Platform Nation’s “A Simple Question”: Taliban vs. Opposing Force

This news broke a few weeks ago, but with Medal of Honor hitting stores this week, I thought it’d be interesting to revisit this issue, now that people have had a chance to play the game a bit.  Seems that in the online component of the game, one of the teams would have been called the Taliban.  This was changed to “Opposing Force” just a few weeks before the game hit the shelves, when the media started blasting EA over the issue.  Only the name changed, the character models and actions are all the same.  It begged the question:

Do you care about playing a game in which a team is called the Taliban?

If nothing else changes but the name, did anything change at all? It seems this move was a knee jerk reaction to media influence rather than a developer’s vision, and we’re once again in a situation where games are held to a higher standard than other entertainment mediums.   I’ll save more commentary for my response on Friday.’s response: “ChaCha Crystal Ball says: No, do not meddle in the affairs of dragons because you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.” – Swing and a miss this week; though now I’m wondering how a dragon can use a ketchup bottle.

A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation.  Each week, you’ll be posed a question.   Give a response and let the world know what you think, there is no right or wrong answer here.  I will post my response on Friday. If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.

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  • No, I don’t care. Having received the chance to play in the game’s multiplayer beta on PS3, I know that EA have not tired to make us sympathise with the Taliban. If anything it just made me dislike them more because they kept killing me!

  • *tried

  • I’m more disappointed than anything else. Games continue to be held to an expectation that other entertainment mediums are not. I applaud when games try to break that mold (a la the airport level in CoD:MW2, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, and others), but all too often it’s status quo when the real touchy subjects come up.