After widespread criticism of the game, the US military has decided not to sell Medal of Honor at its military base exchanges, and GameStop has also said it won’t stock it.
While there’s no ban on members of the military owning or playing the game, they won’t be able to buy it at military bases, as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, along with the Coast Guard Community Services Command, have said they won’t allow sales of the game at any of their 181 exchanges or on the online site.
GameStop has also agreed not to stock the game at its 49 stores on domestic bases. Speaking for both organizations, AAFES spokesman Judd Anstey told ABC News: “We don’t really consider this to be a ban in any way. It’s just one title we have passed on.”
“We regret any inconvenience this may cause authorised shoppers, but are optimistic that they will understand the sensitivity to the life and death scenarios this product presents as entertainment,” added major general Bruce Casella, commander of the AAFES.
The latest version of the game, due out in October, allows players to take on the role of Taliban fighters. Apparently this is much, much worse than allowing them to be, for example, Nazi stormtroopers or terrorists.
In the UK, the British defence secretary Sir Liam Fox called for the game to be banned, saying he was ‘disgusted and angry’ and calling the game ‘un-British’ (well, yes) and ‘tasteless’.
But the game’s creators at Electronic Arts find themselves a little bewildered by the outcry. President Frank Gibeau has compared the game to movies and books set in Afghanistan, which face no such criticisms.