In light of the controversy surrounding the ability to play as the Taliban in Electronic Arts’ upcoming Medal of Honor, Northern California’s Times-Herald solicited reader input on the title, in the form of letters to the editor, and listed them on their website.
The responses range from ambivalent to angry, and probably represent a decent enough cross-section of opinions. Samplings of the responses are shared below, led off with our personal favorite:
Aubrey Cosentino: I don't think they should have even made this game, let alone try and release it. I would never buy it. My brother is in the Navy and served over in Iraq. It's a slap in the face to Americans is what it is; first they want to build a temple, now this game, come on now ...
Linda Peterson: I would NOT buy it -- but I don't play or buy any war games at all. I think the Taliban option is in extremely bad taste. Offensive even.
Joe Riordan: In all fairness, I think all games dealing with wars or battles should be able to be experienced from either side. IT'S A GAME, PEOPLE. Get over it. We take everything way too seriously. Grow the heck up.
Rob Page: As an Iraqi freedom vet, I feel it is extremely offensive to have game players be the Taliban. I love playing all the first-person shooter games, but this one I am going to pass up and hope many others will, too.
Kevin K-rock Scruggs: What's the difference from Medal and Honor and Grand Theft Auto. I'm sure that police officers are not fans of that game.
Patty Kelly Morris: Sounds like it should be used for our soldiers to train with instead of releasing it to the general public.
Tina Fowler: It's certainly not a game I would play, but isn't the freedom to make and play it exactly what our troops have fought for through the years?
Fernando Vincent Sierra: Our best defense against this sort of marketing would be to not buy it. But to deny a company from producing anything is stepping on constitutional rights of opinion, armament. Hate to see products like this being sold and if I saw it on the shelves, I would say something to the manager and not shop at their establishment.
Amberly Stoddard Krupcznski: What a crock, that game should be burned off the shelves!!!!!!!!
Tacuma Alexander: Violence is violence. Does it really matter what side you're on? Whether you're a character fighting for the American side or fighting for the Taliban side, it's all the same effect.
Many more opinions over at the Times-Herald site.