OXCGN is always trying to encourage new writers to express their views through other means that simply forum banter. So they asked for gamers to express their views on the recent Medal Of Honor Taliban controversy.
Here are the two entrants picked from the number that submitted write-ups on the topic. Well worth the read both for and against the change of name and the whole issue actually. Slip over now and check it out, and pass your comment as well.
A few weeks ago we held a competition inviting gamers to voice their opinion on the recent backflip by EA where they changed the name of the Taliban to Opposing Forces.
To be honest I personally was confused as to why EA would be keen to produce a game about a modern real ongoing war when they must have witnessed the outcry over Six Days In Falluja (a game that was going to use real veterans’ experiences).
That game has disappeared off the radar, but EA foolishly (or if I was a cynic I’d say purposely for publicity) forged ahead with a game about Afghanistan that allows gamers to play as the enemy Taliban in multiplayer.
Then they backfliped and change the name. Were they doing the Modern Warfare 2 “No Russian” thing, courting controversy to get people talking?
In any case you gamers had strong opinions: some who supported the backflip and some who thought it was cowardly. Thank you for your comments and involvement.
Here are two slightly edited excerpts from the entries we received.