Medal of Honor screenshot
Medal of Honor screenshot

After much consideration, EA has removed the Taliban from the multiplayer mode in its upcoming modern war FPS, Medal of Honor.

The move comes following feedback from friends and families of fallen soldiers who have expressed concern to EA over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of the game.

"In the past few months, we have received feedback from all over the world regarding the multiplayer portion of Medal of Honor. We've received notes from gamers, active military, and friends and family of servicemen and women currently deployed overseas," explained Medal of Honor executive producer Greg Goodrich. "The majority of this feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. For this, the Medal of Honor team is deeply appreciative.

"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."

Goodrich added that the change should not directly affect gamers because it doesn't fundamentally alter the gameplay. The switch has been made for the men and women serving in the military and for the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"To all who serve - we appreciate you, we thank you, and we do not take you for granted. And to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines currently serving overseas, stay safe and come home soon," concluded Goodrich.

Medal of Honor will be released in the UK on October 15, 2010.

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Posted 00:42 on 02 October 2010

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Stegosaurus-Guy-II@ tsep23

I doubt the old people complaining about playing as the Taliban were planning on playing the game either way, but they were still taken out.
Posted 08:02 on 03 October 2010
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tsep23@ Stegosaurus-Guy-II

If you dont want to play as an American special forces unit kicking the **** out of sand pounding taliban then don't buy the game dude.
Posted 05:06 on 03 October 2010
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Thank you for putting some humour into such a painfully stupid world.
Posted 11:56 on 02 October 2010
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altaranga@ Woffls

Many thanks.:thumbup:

The Tellytubbiban + Woffls = Win.
Posted 10:52 on 02 October 2010
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clangod@ Woffls

Ha ha lol. You forgot the cloth wrapped around the head part. Still looks like any Taliban I ever saw. The red one looks especially extremist. He just looks too happy to be there.
Posted 10:39 on 02 October 2010
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Posted 00:42 on 02 October 2010
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@ Draytone - My Cod spin should have been obvious but here goes
MoH = Real Tier 1 ops in a real country against a seemingly real group of fanatics , terrorists , cult , whatever . The removal of the name of that opposition which had only a wk or so ago been defended by EA & MoH reps has now left the game and the company looking sheepish & though they have respected families wishes , the don't play online Or don't buy it comments made will no doubt see a few fired & the odd news clip praising or preying on it . EA like Mw2 will get free publicity
Activisions Cod spin will be from some poon bragging that our game isn't set in real locations or if they are the time and locations don't offend so buy our game . You still play as real soldiers in real units but in unrealistic situations .Nukes every 5 minutes is a bit tedious no? lol
I think its a shame they caved in to pressure but flip that & its good that have the respect to do it but flip again & its a good pr spin to get us gamers talking about it & will anyone cancel their pre-order just its changed ?
No i didn't think so .
Posted 23:58 on 01 October 2010
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How about taking clangod's suggestion of the Tellytubbies and running with that down the left field? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...

The Tellytubbiban.

*wishes my photoshop skills were up to the task*
Posted 23:52 on 01 October 2010
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So am I to understand that there's been a ...Towelie ban
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Posted 23:28 on 01 October 2010


Should have called them the Tiliban, then they could say they hadn't added the Taliban and people were making a fuss over a fictional group.
Posted 21:53 on 01 October 2010
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Opposing Force? WTF is that? They could have come up with a better name than that.
Posted 21:06 on 01 October 2010
dudester's Avatar


Thats why I like shooting aliens I don't yet have to worry about the lawsuit that follows it.
Posted 19:06 on 01 October 2010
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I suppose we better remove other names from games such as Americans, Russians, and Nazis? Taliban is and enemy to the game for crying out loud. Sick of things having to be politicly correct all the time.
Posted 18:59 on 01 October 2010
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I would resepct them more if they had the balls to leave it in tbh.
Posted 17:54 on 01 October 2010
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I don't think altaranga's comments are far from the truth at all really.

EA have clearly set out to create a war game based solely on a current conflict. The developers and EA collectively would have anticipated some form of back lash not only from a civilian point of view, but there are definite political overtones set when you choose not to distinguish between Taliban forces and an opposer of middle eastern appearance. I have more inclination to beleive that it was all part of a bigger plan as now no matter what they call them, they will forever be refered to as Taliban anyway. So indirectly, EA have acheived what they have originally set out to do, and fluffed up the pillow by making a change based on the complaints of civilians concerned not with the depiction of Taliban forces (as they are modelled/ or the game setting), but the moral indignity to those serving and lost to this particular theatre of war and their families.

I don't disagree with the change. Why would I? I still get to play the game, only now "Opposing Force" are just words on the screen which losely translated still represent "Taliban". At least they have heeded the concerns of the people directly affected by this conflict and given them what little form of respect they could offer. It's still Afganistan. It's still Medal of Honor, therefore it's still America versus Taliban no matter what spin you put on it.

Publicity. It's only worth while if the masses are talking about it so ultimately EA could never lose... There'll still be those who will not be happy with the result. There will forever be opposition to these kind of themes in video games. Just how much justification someone needs to play the game does not revolve around our eagerness to kill a graphically rendered "real bad guy", gamers just want to play a game.

I'd quite happilly mow down swarms of Tellytubbies with an M16, then launch a few predator missiles at their cave systems high up in the Afgahni mountains. Does it matter what they're called? No. Put a rag on a Tellytubbie's head and hand him a machine gun and he's still an insurgent. He's still the "opposing force", he's still Taliban.
Posted 17:52 on 01 October 2010

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Release Date: 15/10/2010
Developer: EALA
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: First Person Shooter
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