Redwood City, Calif. – Video game publisher Electronic Arts (NASD: ERTS)
is taking flak for a feature in the next installment of its popular
"Medal of Honor" franchise that lets players assume the role of
Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. British defense secretary Liam Fox called the
game a "tasteless product," according to the Associated Press. "It’s
shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the
Taliban against British soldiers," said Fox.
"I would urge retailers
to show their support for our armed forces and ban this tasteless
The mother of a fallen soldier called the game
"disrespectful" during a segment on the Fox News Channel.
give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of us have been doing this
since we were seven: someone plays cop, someone must be robber," EA
spokeswoman Amanda Taggart told the Sunday Times.
"In Medal of Honor
multiplayer, someone’s got to be the Taliban. Nobody who plays video games is
going to be shocked or surprised by this."
Previous iterations allowed
gamers to play on either side of the conflict in World War II.
The new version
is slated for release in October.