Enlisted Gamer Criticizes Military Response To Medal Of Honor

Stars and Stripes, the foremost independent publication covering the United States military, examined the Army and Air Force's recent decision to forbid Medal of honour from being sold in their exchanges. One enlisted man blasted the decision as shortsighted.

Marine Cpl. Aaron Hostutler, described as an "avid gamer" is the only service member quoted in the article. Medal of honour, of course, was banned from base exchanges and later changed the name of Afghan fighters in its multiplayer mode to Opposing Force, or "OPFOR" after outcry over the fact the Taliban were playable and could kill U.S. troops. That change saved the Army's endorsement of the game - noted in its television marketing - but wasn't enough to put it back on PX shelves.

"In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 you can play as several different countries' forces and often you're playing against and killing Marines or our allies," Hostutler noted. "I don't understand how ‘Medal of Honor' is any different."

Hostutler added he believed the decision to ban the game's sale was made by "a commander who doesn't play video games and hasn't caught up with the times yet."

Medal of honour, coming Tuesday from Electronic Arts, was made with the support of the Army, which granted developers access to soldiers, weapons, locations and vehicles to ensure its authenticity. Evidently they were unaware of the multiplayer mode, in which U.S. forces battled Taliban fighters, both controlled by users.

AAFES Shelves Lined With Plenty Of Violent Entertainment [Stars & Stripes via Game Politics]


    Not to mention in a certain other game where you're 'called to duty' you're allowed, as a United States agent, to casually murder innocent civilians whilst speaking no russian at all... I bet that certain games sold on base?

      Ah but they are not American civilians so it is ok.

    I really do not see the problem. Its just a multiplayer skin, not a single player taliban "OpFor" story FPS where you go though missions to kill coalition forces.

    whats so different with BC2 as well? as russians you're killing americans too.. and MoH is just a huge rehash of bc2.

    I'm glad that he spoke out, but I hope he doesn't get into strife for his comments about the guy who made the decision.

    I'm just glad we still get to kill Americans online, especially those little whiney ones that cry "lag!" all the time.
    I wonder if I'll get banned if I wear a towel on my head while doing it?

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