U.S. Military Stores Won't Sell Medal of Honor Despite 'Taliban' Multiplayer Faction Name Change

By Xav de Matos, Oct 06, 2010 2:10pm PDT Following word that Electronic Arts had decided to rename one of the multiplayer factions in the upcoming Medal of Honor reboot from "Taliban" to "Opposing Force," the Army & Air Force Exchange Service said it would engage in a "thorough review" before deciding whether or not the game would be allowed to be sold in on-base stores.

Today, Joystiq reports that the AAFES has maintained its position and will not allow the first-person shooter to be sold on military bases.

"Out of respect to those touched by the ongoing, real-life events presented as a game, Exchanges will not be carrying this product," Commander Maj. Gen. Bruce Casella of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service said. "I expect the military families who are authorized to shop the Exchange are aware, and understanding, of the decision not to carry this particular offering." Following controversy surrounding Medal of Honor's "U.S. soldiers versus Taliban fighters" multiplayer structure, the AAFES requested GameStop locations on military bases to not stock the game when it becomes available.

In response to the AAFES' decision, EA's senior public relations manager Amanda Taggart said, "We respect AAFES' authority to decide what's best for their customers. EA has not asked for, and does not expect, a change in the Defense Department's decision to restrict the availability of Medal of Honor on bases."

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  • This reminds me of the time when RTCW was "banned" in Germany: http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/18928

    Feb 28, 2002 -- The Krawall Gaming Network is reporting (through crappy translation services by Google), that Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Unreal Tournament have both been put on the infamous German game index list, meaning they can no longer be advertised and can only be sold to people above 18 (at least thats what I make of the translated text). This was announced by the BPjS, the German law enforcement agency who decides these things. There was no reason given for the fact that Unreal Tournament is indexed after being out since 1999. The Return to Castle Wolfenstein sold in Germany was already an altered version of the game, but not good enough apparently.