriiten by the victors' comes to mind here. we cannot assume we are the only ones taking offence here. children and wives have lost people to british forces, in fact a lot more than the british. and what the fuck does 'british' and 'un-british' mean anymore? i see no problem with this game at all, how are the taliban being protested against more than nazis as well? yes i did just defend the taliban slightly but in the same way i would defend the Great Plains Idians, The Celts or the true british as we are all really decendants of the vikings lol
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PostSubject: Re: Liam Fox defends call for ban of Medal of Honor game   Tue 24 Aug - 0:45

very good point, Ash. i agree that people should make their own decision of if they buy it or not, rather than being controlled by the government.
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PostSubject: Re: Liam Fox defends call for ban of Medal of Honor game   Tue 24 Aug - 7:13

Once again the goverment trying to ban a game.Whats the differce in playing as germans,russians.Look at the airport level in MW2.Its manhunt over again.How long will it be before medal of honour starts killing people. Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Liam Fox defends call for ban of Medal of Honor game   Tue 24 Aug - 7:40

Why do games get almost banned for things like this when we already have movies that are a lot worse?
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PostSubject: Re: Liam Fox defends call for ban of Medal of Honor game   Tue 24 Aug - 11:09

okay but Cod4/mw2 - u.s vs opfor (the taliban) whats the fucking difference, in my opinion im a human being and i know the difference between a game and real life, i dont need the governemt to tell me!
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PostSubject: Re: Liam Fox defends call for ban of Medal of Honor game   Tue 24 Aug - 20:36

Evanss_93 wrote:
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PostSubject: Re: Liam Fox defends call for ban of Medal of Honor game   Tue 24 Aug - 22:11

jcb94 wrote:
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