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MoH Taliban Renamed

The Medal of Honor Website has word from EA producer Greg Goodrich that the upcoming Medal of Honor reboot will not use the Taliban name for the non-US team in multiplayer play, and this side will instead will be called the decidedly more generic "Opposing Force." They say they have reconsidered this controversial aspect of the military shooter out of respect for soldiers and their families:

However, we have also received feedback from friends and families of fallen soldiers who have expressed concern over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of our game. This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team. This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force.

While this change should not directly affect gamers, as it does not fundamentally alter the gameplay, we are making this change for the men and women serving in the military and for the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice - this franchise will never willfully disrespect, intentionally or otherwise, your memory and service.

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75. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 2, 2010, 13:50 AnointedSword
 
Interesting. Most of the spec op community I have talked to doesn't mind killing the enemy. They-the enemy- were cutting peoples hands off long before this game was announced. This is truth.  
If you were right, I would be agreeing with you.
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74. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 22:05 zirik
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 1, 2010, 15:53:
I doubt this is for publicity.

a visit to the medal of honor site with the front page announcement of the name change says otherwise.
 
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73. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 18:39 Sepharo
 
Exec 1: "Wait you mean the Taliban MoH controversy is dying down?"
Exec 2: "Yep, it's just not as inflammatory as we could have hoped, people are moving on."
Exec 1: "Well what if we just give in and change it? That would get us a mention right?"
Exec 2: "I think you're onto something here..."
 
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72. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 18:26 Bhruic
 
Are you a different Bhruic, or are you the same one that just 3 posts below said the real reason they did this was for publicity?

Well, yes, there is that. The point is tho', that the only reason they are getting publicity for it is because it is the politically correct thing to do. If they were changing the name because Greg Goodrich's mother told him to, there wouldn't be any news - or publicity.
 
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71. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 18:15 NicklePop
 
tuddies wrote on Oct 1, 2010, 17:12:
How about respect for the American tax payer? Wasting trillions on killing, maiming and destruction for nothing. I want my money back!

You haven't paid for it yet! But you will, oh yes, you will.
 
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70. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 18:14 Spike
 
While I do think this was and is basically a publicity stunt why do people keep bringing up comparisons to WWII?

Seems fairly obvious that the big difference is that WWII ended 65 years ago, while service members are dying TODAY to the Taliban.
It makes a big difference in how they need to handle things like this and I'm surprised it even needs to be spelled out.
 
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69. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 17:59 space captain
 
AngryMax wrote on Oct 1, 2010, 17:14:
Too much political correctness America. Grow some balls. Romans staged gladiatorial events involving Gauls after having war with them for longest of time, this is a mild and soft in comparison re-enactment stage of our time. Let it be what it is without the bullshit.

if you think this whole event began or ended with political considerations at the forefront, you probably need to age a decade or two
 
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68. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 17:17 AngryMax
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Oct 1, 2010, 17:13:
We should apply this logic retroactively. The Nazis in Wolfenstein will now be called "Cuddlebunnies".

This honors the surviving WW2 vets and their contribution to history.


Yeah and you don't see Germany going ape shit over that. They simply want to avoid FoX news reporter saying "youngsters training for Taliban in a video game simulation". This is the way things work in a militaristic neo-fascist society we have become.
 
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67. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 17:14 AngryMax
 
Too much political correctness America. Grow some balls. Romans staged gladiatorial events involving Gauls after having war with them for longest of time, this is a mild and soft in comparison re-enactment stage of our time. Let it be what it is without the bullshit.  
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66. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 17:13 Silicon Avatar
 
We should apply this logic retroactively. The Nazis in Wolfenstein will now be called "Cuddlebunnies".

This honors the surviving WW2 vets and their contribution to history.

 
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65. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 17:12 tuddies
 
How about respect for the American tax payer? Wasting trillions on killing, maiming and destruction for nothing. I want my money back!
 
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64. Re: Rename America Oct 1, 2010, 16:29 eXFeLoN
 
entr0py wrote on Oct 1, 2010, 12:39:
Can they also rename the US side out of respect for the families of Afghan civilians who have been killed in the war?

those people aren't in their sales demographic. so they don't give a shit about them.
 
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63. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 16:23 Halo
 
In other news Taliban soldiers are outraged that they have been cut from the game.  
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62. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 16:08 StingingVelvet
 
Wow, this has more replies than Valve going microtransaction.

Weird.
 
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61. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 16:02 Eldaron Imotholin
 
Smart decision because:

Who'd wanna play Taliban except if there's a nice and cruel looking suicide option?

Dumb decision because:

Who wouldn't wanna kill Taliban soldiers? Unless you've some fucked up "there's something good in everybody" morals of course.
 
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60. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 15:53 Beamer
 
I doubt this is for publicity.
They'd get way more if they released the game allowing you to be the Taliban than they do changing the name.

C'mon. What has gotten the most publicity in recent video games along these lines?
2) No Russian. Since that was killing civilians, no name change would help, but had it been a US airport? Oh man.
1) Six Days in Fallujah. So much publicity the game will never see the light of day.


They're trying to avoid being banned. Immense publicity, but the bad kind. As gamers, what the hell do we care? It affects us negatively not at all.
 
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59. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 15:47 PHJF
 
fucking pussies

I GUESS THEY WON'T LOSE THOSE TALIBAN SALES AFTER ALL
 
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58. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 15:33 Tumbler
 
This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to.

I'm not up to speed on what the families of the fallen soldiers have been speaking up about but this seems tragically insignificant. I can think of dozens of things that families should be outraged about that make this issue look comical in comparison. Wounded vet care deserves so much more attention than this...

Americans seem to have no stomach for dealing with real issues so instead we gloss over the important stuff and harp all day long on stupid crap like this that isn't going to make any difference in the end. I could care less if it's taliban or opfor or whatever you want to call it but to use those families for a cause as insignificant as this you'd think that this was one of the most controversial topics today...too bad we all know it's total bullshit and we should be talking about a hell of a lot worse things instead.

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57. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 15:08 DangerDog
 
I thought we finally had a game willing to tackle a hot political issue

Nothing about this game is commenting on the existing war in Afghanistan, the single player is pure fiction - only the names on a map are used to give it some form of realism.

The multiplayer is just another generic twitch shooter with kill streaks and meaningless virtual achievements.
 
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56. Re: MoH Taliban Renamed Oct 1, 2010, 15:01 Prez
 
Why is that the slightest bit odd? I don't care if they name the enemies "the Taliban". I do care if they cave to outside pressure when it comes to game design. Those two things aren't the least bit contradictory. If DICE had decided that it made sense from a gameplay perspective to name the enemy "The Smurfs", I wouldn't give a damn. It's changing the name out of some sort of PC bullshit that I find annoying.

Are you a different Bhruic, or are you the same one that just 3 posts below said the real reason they did this was for publicity? Of course that's what this is all about. This has nothing to do with political correctness in my view.
 
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