US Marine Upset With Depiction of Afghanistan In Medal Of Honor

By Colin Tan on October 13, 2010, 12:51AM EDT
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One US Marine Corps veteran, Benjamin Busch, has given his two cents on EA's reboot of the Medal of Honor franchise.

"I honestly don't like that Medal of Honor depicts the war in Afghanistan right now, because - even as fiction - it equates the war with the leisure of games. Changing the name of the enemy doesn't change who it is." wrote Busch on the NPR website.

"But what nation or military has the right to govern fiction? Banning the representation of an enemy is imposing nationalism on entertainment.

He, however, doesn't believe that games can be used to "train its players to be actual skilled special operations soldiers, nor is it likely to lure anyone into Islamic fundamentalism...What it does do is make modern war into participatory cinema. That is its business."

"And for those who truly want to play for a Medal of Honor, recruiters are standing by. Only eight have been awarded since we invaded Afghanistan. All but one have been posthumous."

Medal of Honor is out today for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Controversy over the inclusion of the Taliban have been following in its wake ever since the beta ended and the media and politicians caught wind of it.

Source: NPR

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