The red phones connecting the world’s defense/defence ministers must be working fine, as yet another member of that group has jumped on the anti-Medal of Honor videogame bandwagon.
This time around Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay took issue with the Electronic Arts game, specifically over the ability to play as a member of the Taliban in Medal of Honor’s multiplayer mode. MacKay, via the Ottawa Citizen, had this to say about the game:
The men and women of the Canadian Forces, our allies, aid workers, and innocent Afghans are being shot at, and sometimes killed, by the Taliban. This is reality. I find it wrong to have anyone, children in particular, playing the role of the Taliban. I’m sure most Canadians are uncomfortable and angry about this.
MacKay joins UK Defense Secretary Liam Fox, who started the hysteria by calling MOH “disgusting” (and urged retailers to not sell it), New Zealand Defense Minister Wayne Mapp and Dutch Defense Minister Gitte Lillelund Bech, who called the game “tasteless,” in bashing the title.