The new Medal Of Honor has been cooking up a storm in the media of late in relation to its direct references to the current war in Afghanistan, most specifically its depiction of the opposing forces of the Taliban. Controversy has been plentiful in the US, and last week one MP called for the game to be banned in the UK.
Now, it’s emerged that the US Military have banned the title from sale in stores located in army bases. The first-person shooter from EA, due to launch this fall, is to be glossed over in 49 GameStop stores with Army and Air Force Exchange Services affiliations. As such, all related advertisements and promotions have been discarded from these stores, with gamers referred to different branches should they wish to pre-order the title.
An email circulated amongst employees read:
“GameStop has agreed out of respect for our past and present men and women in uniform we will not carry Medal of Honor in any of our AAFES based stores.
“As such, GameStop agreed to have all marketing material pulled by noon today and to stop taking reservations. Customers who enter our AAFES stores and wish to reserve Medal of Honor can and should be directed to the nearest GameStop location off base.”
The chain has shown its support for the move, saying that “GameStop fully supports AAFES in this endeavor and is sensitive to the fact that in multiplayer mode one side will assume the role of Taliban fighter.” The decision was taken “out of respect for our past and present men and women in uniform”, according to the email.[Thanks, Kotaku]