EA Stops People From Calling Its Game A Taliban Simulation By Changing One Word

Posted: Oct 1 2010, 11:24am CDT | by , in News | Gaming


EA Stops People From Calling Its Game A Taliban Simulation By Changing One Word
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Shows just how stupid the controversy was

By the way some people reacted to EA's latest upcoming game Medal of Honor, you'd think it was all about committing terrorist attacks on US soil. But all EA needed to do was change one word to get everyone off its back.

Medal of Honor takes a realistic look at the war in Afghanistan and as such has put itself up for a lot of controversy. As with all of EA's historic-themed shooters, players are in the role of the good guys. They control US soldiers who must defeat the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

However, in multiplayer modes, one side has to be the enemy. Otherwise there's no point. So for online match-ups, one side is billed as the US and the other is listed as the Taliban.

At some point this idea exploded into the media with headlines about how player can control the Taliban and kill US soldiers. It led to an outcry among sensationalist media that actually caused some military officials to take a closer look.

EA was firm in its stance that everything was done with respect to US soldiers and there was nothing about the game that was in bad taste. But the headlines kept popping up.

So now, EA has buckled to the media pressure and removed references to the word "Taliban" in multiplayer matches. Instead of saying Taliban it will just now list the enemy side as "Opposing Force." There you go. Controversy over.

Kind of makes the whole thing look rather silly, doesn't it?

Via Kotaku

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