Upset over the ability to play as the Taliban in multiplayer modes of Electronic Arts’ upcoming Medal of Honor game, UK Defense Secretary Liam Fox has called for retailers in that country to forego selling the game.
Fox’s full rant appeared in yesterday’s Sunday Times, which is behind a pay wall, but fortunately CVG (thanks Cheater87) transcribed some of Fox’s thoughts on the game.
After calling the opportunity to play as the Taliban “disgusting,” Fox continued:
It's shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban.
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.
Of course, as CVG notes, British soldiers do not even appear in the game, only U.S. forces. UK retailers have so far indicated no willingness to follow Fox’s prompt.
Additionally, a Department of Media, Culture and Sport spokesperson told CVG that Fox’s comments were the politician's alone and that his call for a ban was not backed by the government.
Electronic Arts described the inclusion of the Taliban thusly:
We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of us have been doing this since we were seven. If someone's the cop, someone's got to be the robber, someone's got to be the pirate, somebody's got to be the alien. In Medal Of Honor multiplayer, someone has to be the Taliban.