EA Folds: Now your fake American troops will be killed by “Opposing Forces”, so everything’s A-OK.
Modern warfare is the World War 2 of the 2000s. The latest in the now seemingly endless line of “Let’s shoot dudes in the middle east” games is EA’s Medal of Honor; COD and BFBC2’s fucked up stepchild who shows signs of learning disabilities in its early aptitude tests, but may still graduate high school someday anyway. surprisingly, the biggest controversy in the game’s development hasn’t been that the beta was…well… bad, and was very coldly received, but that the fact that you play as the Taliban themselves is a thing.
Let’s be honest. We’ve been playing as the Taliban since Counter Strike. I’m sorry, I don’t care if you name your vaguely middle easten terror cell “Terrorists” or “The Powerpuff Jihad”. If it smells like a Tali, looks like a Tali, derps like a tali, and blows itself up like a Tali, it’s a Tali. Difference is EA had the balls out come out and say “Hey, it’s the Taliban. This is, you know, actual war.”.
Well, people didn’t like that. So now This.
In the past few months, we have received feedback from all over the world regarding the multiplayer portion of Medal of Honor. We’ve received notes from gamers, active military, and friends and family of servicemen and women currently deployed overseas. The majority of this feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. For this, the Medal of Honor team is deeply appreciative.
However, we have also received feedback from friends and families of fallen soldiers who have expressed concern over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of our game. This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team. This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force.
While this change should not directly affect gamers, as it does not fundamentally alter the gameplay, we are making this change for the men and women serving in the military and for the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice – this franchise will never willfully disrespect, intentionally or otherwise, your memory and service.
To all who serve – we appreciate you, we thank you, and we do not take you for granted. And to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines currently serving overseas, stay safe and come home soon.
Medal of Honor
Alright, so let’s be clear. I support out troops. Without doubt or hesitation. I support them and respect a lot of them. However, frankly, I think this is the most needless, undeserved change ever. Regardless of the name, gameplay has not changed. You are still playing as an unnamed (Opposing Force? Seriously?) arab terrorist organization killing American troops. I don’t see what the lack of a name changes. Changing it so as not to disrespect the men and women out there fighting, or the ones who have died?
Dude, again. A horse is a horse, even if you paint it to look like a Zebra. You’re still killing who you’re killing as the opposing force, I don’t see how this is any more ‘respectful’, and frankly, I didn’t see it as ‘disrespect’ in the first place. The problem with the Taliban thing wasn’t respect, it was the fact that men who have been and who are in active service are uncomfortable with the game due to PTSD effects and whatever else. This is ok, this I can respect. Don’t buy the game, don’t distribute it on Military property, whatever. But ultimately, nothing has changed.
Ugh, I don’t even know where I’m going with this anymore, but this all seems really dumb.