Minister demands shops be stripped of Medal of Honor

23 August 2010

Bitterwallet - Medal of Honor Enough of this sick filth. If video games aren't banned, your children will become deviants, molesters, rapists and murderers. Fact.

That said, if you're in your thirties and reading this, you've already been exposed to gaming since you were born. A heavy diet of Asteroids, Jet Set Willy and Operation Wolf has no doubt taken it's toll by now, transforming you into a perverted serial killer. You're probably dissolving a body in the bath while you read this.

Of course, preventing social decay isn't always enough for those who want to rule on our lifestyle choices; what if a game simply isn't... very British? The Government's Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, wants shops to ban the next Medal of Honor game, released in October, because players can take on the role the Taliban and kill Allied troops.

According to Yahoo, Fox said:

"It's shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban. At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands.

"I am disgusted and angry. It's hard to believe any citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un-British game. I would urge retailers to show their support for our armed forces and ban this tasteless product."

A spokeswoman for the game's developer, Electronic Arts, told the Sunday Times:

"The format of the new Medal of Honor game merely reflects the fact that every conflict has two sides. We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of us have been doing this since we were seven: someone plays the cop, someone must be robber."

It's fair to say the game won't be to everyone's tastes, but then neither is Alan Carr. How many thousands of video games have recreated real-life battles or scenarios? The mafia isn't fictional, nor are the families that have had loved ones killed by them, but nobody's too concerned by social gaming on Facebook. Ah, but they're not British, are they? Fair point.

Interestingly, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has distanced itself from the comments of the Defence Secretary, stating the game will have an 18 certificate, meaning "there is a clear choice for consumers which they can exercise when making decisions about purchasing video games."

28 comments

  • Darren
    Where did I put my plastic bubble I should be living in? Did people not watch horror films as kids, I surely did, and I have no urge to become the next freddy krueger or gremlin... lol. Big Brother/Granny society here we come! ITS A GAME!!!!!there are only a few stupid people that take them serious!
  • coversnail
    So he supports actual war and killing but is anti-imaginary killing! Excellent publicity for the game though.
  • Barry B.
    Can you play as Alan Carr then?
  • Ben
    Please pass my comments to Liam Fox. Hi Liam I will be buying this game so that i can simulate the feeling of battle in Afghanistan. I'm a bit of a wimp you see, so would rather buy the game where i can do and receive no harm, than actually go out to Afghanistan without adequate equipment thank you very much.
  • Jerec
    MP's should stick to what they know best, conning extra money out of the Tax payers for new Moats and Castle Keeps, leave the gaming alone.
  • Al
    Maybe I'm missing something here, but there's a relatively famous game where you can go round killing the police if you choose to. So, killing police ok ... killing soliders not ok?
  • Mark
    Dear Doctor Fox, fuck off back to Capital Radio where you belong.
  • Carl
    What a load of bollocks. Games have been made about the world wars for countless years, and how many people were killed in those. Fecking doo-gooders. Next thing they'll be telling us to ban conkers in school in case someone gets hurt. No, wait a minute.......
  • digriz
    This is the guy's 15 minutes of fame, shame he didn't use it on something useful like the country going down the drain and the fact no one seems to be mentioning it.
  • Mr M.
    The stupid thing is that if he would've just kept his mouth shut then this game would have been released without people outside the gaming community being aware of it. He's just given it popularity and there will no doubt be a tabloid uproar because of it which is much more hurtful to the families of the soldiers. I bet he doesn't care about the friends and families of the taliban soldiers - if the game allowed you to go on a kiling spree for them he'd probably be right behind it. Perhaps the cunt should start thinking about doing his job and equipping our soldiers properly instead of bitching about a game.
  • Paul C.
    Just to point out that Dr Fox has had more than this as his fifteen minutes of fame. He used to date (and probably fuck) Natalie Imbruglia. Who's laughing now?
  • Ed B.
    "“It’s shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban. At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands." Same could be said about the British military, surely?
  • Nobby
    I used to love playing Tapper as a kid. It never made me want to be a barman.
  • Nobby
    Come to think of it "Daley Thompson's Decathlon" was fun too, but I never wanted to be an athlete either.
  • The B.
    "You’re probably dissolving a body in the bath while you read this." Why on earth would I do that? I like to leave them for a couple of days until rigor sets in, then the orifices get really tight plus their skin starts to get nice and soft, mmmmmmmm.........
  • Bunk
    This argument is pretty pointless because if you choose to play as the taliban, the game only lasts 3 minutes until you detonate your suicide bomb and 'complete the game'
  • bushbrother
    lol @ Bunk
  • Wonkey H.
    Liam should could round my house and find out first hand what years of war game abuse on the computer makes me do to foxes. I'll never get over how bad Stonkers was......
  • Phil M.
    . As a veteran of 1 Bosnia, 1 Kosovo, 2x Iraq and 1 x Afghan tour I think he's being a proper cunt. The British aren't even represented in this game. I'm actually looking forward to to blowing up some cunty yanks from the safety of my sofa.
  • Darren
    I think hes a fool, 90% of the soldiers out there probably play these games anyway, theres a cool video on Liveleak where they do call of duty style calls after 3 kills and one even shouts just like COD when a bomb drops on the taliban. Why not send out a free copy and some PS3's and TV's give them something to enjoy whilst out there, this man is really sad, but great publicity...
  • Ben
    Could someone, daily if possible, remember everyone there that THEY work for US. I don't need some nitwit in an Asda suit telling me what I can and can't see. Your job is to defend the interests of the people. And I find this game very interesting. Now cock off.
  • parpparp
    "Just to point out that Dr Fox has had more than this as his fifteen minutes of fame. He used to date (and probably fuck) Natalie Imbruglia." Actually I hear that it was the other way round: she gave it to him with a strap-on. That's right, Natalie Imbruglia bums Foxes.
  • Mr G.
    What about the children and wives of all those zombies, aliens, orcs and ghosts?
  • Jonny S.
    Jesus...all those zombies I've killed...I didn't give a moment's thought to their families...I mean I enjoyed killing them! I'm a barbarian!!!!!
  • Robbie r.
    I spent my entire childhood playing Pssst and now I'm a gardener as a direct result. Ban this sick filth.
  • ShakesHeadSadly
    I read this for the Alan Carr hating. But stayed for the Natalie Imbruglia images.
  • Mazie B.
    Gaming is an imprescindible matter to be discussed and should betaught in school, to integrate our kids to the sedentary routine Just joking
  • Joshua A.
    This aggravates me that you all fight over this game. Look I am a soldier and yes I have had friends die to the Taliban. But every other video game Medal Of Honor or Call of Duty or Battlefield has a history where men and women and fathers and mothers have died. What makes this game any different just cause it's a modern day game. You people are sick I have to say to criticize a game its A DAMN GAME!! Get over it you guys. US ARMY STRONG AIRBORNE RANGERS "MESS WITH THE BEST DIE LIKE THE REST"

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