US military stores still not stocking Medal of Honor

Army & Air Force Exchange Service resolute despite EA dropping playable Taliban

The head of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service stores, which are the sole retail outlets on US army and air force bases around the world, has said it will still not be stocking EA's Medal of Honor, despite the publisher having removed the option to play as Taliban opposition in multiplayer.

The publisher changed the name of the non-US soldiers in multiplayer to 'opposing force' last week after MPs, soldiers and pressure groups accused it of being insensitive to fallen soldiers and glorifying the Taliban.

However, major general Bruce Casella has told Kotaku that the armed forces stores will still not carry the game.

"Out of respect to those touched by the ongoing, real-life events presented as a game, Exchanges will not be carrying this product," he said.

"While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, our position is consistent with the direction stated a month ago. I expect the military families who are authorised to shop the Exchange are aware, and understanding, of the decision not to carry this particular offering."

Medal of Honor remains the most pre-ordered title in the series' history, according to publisher EA.

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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D7 years ago
Fair play to them, they're their stores, they can do what they like. Yes, it's only a game, and yes, gamers have been able to play as terrorists for years, but (a) this was a bit close to home for them and (b) people can buy stuff elsewhere if they really want them.
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Aleksi Ranta Category Management Project Manager 7 years ago
Whats in a name? EA just got priceless free advertising for their product. EA is totally not caring if the Army & Air Force stores stock their game or not. They have done what was "the right thing" to do, got free marketing and will sell more games. Its a win in their book.
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David Stenow7 years ago
The US military has somewhere around 200 000 and 300 000 active personell stationed in bases around the world, and the core demographic for RTS games is highly represented in that group. Since EA pulled the "Taliban" wording for MoH multiplayer I'm sure they're not "totally not caring" about the Army and Air Force stores not carrying the game.
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Hugo Trepanier Game Designer, Behaviour Interactive7 years ago
Isn't that, to a certain extent, a form of censorship? I mean, it's one thing if the game hits close to home, but at the same time the army personnel is made of adults who would, you hope, be able to make that kind of decision for themselves. One always has the choice not to buy something, but when the government or some form of authority begins to decide what is available and what is not, I don't see this as something positive for anyone.

At least they're not banning the game completely :)
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