New Zealand Latest Stop for MOH Bashing Tour

August 31, 2010 -

Expect sales of Electronic Arts’ Medal of Honor to do a little better in New Zealand after that country’s Defense Minister Wayne Mapp (pictured) joined his UK counterpart in condemning the title.

Mapp, who is also New Zealand’s Minister of Research, Science and Technology, spoke out against the game because, presumably, of its multiplayer component, where gamers will have the ability to fight as Taliban forces.

In comments carried by GamePlanet, Mapp stated that, “Terrorist acts have caused the deaths of several New Zealanders.” He continued, “This game undermines the values of our nation, and the dedicated service of our men and women in uniform.”

Mapp added that “hundreds” of New Zealanders have fought terrorism in Afghanistan, before bringing up the recent death of Lieutenant Timothy O'Donnell, New Zealand’s first serviceman to die in that theatre of combat. The 28-year old O'Donnell was killed when his three-vehicle patrol was attacked by RPGs in Bamyan Province earlier this month.

Mapp’s comments are eerily similar to those made last week by UK Defense Secretary Liam Fox, who called Medal of Honor “disgusting” and said that retailers should not sell the game.

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Re: New Zealand Latest Stop for MOH Bashing Tour

So I take it he also opposes all WWI and WWII games where you can play Germans or Italians? Seeing as how Australian soldiers died in those wars? Or perhaps he never heard of Waltzing Mathilda?

Re: New Zealand Latest Stop for MOH Bashing Tour

You do know that they're different countries, right?

And that New Zealanders also fought and died in both those wars, not as part of the Australian military, but as part of their own?

New Zealand contributed more troops per capita to WW1 and WW2 than any of the other allied nations.

Re: New Zealand Latest Stop for MOH Bashing Tour

Yeah, sorry, I know that, made a mixup there... -___- My bad. Sometimes my brain wires go wrong.

Re: New Zealand Latest Stop for MOH Bashing Tour

No problem - at some point, everyone has a brain-fart

Re: New Zealand Latest Stop for MOH Bashing Tour

Did anyone else burst into laughter at the phrase “This game undermines the values of our nation"? 'Cause I think it was hilariously melodramatic.

Re: New Zealand Latest Stop for MOH Bashing Tour

You know, I can understand calling people "terrorists" when they try to, you know, terrorize, by using tactics that attack civilians and so on. But when it's a war on their home ground that last many years, I don't think the term applies anymore...

Re: New Zealand Latest Stop for MOH Bashing Tour

If New Zealand bans this game it will join Manhunt 1/2, Postal 1/2 and Reservoir Dogs. A game that is banned in New Zealand is illegal to import, own, sell, buy, rent etc. So if its banned there its banned for good.

 
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E. Zachary KnightWonder, I know you can revise content and resubmit it, but I can't findany information about a formal appeals process.05/28/2015 - 7:27pm
Wonderkarpever wonder if there's an appeals process for AO?05/28/2015 - 6:55pm
Matthew WilsonDanny and Andy play the first couple of levels of the upcoming Hatred http://www.gamespot.com/videos/hatred-gamespot-plays/2300-6425016/ imho it does not look like it should be AO.05/28/2015 - 5:57pm
Andrew EisenHey, remember Kung Fury? That short film that was funded via Kickstarter a few years ago? You can watch it now. I suggest you do. It's fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5P_LAqiVg05/28/2015 - 5:14pm
Goth_SkunkOriginally, yes. Some content was cut out in order to reduce its ratign from AO down to M, but PC users could work around that an unlock the full content by means of a patch. Which is what I did. :D05/28/2015 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenKarp - Yes, for strong sexual content. Although the recent remaster contains all that content and was rated M.05/28/2015 - 3:54pm
Andrew EisenDepends on if you consider Hatred misrated. I haven't played the game or seen the ESRB's rating summary so I'm undecided.05/28/2015 - 3:53pm
WonderkarpDidnt Fahrenheit have an AO?05/28/2015 - 3:52pm
Matthew Wilson@AE that is why I said it seems more moral panic to me.05/28/2015 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - From what I've seen (just the trailers) the game is nowhere near as gory as many, many other games. But again, I'm guessing the AO rating comes from theme and tone rather than outright gore.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
Andrew EisenKarp - It didn't show penetration or nudity.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
WonderkarpI'd say Mortal Kombat X has more Gore and Violence than Hatred.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
Matthew Wilsonwhat I mean by worse in this case its not more gory/violent than others.05/28/2015 - 3:48pm
WonderkarpI forget....did Hot Coffee actually show Penetration?05/28/2015 - 3:48pm
Andrew EisenKarp - The Skyrim mods are external mods. The Hot Coffee mod unlocked content on the disc. Big difference. Still, the content that was unlocked was still perfectly in line with an M rating in my opinion.05/28/2015 - 3:47pm
Andrew EisenThemes are factored into ratings, not just mechanics. Still waiting for ESRB's rating summary. Very curious to see what it has to say.05/28/2015 - 3:46pm
Matthew WilsonHatred is a top down shooter though, and isnt any worse than other top down shooters?05/28/2015 - 3:45pm
Wonderkarpyeah, San Andreases rerating was ridiculous. Why not rerate Skyrim with all its crazy sex mods out there? But yeah, ESRB is good as policing itself. 05/28/2015 - 3:45pm
Andrew EisenManhunt 2 and Hatred though? Eh, there's an argument to be made for the higher rating.05/28/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenRerating San Andreas was a mistake though. That seemed to be the result of kowtowing to public pressure.05/28/2015 - 3:42pm
 

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