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Monday, 04 October 2010 10:37

Medal of Honor renames "Taliban" into "Opposing Force"

Written by Nedim Hadzic
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Aaah, we feel much better now
Once again, the gaming world (and arguably common sense) is affected by political correctness, albeit by a less margin than we’re used to seeing. Medal of Honor devs have now decided to rename the multiplayer “Taliban” into “Opposing Force”.

It has been a burning issue these past few months, despite many open-minded and honest people saying they couldn’t care less about it. Indeed, executive producer Greg Goodrich writes on his blog that the majority of feedback received by the company “has been overwhelmingly positive.” Note that the game still remains as it is, the only change is in the name.

On the other hand, with the political climate being as it is, it’s quite understandable seeing the company thread these waters carefully. The guys made a game they thought everyone should like and it’s not worth losing face (or sales) over a simple name. After all, nobody wants to be labeled “against us” and they sure don’t want to leave the impression that they don’t care, even if they really didn’t (which we sincerely doubt).

A wise man once said that words in themselves mean nothing, it’s the context we give them and the speaker himself that will ultimately make them “good” or “bad”. Now however, wisdom seems to be more of a curse on the bearer than anything else. But hey - what else did we expect from the race that wants to ban plastic guns but keeps the real ones?

You can find the blog post here.

Last modified on Monday, 04 October 2010 10:52
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+13 #1 thematrix606 2010-10-04 11:53
Honestly, everyone playing this game KNOWS it's meant to be the Taliban. And we've had terrorists in games for AGES. Look at CS(S).

Retarded = Yes.
Trying to be PC = Yes.
Off with his head = Yes.
 
 
+10 #2 sidje 2010-10-04 12:05
Quoting thematrix606:
Honestly, everyone playing this game KNOWS it's meant to be the Taliban. And we've had terrorists in games for AGES. Look at CS(S).

Retarded = Yes.
Trying to be PC = Yes.
Off with his head = Yes.


I just can't figure out what difference will it make now. Will the deceased come back? No. So will it help anyone? No. Well is this the best we can do in "remembering the soldiers' sacrifices"? Apparently yes.
 
 
+14 #3 canerpense 2010-10-04 15:56
Maybe a similar game produced in CHINA should rename US Army into "Opposition"...

This is all f*cking retarded...

Every nation has lost soldiers for their own righteous purpose. The problem is media, they drive peoples' thoughts.

Try to have a "thought" without watching your TV...
 
 
+6 #4 yasin 2010-10-04 17:00
and what about the us army?its killed tonnes of innocent afghanis.if the taliban is the opposing force, what should we call the us army?political correctness sucks.
 
 
-6 #5 Elfa 2010-10-04 18:01
Quoting yasin:
and what about the us army?its killed tonnes of innocent afghanis.if the taliban is the opposing force, what should we call the us army?political correctness sucks.


I don't think you should call us at all. I think with that kind of attitude we ought to leave you to deal with the Taliban since you prefer the way they kill Afghanis better.
 
 
+4 #6 thematrix606 2010-10-04 18:19
Quoting Elfa:
Quoting yasin:
and what about the us army?its killed tonnes of innocent afghanis.if the taliban is the opposing force, what should we call the us army?political correctness sucks.


I don't think you should call us at all. I think with that kind of attitude we ought to leave you to deal with the Taliban since you prefer the way they kill Afghanis better.


I think you're an ignorant American, who has not traveled to the rest of the world. Because everyone hates you, and mock you much more than the Taliban. Because the original poster is right, 100,000 Afghans are dead. Genocide!

For shame calling yourself free.
 
 
-3 #7 jonelsorel 2010-10-04 20:23
EA = Politically incorrect SOBs.
 
 
+3 #8 ryanyomomma 2010-10-04 20:29
I lol at you all for once again, bring Real Life politics to a video game related article. The only thing that this whole ordeal has shown the world is that everyone is willing to jump the gun when the media reports it. This wouldn't be an issue if it wasn't for the likes of "news" outlets like CNN and of course Fox (oh god...) and prompting others to blow their whistles and ban sales of the game at exchanges. This ordeal reminded me of that whole Shirly Sherrod debacle...altered news, blown out of proportion and it wrongfully got her fired. lol...America...
 
 
-1 #9 Nerdmaster 2010-10-04 20:46
I wouldn't mind if an fps game came out and presented my country as the "opposing force" or terrorists, as long as it is a good pc game. Its better for people (I think) to play war games at the pc rather than fighting a war for real.
 
 
+5 #10 yasin 2010-10-04 22:50
Quoting Elfa:
Quoting yasin:
and what about the us army?its killed tonnes of innocent afghanis.if the taliban is the opposing force, what should we call the us army?political correctness sucks.


I don't think you should call us at all. I think with that kind of attitude we ought to leave you to deal with the Taliban since you prefer the way they kill Afghanis better.

as thematrix606 said, you really are ignorant.you do realise the Taliban are Afghanis too right?
 

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