GameStop decides not to sell Medal of Honor to military

Electronic Arts' new Medal of Honor game -- expected to be out in October -- has been getting a lot of negative attention recently. The UK defense secretary said publicly that the game should be banned and now GameStop has decided not to sell the game in stores located in U.S. military bases.

Apparently, the problem is that the game allows players to play as the Taliban fighting against NATO troops. EA, in a response to the negative press said "The format of the new Medal of Honor game merely reflects the fact that every conflict has two sides. We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of us have been doing this since we were seven: someone plays the cop, someone must be robber. In Medal of Honor multiplayer, someone's got to be the Taliban."

But GameStop has said that they will not sell the game on military bases out of respect for the soldiers. They told Industry Gamer, "GameStop has agreed out of respect for our past and present men and women in uniform we will not carry Medal of Honor in any of our AAFES based stores... As such, GameStop agreed to have all marketing material pulled by noon today and to stop taking reservations. Customers who enter our AAFES stores and wish to reserve Medal of Honor can and should be directed to the nearest GameStop location off base."

From the statement it seems the decision was not something GameStop decided but something that the AAFES based stores requested of them and they agreed to the deal. An industry analyst, Michael Pachter, said that GameStop's decision will have little to no impact on the sale of the game. He expects the game to sell over 3.5 million copies worldwide.

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Well unlike many here, I think its pretty lame for EA to put out a game like this that allows people to play as the Taliban. Perhaps you all need to watch the documentary on 9/11 again, playing this weekend on the National Geographic Channel. And all the talk of the people jumping out of the towers, and the firemen talking about hearing the countless noises of them hitting the ground. The Taliban don't deserve to even be recognized in a game, at least not one you can play as. Thats 100% disrespectful to all those that died.

Great way to honor the sacrifice our folks in uniform make to ensure our freedom; by taking away their freedom to buy any game title they want to on-base.

As a combat vet and the uncle of a recently returned Cav Scout, let me say for both of us, nobody cares - just put the damned game on sale already.

zkid2010 said,
Great way to honor the sacrifice our folks in uniform make to ensure our freedom; by taking away their freedom to buy any game title they want to on-base.

As a combat vet and the uncle of a recently returned Cav Scout, let me say for both of us, nobody cares - just put the damned game on sale already.

i cant really think how a game is going to save you from taking a bullet in your head!

It's an issue of sensitivity. Because they choose to refer to them as Taliban, and because of the ongoing war with the Taliban, they're trying to not desensitize the issue. I mean...come one; the US is at war and they're playing video games, mall shopping, and going to the movies. There's already a huge disconnect with their soldiers, and they probably just don't want to rub it in their faces. Why is that so hard for people to understand? It's not like its banned, they can internet order it. Likewise some soldiers are probably really sensitive to the issue; this hurts no one nor does it limit people choosing to play it.

thornz0 said,
It's an issue of sensitivity. Because they choose to refer to them as Taliban, and because of the ongoing war with the Taliban, they're trying to not desensitize the issue. I mean...come one; the US is at war and they're playing video games, mall shopping, and going to the movies. There's already a huge disconnect with their soldiers, and they probably just don't want to rub it in their faces. Why is that so hard for people to understand? It's not like its banned, they can internet order it. Likewise some soldiers are probably really sensitive to the issue; this hurts no one nor does it limit people choosing to play it.

So, selling a video game on base is going to somehow make those issues worse? Give me a break.

java2beans said,
Can someone say "dictatorship?"

Yes, but that term really has no place in this discussion. Were you just showing you knew a word, or did you have a point?

bob_c_b said,

Yes, but that term really has no place in this discussion. Were you just showing you knew a word, or did you have a point?


Well he's right. The government is trying to suppress knowledge by dictatorial means, that is, dictating what the people can and can't access aka censorship. This may only affect military bases at the moment, but we all know how censorship works, it gradually encroaches upon our liberties until they are unrecognisable.

java2beans said,
Can someone say "dictatorship?"

old news? the military isnt a democracy. if anything is a communistic society. an e3 ditch digger gets the same salary as the e3 medic.

LoveThePenguin said,

Well he's right. The government is trying to suppress knowledge by dictatorial means, that is, dictating what the people can and can't access aka censorship. This may only affect military bases at the moment, but we all know how censorship works, it gradually encroaches upon our liberties until they are unrecognisable.
So now you realize that this aint a free country! just another bunch of hypocrite idiots!

Heaven forbid that the military turns their backs on one of their best recruiting Sergeants that costs them nothing.

I hope all the under-age kids who get to play these games take the opportunity to see both sides of the human blood fest called war.

boho said,
Heaven forbid that the military turns their backs on one of their best recruiting Sergeants that costs them nothing.

I hope all the under-age kids who get to play these games take the opportunity to see both sides of the human blood fest called war.

and mess up their minds?? so they could become psycho killers later on and be one more statistic in the US??? tsk tsk tsk! i think someone is missing an important part of his brain!

Don't mistake this for what it is. Someone higher up didn't like the IDEA and killed it because NO ONE dare speak against anything that could possibly offend any of our military heros. I did my four years, and I didn't fight so some bureaucrat can decide for me what's offensive or not. God forbid you just don't buy something you don't like, just like the bible thumping ninnys that have to control YOUR world along with their own. Grow the F up, you should be standing up against this kindergarden cop crap.

TDT said,
So, did Counterstrike get banned too? You can play as a terrorist, so... F-ing idiots.

Yep, a lot of fps games allow terrorist/spec ops type team distinctions. What the american government fears is empathy, empathy with the other side in their wars. If people start to put themselves on the other team, they realise that they aren't so different, they question the decisions of the government and the validity of the wars, and this destroys the propaganda and "Good Guys" image that america tries to project.

LoveThePenguin said,

Yep, a lot of fps games allow terrorist/spec ops type team distinctions. What the american government fears is empathy, empathy with the other side in their wars. If people start to put themselves on the other team, they realise that they aren't so different, they question the decisions of the government and the validity of the wars, and this destroys the propaganda and "Good Guys" image that america tries to project.
i believe you should protect yourself from playing too much games! go out there and you'll see that the world is not like in the games!

Why would they stop selling it in US bases when the complainer is some friggin dude from the UK? It should be banned in UK bases no US bases. Frankly I'm sure soldiers are smart enough to buy digital downloads and import games with plain packaging or even email/sms one of there buddies off base to pick one up and deliver it to them when they visit. In the end they have to do this 'out of respect' from any complainer. That way if they ever get sued they'll have a good reason to counter it. Besides, killing americans might be fun for a change. Tired of always killing nazis, ruskies, PLA's, al qaeda, aliens, dinosaurs and the likes. These games are meant to train kids/soldiers to hate the enemy more thats all.

It's not even realistic. ARMA2 and such have been based on real training tools and allow opfor playability. If civilians can use Vbs2 platforms as either side, then who cares about gimmicky shooters.

So, wait... People have already been going into AAFES stores and reserving it? I assume these are military personnel who are reserving it...? So they have no problem with playing the game and they are in the military?

Kind of weird the people who fight for freedoms are having their right to buy a product is being taken away.

compl3x said,
So, wait... People have already been going into AAFES stores and reserving it? I assume these are military personnel who are reserving it...? So they have no problem with playing the game and they are in the military?

Kind of weird the people who fight for freedoms are having their right to buy a product is being taken away.

It isn't being taken away. Gamestop agreed to not sell it on base out of respect so those that wish to reserve it are being directed to an off base location.

shinji257 said,

It isn't being taken away. Gamestop agreed to not sell it on base out of respect so those that wish to reserve it are being directed to an off base location.

My point is they should be able to buy a legal product anywhere they want. It's absurd to say it's offensive to sell it at one particular outlet but not somewhere else.

compl3x said,

Kind of weird the people who fight for freedoms are having their right to buy a product is being taken away.

I'll try not to get too political, but america isn't fighting for freedoms; if anything, liberties have been curtailed since 9/11, which of course suits the government's agenda of control. This is about anachronistic imperialism and controlling the resources of the middle-east (including oil).

you guys didnt read the article..its only in us bases. And who caes as long as digital download is available

Hypocrisy would be the best word to describe this type of opinions from public figures, this will only boost sales thats for sure, the overall message is that: killing in a game is wrong killing in real world thats good 0.o

Andrew Lyle said,
So if we call them "the middle-eastern" the game would sell?
Seriously it's just a game.
finally somebody that thinks with his head! =]

Let me guess, they aren't offended by Russians bent on global domination and aliens on a religious crusade to wipe out humanity.

ClubNinja said,
Why does it say to military instead of on military bases ??
Kinda of misleading eh.
Yeah, I read the title and thought, "how are they going to keep tabs on that?" There's nothing stopping someone from the military buying this game off-base.

Intrinsica said,
Yeah, I read the title and thought, "how are they going to keep tabs on that?" There's nothing stopping someone from the military buying this game off-base.
they play games at the military??? hahahaha what a bounch of losers!

This is all stupid. For years it was okay to be germany fighting against the US in the game Command and Conqure, which is heavily insprired by the second world war; and now all at once, this is wrong?

Educated Idiot said,
We live in such an uptight world anymore.

Yes but the same people complaining about it are the very people that created this mess! Ironic isn't it

so it's ok to shoot arabs, germans, and russians, but when in comes to shooting americans, all of a sudden it's not ok.

timster said,
so it's ok to shoot arabs, germans, and russians, but when in comes to shooting americans, all of a sudden it's not ok.

No its OK to shoot nazis and terrorists (I guess thats OK). And you aren't shooting Americans you're shooting NATO troops which (if you don't know) consists of Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

timster said,
so it's ok to shoot arabs, germans, and russians, but when in comes to shooting americans, all of a sudden it's not ok.

yeah, this a non issue. so ****ing stupid and lame it reflects perfectly the current affairs of american culture.

APAstyle said,

No its OK to shoot nazis and terrorists (I guess thats OK).

Terrorist is some person that cause terror. To kill a person without a proper trial is indeed terrorism, with some exception for example, for self protection. Of course, you are not protecting your country, fighting in a far country. The so called "preemptive attack" is indeed terrorism. And of course, "collateral damages" (killing civilians and innocents) is terrorism.

Magallanes said,

Terrorist is some person that cause terror. To kill a person without a proper trial is indeed terrorism, with some exception for example, for self protection. Of course, you are not protecting your country, fighting in a far country. The so called "preemptive attack" is indeed terrorism. And of course, "collateral damages" (killing civilians and innocents) is terrorism.

Killing a person without trial is murder, not terrorism. Yes, terrorism causes terror but it is meant to frighten people and exploit their fear to get what they (terrorists) want. But yeah that was sarcasm there, I was just pointing out that nobody was shooting just Americans, NATO is mostly European is it not?, and is a defence organization protecting its member states.

Edited by APAstyle, Sep 3 2010, 2:59pm : clarification

APAstyle said,
No its OK to shoot nazis and terrorists (I guess thats OK). And you aren't shooting Americans you're shooting NATO troops which (if you don't know) consists of Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

I'm Portuguese and I don't care about that. In the real world people kill people.

timster said,
so it's ok to shoot arabs, germans, and russians, but when in comes to shooting americans, all of a sudden it's not ok.

The american government (I make the distinction) thinks it's beyond reprove. They torture, mame, and kill all for the sake of imperialism, yet they still think they are the "Good Guys".

The british empire did the same of course, and in that sense I'm ashamed to be english. I also know a lot of americans who oppose what their government does, so blame the government, not the people.

APAstyle said,

No its OK to shoot nazis and terrorists (I guess thats OK). And you aren't shooting Americans you're shooting NATO troops which (if you don't know) consists of Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

"Terrorists".............. are always the loosers. If they won they are heroes.
It happens since the beginning of the human race.
"Vae victis"

LoveThePenguin said,

The american government (I make the distinction) thinks it's beyond reprove. They torture, mame, and kill all for the sake of imperialism, yet they still think they are the "Good Guys".

The british empire did the same of course, and in that sense I'm ashamed to be english. I also know a lot of americans who oppose what their government does, so blame the government, not the people.

either way!! the topic is about a game! something that is not real!! but i think you guys have been smoking on some good sh*it and your not sharing it! because that thing you're smoking is messing with your minds already!

Shiranui said,
Why would people who get to shoot real people in the head for a living bother with an FPS?

Why practice of course, didn't you know a keyboard and mouse is like a gun!

Ently said,

Why practice of course, didn't you know a keyboard and mouse is like a gun!


Plus you always run faster with a knife, don't forget that.

Shiranui said,
Why would people who get to shoot real people in the head for a living bother with an FPS?

They're a fun way to relieve stress. Also, FPS's enhance visual acuity and a tactical team-oriented thought process. These benefits carry over into the real world - even if your job isn't shooting people.

Ently said,

Why practice of course, didn't you know a keyboard and mouse is like a gun!

not really what just said proves my previous comment! hahaha game freaks! i mean i like games too! but not to be comparing them to real life! hahaha!

Ently said,

Why practice of course, didn't you know a keyboard and mouse is like a gun!

I want to see you handle a gun to see if its true! ha!