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‘Medal of Honor’ Yanked From Military Bases

Posted on Sep 2, 2010

American servicemen and -women stationed on U.S. Army and Air Force bases around the world won’t have the option of playing one video game in particular, Electronic Arts’ “Medal of Honor,” because it gives players the option of taking Taliban members as their avatars. But as the video posted below demonstrates, it’s not like video games themselves are a problem for the military, as they sure come in handy in the grooming process for would-be recruits.  —KA

Kotaku via Gawker:

The Army and Air Force Exchange Services has confirmed to Kotaku that they requested the game pulled from the 49 GameStops located on bases in the continent[al] U.S. The ban, an AAFES representative told Kotaku, also extends to all military PXs worldwide.

In an e-mail to employees, GameStop says the decision was made “out of respect for our past and present men and women in uniform.”

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By gamerdad, September 7, 2010 at 6:45 am Link to this comment
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“They train young men to drop fire on people, but won’t let them write “F*ck” on their airplane because, “it’s obscene”. Col. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.

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By Michael, September 5, 2010 at 6:49 am Link to this comment
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Why is that Timmy the Retard crap on my post above? The little dividing line isn’t there. I don’t want people thinking I posted anything that guy did. I still would like to know if Call of Duty:Modern Warfare is allowed.

Michael <—-signed to distinguish from anything below.

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By - bill, September 5, 2010 at 5:24 am Link to this comment

In other words, you have no actual refutation of this story to offer, so you’re attacking the messenger.


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By Praedor, September 4, 2010 at 11:35 am Link to this comment
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I’m military.  I’ve played Modern Warfare and all
the rest.  I enjoy playing 1st person
shooters/combat sims (and so do most of you…or
your kids).  A few comments on Modern Warfare:  I
played through the part where you are part of a
terrorist cell in Russia and go on a shooting
rampage in a Russian airport.  I couldn’t do it
(shoot up the civilians) even though the character
was supposed to be some “good guy” undercover
intelligence agent acting in support of his cover. I
shot over or next to civilians (even tried dropping
grenades next to the leader but that guy is
impervious even to grenades sitting down between his
legs). The ENTIRE episode is pointless for the game.
Your character is killed at the end of the whole
mess and nothing transfers to help win the rest of
the game.  A complete throw-away side mission so why
was it there but to show that “this guy is REALLY a
bad guy” (but what does that make you if you work
through and shoot up a shitload of civilians just to
protect your cover?).

There are other WWII games where you can play German
or Japanese soldiers.  Should these not be banned on
the same logic as banning the game that allows you
to play a Talibaner or some such?  Hell, the fact
that they’re banning the game now means I’m going to
get that one and play it.  I can guarantee you it
wont turn me into a Taliban or Al Qaeda sympathizer
or supporter whether or not I play the other
side…IT’S A FRICKIN’ GAME!  The same handwringing
going on about this is the same CRAP that was
spewing when Doom and Castle Wolfenstein came out -
“Oh my gawd!  It will turn our kids into gun-
wielding cold killing machines!”  Only that was, and
remains, total bullshit. 

So, the US military should take a breath and regain
reason and quit with the histrionics.  Same goes for
the anti-military knee jerkers here.

For the record:  I’ve always strongly opposed the
Iraq Debacle (illegal as hell invasion/war) and am
turning against the Afghanistan Debacle (because it
is now too little too late…the time to make that
justified fight turn out OK was absolutely lost in
2003 when all the oil-greedy eyes of DC turned to
Iraq and blew off Afghanistan.  Can’t unbreak the
coffee cup now.

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By Malcontent, September 3, 2010 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment

By PatrickHenry, September 3 at 7:24 pm

“I would like to see the U.S. Military revert to a low pay conscription of all U.S. teens for two years, than a mercenary army. 

Foreign policy is more rational when everyone has a dog in the fight.”

Funny how such notions become more and more sensible sounding as we grow older (preferably too old).

But, I agree it would (possibly) make people more politically engaged.

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By PatrickHenry, September 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment


The military serves an important role in catastrope management at a national guard level for the states.

The best money spent outside this nation is the delivery of blankets and food in an emergency than bombs and bullets.

I would like to see the U.S. Military revert to a low pay conscription of all U.S. teens for two years, than a mercenary army. 

Foreign policy is more rational when everyone has a dog in the fight.

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By berniem, September 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment

I’m still unconvinced that those who choose the military as a lifetime career are psychologically stable. Willingness to kill and destroy on the whim of some ideologue or for one or another national symbol is to me a form of social and moral pathology. The same behaviors less official sanction are crimes while engaging in such within arbitrary constructs is rewarded. Personally, I think that what the military thinks at any given time or chooses to allow it’s uniformed victims to do, see, or say is insane and only fosters more of the aberrant behaviors it claims to want to defeat.

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By Michael, September 3, 2010 at 10:37 am Link to this comment
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Are they allowing “Modern Warfare” on bases? You know, the one where you can kill innocent people and dogs? Is it ok to kill dogs or people in a crowd but not play as Taliban?

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By PatrickHenry, September 3, 2010 at 3:20 am Link to this comment

Freedom of choice, a hallmark of democracy, has just taken a back seat.

Afterall don’t the Taliban kids get to choose their heros?

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By gerard, September 2, 2010 at 9:19 pm Link to this comment

Told ja so!  Conditioning young people to shoot first and think afterward, if at all.  How gruesome do you find it when one of the kids says, “I’ll join up because it’s better than standing on the corner and dealing drugs.”

Shame! shame on us!

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By Mike Strong, September 2, 2010 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment
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Some military move! So brave. So medal-winning.

Military can’t lick ‘em in real life where they really just recruit and all but train the Taliban. The only way they can wipe out Taliban is in sales of a game in base exchanges.

The loser general can’t even win a pretend war. You know the on-base sales ban will just make soldier gamers go off base to buy it.

Can you say “Cowboys and Indians” anyone? Maybe ban that kids game in order to give respect to Custer?

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