EA recently confirmed that they had renamed the Taliban to Opposing Forces in their upcoming first person shooter, Medal of Honor. The game had come under some heavy flak from the media for including playable Taliban in the multiplayer and EA stated that out of respect to the families and soldiers of the war against terrorism, the Taliban name was replaced.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter had this to say, "I'm a little surprised and disappointed."
"I think that the political pressure is pretty silly, and don't think most gamers care. While it's definitely in bad taste to play as the Taliban, it's historically accurate to portray the conflict as having two sides, and technically appropriate to allow a player to play either side.
"The crazy thing is that there has been no uproar about the ability to play the Nazis in Call of Duty multiplayer, and that's been offered for a long time.
"My preference is to see developers make games the way that they want, and to let the market decide if it's a good idea or a bad idea. In this case, the backlash wasn't from the gaming community, but from the press, and I think it's a mistake to cave in.
"For the record, I'm not a fan of the Taliban, and wouldn't mind seeing them fight the Nazis in a game, so that no matter who wins, one of them always loses - sort of like Alien vs. Predator."
That's right, it's apparently very okay for people to play as Nazis but not as the Taliban. It's totally alright. Definitely no form of double standards or hypocrisy present.
The game's out on October 15 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The PC open beta kicks off on October 4.