Video Game Pulled Globally From Military Stores Over Taliban Inclusion

As all stores located on Army and Air Force bases will no longer be allowed to sell Electronic Arts' upcoming military shooter Medal of Honor, because an aspect of the game includes playable Taliban characters.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Services has confirmed to Kotaku that they requested the game pulled from the 49 GameStop's located on bases in the continent US. The ban, an AAFES representative told Kotaku, also extends to all military PXs worldwide.

In an email to employees, GameStop says the decision was made "out of respect for our past and present men and women in uniform".

"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," the email, obtained by Kotaku, reads. "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.

"GameStop fully supports AAFES in this endeavour and is sensitive to the fact that in multiplayer mode one side will assume the role of Taliban fighter."

The stores on bases contacted by Kotaku all confirmed that they no longer will be selling the game and referred us to GameStops in town to pick up the title when it comes out.

Electronic Arts declined to comment further for this story.

They have, though, made their opinion on the matter clear.

The commanding general of the Army and Air Force Exchange Services confirmed told Kotaku that his decision was based on the inclusion of Taliban in the game and impacts all PXs located on Army and Air Force bases worldwide and all GameStops located on US bases.


    Gotta give it to the Yanks, they sure know how to overreact.

    What about all the games you can play as Nazis? Is that a disrespect to all our WW2 vets?

      you do know this is different don't you, or are you just simple? one is a current enemy, the army doesn't want to humanise them as it gets in the way of the brainwashing

        epic reply dude. I couldn't have said it better myself.
        That's totally what it's about.

          this just a big load of bullshit. I myself and ex service memebr and have no issue with Medal of Honor's taliabn inculsion and i know so many others that are current service memebers and have served in both iraq and Afganistan that have zero problem with the game because that its a freaking video game. you have no idea how popular video games are in the military and im not just talking about Operation Flashpoint.

    What happened to "it's just a game"? Oh well, at least EA executives aren't being tried for treason like those Pakistani cricket players who fixed matches are...!

    Don't you play as the taliban or taliban looking people in MW2 in multiplayer as well? If so, why hasn't anyone had a cry about that?

    1st, AAFES can choose to sell whatever items they want. 2nd, MOH series has actual MOH recipients approve along with EA execs whether it is a good title to produce. 3rd and Final,it's just a video game. If people find it offensive don't buy the game.

    RESPECT ... I agree with freedom of speech and all of that, but there is also called RESPECT and to teach our children to have some of it! NO GAMES like that anywhere...

    Well they could replace the Taliban with Robots or Nazis. That should keep people happy but its sort of stupid, its just a multiplayer skin, your not really playing as a taliban fighter and killing aid workers or beheading people. Its no different to Red vs Blue in other multiplayer games.

    Cause the Yanks are such saint's now aren't they!

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