UK Defense Secretary wants Medal of Honor banned

The UK Defense Secretary, Liam Fox, wants stores to ban the sale of the Medal of Honor, the popular first person shooter as a player can play as the Taliban and kill British troops.

Medal of Honor, which is due to be released in October, is based on the war between allied forces and the Taliban. Players get to choose sides; either play as NATO forces or as the Taliban.

According to Yahoo! News Mr. Fox said, "It's shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban. At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands. I am disgusted and angry. It's hard to believe any citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un-British game. I would urge retailers to show their support for our armed forces and ban this tasteless product."

A spokeswoman for Electronic Arts 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." In response to Liam Fox's alligations.

The BBFC, the UK's ratings board, has said that it is satisfied with the games 18 rating also ruling out the ban that Mr. Fox called for.

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Some news just needs to be left in a hole to die because this story is just wayyy to controversial. I think that people are over reacting since it is just a game... and people don't complain about playing Nazi's in WWII shooters so what's the big deal. I understand that the terrorist group they put in this game is very horrible for what they have done but really come on it's not like your killing people or causing destruction in the real world...

Liam Fox is an overpaid moron that has only ever known public school boy hood, being around local conservatives and living in rural upper class England.

The man ought to think..... If you have a game which allows players to be British Troops and can kill any other on the gamer then why should you not be able to be a Taliban and kill any other...

Liam Fox ought to get out into the real world... When I played arcade football games when I was a kid I always played as the Netherlands, well their players were better.

Thats the choice I made.

Liam Fox has now advertised his whinning and the game will be 10x more popular now.

You can play as a Taliban ( or some sort of...) in Counter Strike too, it's really stupid to ban a game for the freedom of playing on both sides.

This "news" has really brought out the best side of people. I reckon because it`s based on something that is ongoing maybe it`s a bit tasteless. Still only a video game though...!

How about you sort out the real crimes on the streets of London before banning games Mr Defense Secretary!

SH3K0 said,
How about you sort out the real crimes on the streets of London before banning games Mr Defense Secretary!

Does a defense secretary even care about internal problems? because they are supose to care about international ones......

Just makes him your average politician. Jumping on bandwagons without doing even the slightest bit of research.

If he really wanted to show respect for the troops how about not sending them off to die in a pointless war.

protocol7 said,
Just makes him your average politician. Jumping on bandwagons without doing even the slightest bit of research.

If he really wanted to show respect for the troops how about not sending them off to die in a pointless war.

He did do his research, he viewed a Youtube video of game footage, lol.

According to Yahoo! News Mr. Fox forgot to say, "It's shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the British troops. At the hands of the British, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands. I am disgusted and angry. It's hard to believe any citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un-Taliban game. I would urge retailers to show their support for our tribes and ban this tasteless product."

You gotta give the peeps from Activision some slack. I mean Talibans play these games too no? They got kick ass rigs that run well in the dessert and I'm sure its all fair and share when they get to play their own side for a change and defend there home all the while they should add the option to stone women in public as well just for the heck of it. Then all Activision has to do is add an option to disable/skip this scene like they did with MW2 and case solved. Its almost like asking you must be 18+ to play this game. Then again you go on MP and hear a 12 yo kid speaking trash and then it makes you wonder... oh wait.

Morisato said,
You gotta give the peeps from Activision some slack. I mean Talibans play these games too no? They got kick ass rigs that run well in the dessert and I'm sure its all fair and share when they get to play their own side for a change and defend there home all the while they should add the option to stone women in public as well just for the heck of it. Then all Activision has to do is add an option to disable/skip this scene like they did with MW2 and case solved. Its almost like asking you must be 18+ to play this game. Then again you go on MP and hear a 12 yo kid speaking trash and then it makes you wonder... oh wait.

Haha, you don't know the difference between an "area of land, usually in very hot climates, that consists only of sand, gravel, or rock with little or no vegetation, no permanent bodies of water, and erratic rainfall" and a "sweet course eaten at the end or toward the end of a meal".

Anyway, the Taliban used to stage public hangings of TVs, so I doubt they will have pimp rigs to play this.

Morisato said,
all the while they should add the option to stone women in public as well just for the heck of it.

I believe this will be sold as a Region-Locked DLC, only avail in the Middle East Region

"It's shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Nazis. At the hands of the Nazis, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands. I am disgusted and angry. It's hard to believe any citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un-British game. I would urge retailers to show their support for our armed forces and ban this tasteless product."

petroid said,
"It's shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Nazis. At the hands of the Nazis, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands. I am disgusted and angry. It's hard to believe any citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un-British game. I would urge retailers to show their support for our armed forces and ban this tasteless product."

Your comment shows how uninformed you are, just like Liam Fox.

You only play as the Taliban in MULTIPLAYER, which, let's face it would be pointless played as Coalition forces for both sides.

The SINGLE PLAYER campaign is played entirely from the perspective of the Coalition Forces.

I'm British and I'll be buying it, but only for it's single player campaign mode because I don't care for multiplayer.

neo158 said,

Your comment shows how uninformed you are, just like Liam Fox.

You only play as the Taliban in MULTIPLAYER, which, let's face it would be pointless played as Coalition forces for both sides.

The SINGLE PLAYER campaign is played entirely from the perspective of the Coalition Forces.

I'm British and I'll be buying it, but only for it's single player campaign mode because I don't care for multiplayer.

Oh noes if we played as Coalition forces we'd be promoting friendly fire and friendly fire never happens in war.

I support banning the game, for one because I find shooters just pointless. I own one, and got bored of it fairly quickly. And I did not even buy it, I had it given to me by a friend as they have so many shooters.

Plus British troops work hard, why play a game to shoot them. I found it disgusting, if anyone I know ends up getting this game. I will just be sickened.

TechDudeGeorge said,
I support banning the game, for one because I find shooters just pointless. I own one, and got bored of it fairly quickly. And I did not even buy it, I had it given to me by a friend as they have so many shooters.

Plus British troops work hard, why play a game to shoot them. I found it disgusting, if anyone I know ends up getting this game. I will just be sickened.

Its a game suck it up princess

TechDudeGeorge said,
I support banning the game, for one because I find shooters just pointless. I own one, and got bored of it fairly quickly. And I did not even buy it, I had it given to me by a friend as they have so many shooters.

Plus British troops work hard, why play a game to shoot them. I found it disgusting, if anyone I know ends up getting this game. I will just be sickened.

You want a game banned....because you find shooters pointless and they bore you. Excellent deduction skills. I want you banned....because you're pointless and you bore me. Is that logical to you?

And? Taliban troops sit on their a$$es? Sure, they're not exactly fighting a noble cause, but that's just the point; the opinion on what they are fighting for is totally irrelevant in a game, and this game does nothing more than show the brutality of the war. My guess is the game will be just as dramatic as a Taliban soldier as it is a British one.

You'll be sickened? Right, because the games people play defines who they are and what choices they will make in real life, right? By that token, any game you've ever played that's ever involved killing something sickens me too. How's that for terrible logic? Any time you played a game of CoD where you were the OpFor and killed Americans, I'm sickened by you. Any time you played an RTS and killed off another player's characters, I'm sickened by that.

You see how easy it is to jump to the idea that one can be black-and-white on an issue? Think a bit further next time before you make judgement calls on something just because you personally don't see the point/find it boring.

His comments are absurd. He needs a reality check.

More civilians have been killed at the hands of the Coalition forces than the "Taliban".

It is a game. It is not real life. If you can not understand this yourself or have your kids understand the concept..Then do not buy it...

ozyborn said,
It is a game. It is not real life. If you can not understand this yourself or have your kids understand the concept..Then do not buy it...

Winful comment is full of win +1

Lets give our defence secretary his own way to ban Medal of Honour, is he then going to ban Black Hawk Down? Actors from playing Insurgents in war movies, or what about all of the WWII films we've seen? This mentality goes to show how out of touch the government is with the ordinary citizen. When i read stories like this, I question if the people in power really have a clue what they are doing.

And we all thought labour was a nanny state, this gov needs to **** off.
Hell, they show actual footage of British troops getting shot at, injuried, and killed on TV.
Has this gov made any good decisions since they've been elected? No, in my opinion.

Rookas said,
So he has no problem with playing as the Nazis in previous CoD titles?

WWII Nazis (and the people they fought) are pretty much long since dead. No soldiers in the field are fighting Nazis today.

PeterTHX said,

WWII Nazis (and the people they fought) are pretty much long since dead. No soldiers in the field are fighting Nazis today.


Give it time and people will forget so why wait ?

KavazovAngel said,
Talibans for the win! Ban me now, you P.O.S.

"How's that bad for the kids?" Well for one it makes them idiots like you that say stupid **** like this and ****s it up for the rest of us who are actually smart and know better... you P.O.S.

hotdog963al said,
Because of this, I will favour playing as Taliban.

Only in multiplayer, shooting American Soldiers though!!!!

Meph said,
I'm interested to see what the heroes themselves have to say on the matter.

What "heroes"? With all political neutrality from me here, one man's "hero" is another's "enemy/bad guy".

Meph said,
I'm interested to see what the heroes themselves have to say on the matter.

What "heroes"? With all political neutrality from me here, one man's "hero" is another's "enemy/bad guy".

LiquidSolstice said,

What "heroes"? With all political neutrality from me here, one man's "hero" is another's "enemy/bad guy".

While true, we both know what he meant. And I too would be interested to know what the British Army's opinion of this game is. Surely they understand this and support the idea of having a two-sided story. If that's the case, Liam Fox really won't have a leg to stand on.

We have a ratings board for a reason, It's an 18 rated game meaning its a game designed for adults, who are old enough to decide if its tasteless on their own.

Where was this guy when every other war related game was released.

Exopolitics2010 said,
We have a ratings board for a reason, It's an 18 rated game meaning its a game designed for adults, who are old enough to decide if its tasteless on their own.

Where was this guy when every other war related game was released.

In opposition to the labour party where his personal opinions didnt mean **** to the media, now he's in the cabinet he should learn to choose his words more carefully.

Exopolitics2010 said,
We have a ratings board for a reason, It's an 18 rated game meaning its a game designed for adults, who are old enough to decide if its tasteless on their own.

Where was this guy when every other war related game was released.


The problem here though is that parents will buy the game for little johnny and ignore the age rating. I believe that the age ratings will soon become a legal restriction (so hopefully that will change), whereas at the moment they're just a recommendation....

But this guy is definitely an idiot!

Ratings have been legally enforceable for ages. There was a short period last year when it was discovered that the law wasn't enforceable but this has been corrected.

bmdixon said,

The problem here though is that parents will buy the game for little johnny and ignore the age rating. I believe that the age ratings will soon become a legal restriction (so hopefully that will change), whereas at the moment they're just a recommendation....

But this guy is definitely an idiot!


This is effectively ignoring the elephant in the room. Should we be banning 17 year-olds from playing these games when the problem is parents who don't know how to teach their children?

Victor V. said,

This is effectively ignoring the elephant in the room. Should we be banning 17 year-olds from playing these games when the problem is parents who don't know how to teach their children?

Ban what? Violence in games? Pr0n on TVs? Wth has the world come to? How's that bad for the kids?

Exopolitics2010 said,
We have a ratings board for a reason, It's an 18 rated game meaning its a game designed for adults, who are old enough to decide if its tasteless on their own.

Where was this guy when every other war related game was released.

You've absolutely hit the nail on the head. That's exactly the problem with this country, the constant kneejerk reactions along with the assumption that we cannot think for ourselves.

I do not understand? Is he under the assumption that children have not lost their fathers or that wives have not lost their husbands through the hands of the British Troops?

Lol, he sounds like an idiot. The fact that he is in his position and so obviously thought about what he was going to say and said it anyway shows he is clueless.

Lol, he sounds like an idiot. The fact that he is in his position and so obviously thought about what he was going to say and said it anyway shows he is clueless.

So I guess Mr. Fox, this means you think the men and women who died in WW2 are somehow inferior?

Since I don't see you clamouring for all the games and millions of films based on WW2 to be banned.

British soldiers get everything they deserve while they continue murdering Afghanis. If Liam Fox doesn't like it he should stop this pointless invasion. I think it's good that EA allow you to play as the defender of a country rather than just the invader.

jakem1 said,
British soldiers get everything they deserve while they continue murdering Afghanis. If Liam Fox doesn't like it he should stop this pointless invasion. I think it's good that EA allow you to play as the defender of a country rather than just the invader.

Lol, that reality distortion visor working alright for you I see.

jakem1 said,
British soldiers get everything they deserve while they continue murdering Afghanis. If Liam Fox doesn't like it he should stop this pointless invasion. I think it's good that EA allow you to play as the defender of a country rather than just the invader.

+1 The Brits just want to jump start their empire again. First step is Afghanistan. They're going to oppress people with freedom and civility.

jakem1 said,
British soldiers get everything they deserve while they continue murdering Afghanis. If Liam Fox doesn't like it he should stop this pointless invasion. I think it's good that EA allow you to play as the defender of a country rather than just the invader.
Words just can't describe how completely idiotic you are.

jakem1 said,
stop this pointless invasion

Why are you on NeoWin? Don't you have to go somewhere to call for stoning women for showing their faces in public?

Solid Knight said,

+1 The Brits just want to jump start their empire again. First step is Afghanistan. They're going to oppress people with freedom and civility.

and the next step is America, just STFU idiot.

jakem1 said,
British soldiers get everything they deserve while they continue murdering Afghanis. If Liam Fox doesn't like it he should stop this pointless invasion. I think it's good that EA allow you to play as the defender of a country rather than just the invader.

So, how many Afghans have the Taliban murdered with their roadside bombs?

Would you feel the same way if you or one of your family was murdered or injured in the 7\7 bombings in London?

I think that the British troops are doing a fantastic job, in unbelievably difficult conditions, considering the lack of proper kit they have available to them. Let's not forget that it was President Bush that ordered troops into Afghanistan and he asked us for help.

So you say the British troops get all they deserve, I say GTFO, troll.

Solid Knight said,

+1 The Brits just want to jump start their empire again. First step is Afghanistan. They're going to oppress people with freedom and civility.

How insulting!! I'm fuming at his comment. When you lose a member of your family to this war then comment you ignorant no-body.

minkcar said,

How insulting!! I'm fuming at his comment. When you lose a member of your family to this war then comment you ignorant no-body.


war affects both sides, each side thinking their are special.

neo158 said,

So, how many Afghans have the Taliban murdered with their roadside bombs?

Would you feel the same way if you or one of your family was murdered or injured in the 7\7 bombings in London?

I think that the British troops are doing a fantastic job, in unbelievably difficult conditions, considering the lack of proper kit they have available to them. Let's not forget that it was President Bush that ordered troops into Afghanistan and he asked us for help.

So you say the British troops get all they deserve, I say GTFO, troll.


+1

neo158 said,
So, how many Afghans have the Taliban murdered with their roadside bombs?

To be honest, you're pretty much forgetting that it's their problem to begin with.
I have no issues with the USA pumping their asses after 9/11 (in before conspiracy theories), but bringing along others that had nothing to do with it for the party just "because"... Meh.

Solid Knight said,

It was sarcastic hence the "with freedom and cvility".

I think it's the Americans that are pushing the "freedom and civility". British troops are just there to help.

This is from my second post:

neo158 said,
Let's not forget that it was President Bush that ordered troops into Afghanistan and he asked us for help.

So British troops are paying in blood for a decision made by an American.

buckhole said,
Don't you play as terrorists in Call of Duty 4 multiplayer too?

And pretty much every other modern combat game out there. The fact that they actually labeled the terrorists as "Taliban" somehow makes it different this time.

buckhole said,
Don't you play as terrorists in Call of Duty 4 multiplayer too?

Anyone remember that game, ah what was it's name.... Counter strike?

TheReasonIFailed said,
So at the hands of the British troops children have never lost fathers?? wives never lost husbands?!?
haha, about to post the same!

TheReasonIFailed said,
So at the hands of the British troops children have never lost fathers?? wives never lost husbands?!?

My thoughts exactly. It's sad to say (and I'm not a sympathiser or anything), but one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. I'm pretty sure our "terrorists" think our troops are terrorists to them.

The Teej said,

My thoughts exactly. It's sad to say (and I'm not a sympathiser or anything), but one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. I'm pretty sure our "terrorists" think our troops are terrorists to them.

I was actually thinking about this staement the other day. I came to the conclusion that freedom fighters, arent trying to kill thousands of innocent people, who knows that could make our troops terrorists as well, Im sure we wouldnt get told that on the news though.