Medal of Honor is an upcoming fps in the Medal of Honor series, being developed by Danger Close.
The online mode has sparked controversy when it was revealed that in this mode players may play as the Taliban. The developers responded by stating the reality of the game necessitated it. "Most of us have been doing this since we were 7 -- if someone's the cop, someone has to be the robber, someone's gotta be the pirate and someone's gotta be the alien", Amanda Taggart, senior PR manager for EA, told AOL news. "In the Medal of Honor multiplayer, someone's gotta be the Taliban.
The UK Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox criticised the game in advance of its release stating 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". "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."
Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay has also criticized the game, saying he "finds it wrong that anyone, children in particular, would be playing the role of Taliban" and that "Canada and its allies have fought far too long in Afghanistan and it's not a game".
Danish vetarans were appalled by the game that takes place in the Helmand province where Danish troops are stationed. Danish Defense Minister Gitte Lillelund Beche finds it "tasteless" and supports Danish veterans who oppose the game. However she has said she won't legislate on the subject and has confidence in the ability of Danish youth to discriminate between right and wrong".
The US Army and Air Force Exchange Services has blocked the game from being sold on United States Military Bases.
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