Military bans sale of violent video game

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Military bases across the U.S. have banned the sale of a new video game that lets a player pretend to be a Taliban fighter and "shoot" U.S. troops.

"Medal of Honor" by Electronic Arts, a major game developer based in Redwood City, Ca., hits stores Oct. 12.

But after public protests, including one by British Defense Secretary Liam Fox, U.S. military officials decided not to stock the game in any of the nearly 300 service exchange shops on bases across the country.

Gamers are scoffing at the decision, saying that advanced technology has made it commonplace in the gaming world to let a player switch sides and play the bad guy.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Phillip Location: Augusta on Sep 9, 2010 at 03:02 PM
    Creating a game where you can kill US soldiers, especially in an environment where real US soldiers are currently fighting, is reprehensible. What's next EA? Making a Columbine shooter? How about playing the DC Sniper? Or a Night Stalker rpg? We are clearly lost as a nation if this does not faze us.
  • by Keith Location: Dalton, GA on Sep 9, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    I can see their decision as a combat vet. But also it is a game for entertainment. Its rated M probaly but ignorant parents will go buy this for their 13 yr old kid without knowing what it is. Start fining the stores selling to kids that is where the problem is, and maybe teach some parenting skills. Kids dont need to be in front of a monitor playing a game they need to be outside running around.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2010 at 07:05 AM
    cindy if you want a gameroom at a pizza joint that caters to children then go to chucky cheese, the gamerooms at stevie b's and dave and busters are for both grown folks and children.
  • by Steel rain on Sep 9, 2010 at 02:41 AM
    This is stupid. Combat vet also and I will still buy the game.
  • by Dr Strange Location: Evans on Sep 9, 2010 at 02:18 AM
    Great day,there are hundreds of games where you can kill members of all nations.... this is going too far.
  • by Cindy Location: Martinez, GA on Sep 9, 2010 at 01:48 AM
    I quit eating at Stevi B's pizza on Washington Road years ago because in their game room they had a video game for kids to be the bad guy & shoot at our American planes. When I complained to the management, I was told it was a popular game & they would not do anything about it. I have no idea if it's still there or not.
  • by TK3 on Sep 8, 2010 at 06:58 PM
    They must be scared "other side" will get a copy for training use. Time to get out and let the locals sink or swim.
  • by ZMAN Location: Martinez on Sep 8, 2010 at 03:27 PM
    Come on people it's a game and I am a Combat veteran...
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