Kotaku is reporting that Medal of Honor has been banned from sale on American military bases worldwide because of a gameplay element in which gamers can play as the Taliban. This means that it will not be sold in any PX or on-base GameStop.
Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Commander Maj. Gen. Bruce Casella, told Kotaku, “Out of respect to those we serve, we will not be stocking this game.We regret any inconvenience this may cause authorized shoppers, but are optimistic that they will understand the sensitivity to the life and death scenarios this product presents as entertainment. As a military command with a retail mission, we serve a very unique customer base that has, or possibly will, witness combat in real life.”
In an email obtained by Kotaku, Gamestop employees are involved that “GameStop has agreed out of respect for our past and present men and women in uniform we will not carry Medal of Honor in any of our AAFES based stores… As such, GameStop agreed to have all marketing material pulled by noon today and to stop taking reservations. Customers who enter our AAFES stores and wish to reserve Medal of Honor can and should be directed to the nearest GameStop location off base. GameStop fully supports AAFES in this endeavor and is sensitive to the fact that in multiplayer mode one side will assume the role of Taliban fighter.”
Excellent work from Kotaku in reporting this story.