Saturday, October 2, 2010
Medal of Honor take "Taliban" Out
As I've mentioned in this blog a few times before, I'm not much of a first person shooter player. To me, they are all the same. The world you are in may be different or prettier, the guns may be different, but in the end, it's still just a swaying gun that you somehow have coming out of your chest shooting, while looking for keycards (or something of their ilk) to get you to the next level. It's like each game is a different skin of the same Doom concept (actually, I believe Wolfenstein 3d was the original game, but that for another post), as the old saying goes, a "Doom-clone".
Anyway, Medal of Honor has always been one of the bigger series in this run of clone games. The most recent title, Black Ops, was supposed to have the Taliban in it, which in my mind was a little tasteless. Dramatizing such a group for the purpose of sales and the want to be controversial is really tasteless, actually. While there is the whole "immersion" thing going for games these days, in this humble bloggers opinion, there is that line of going to far. How long until Osama Bin Laden gets his own multiplayer character?
To me , this is less about sheltering children from violent games and more having a respect for the lives of people who the Taliban have touched in an adverse way.
Thankfully, EA has renamed the Taliban in the game, and all will be well in the world. After many stores had pulled the Medal of Honor games from their shelves, mind you. The almighty dollar speaks again. :) This time though, in a good way.