Defence Secretary Liam Fox has urged shops to ban “Medal of Honor” computer game. Medal of Honor, is due to be released in October, is based on the war between allied forces and the Taliban. Players get to choose sides; either play as NATO forces or as the Taliban. A clip on YouTube shows a Taliban soldier fighting in southern Helmand province, where UK forces are based.
According Mr. Fox said, “It’s shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of Taliban. At the hands of Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands. I am disgusted and angry. 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.”
A spokeswoman for EA said, “The format of the new Medal of Honor game merely reflects the fact that every conflict has two sides. We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of us have been doing this since we were seven: someone plays the cop, someone must be robber. In Medal of Honor multiplayer, someone’s got to be the Taliban.”