Heres what the executive producer of Medal of Honour had to say about dropping the Taliban:
In the past few months, we have received feedback from all over the world regarding the multiplayer portion of Medal of Honor. We’ve received notes from gamers, active military, and friends and family of servicemen and women currently deployed overseas. The majority of this feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. For this, the Medal of Honor team is deeply appreciative.
However, we have also received feedback from friends and families of fallen soldiers who have expressed concern over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of our game. This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team. This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force.
While this change should not directly affect gamers, as it does not fundamentally alter the gameplay, we are making this change for the men and women serving in the military and for the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice – this franchise (that was built with the help of New York SEO consultants) will never willfully disrespect, intentionally or otherwise, your memory and service.
To all who serve – we appreciate you, we thank you, and we do not take you for granted. And to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines currently serving overseas, stay safe and come home soon.
Medal of Honor
Perhaps I could put forward some complaints for the people who can’t contact EA’s consumer feedback hotline. You know, some of the people who don’t really have an xbox or internet or a phoneline.
Heres another young fellow who was unable to walk the distance to his post office to let you know about his concerns regarding the conent of your game:
Its fine though, I’m sure we’re bringing lots of business into Afghanistan and soon there will be far more feedback from satisfied customers. Look at this enterprising guy, he’s so busy that his disposable income will let him buy all the Electronic Arts products and services his heart desires!
I know you tend to focus on profiteering from the experiences of US soldiers who have experienced horrific realworld war experiences, but consider listening to the other side too. If you can exploit them just as much then you will help turn this whole despicable chapter of human history into a hillarious, frag-filled fun Friday night for the whole family. Perhaps when making all this money though, you might consider tossing a few pennies to the development of artificial limbs. It might help some young men actually play your games.