The gaming blog-o-sphere is on fire following word that Electronic Arts has bowed to pressure to remove the Taliban as a playable faction in their upcoming Medal of Honor relaunch. From their press release:
However, we have also received feedback from friends and families of fallen soldiers who have expressed concern over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of our game. This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team. This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force.As this generation of gamers trades blows in yet another uninteresting debate over free speech, Wing Commander fans should remember that it happened here first. Wing Commander Prophecy featured this briefing for the first mission in the G'wriss series:
The Midway has been cut off from her primary supply routes by the enemy fleet in H'rekkah. Before her transmissions were jammed, we contacted a supply convoy destined for the Taliban colony. It has been notified of our situation and will be rerouted to the Midway. Our primary sensors have detected a small attack force closing to within strike range of this convoy.That was all fine, if somewhat odd, in 1997. Then, in 2003 with America's fighting men and women on the ground in Afghanistan, Electronic Arts released Wing Commander Prophecy for the GameBoy Advance. One small change: the ships were now bound for the Eielitian Colony. In short, this whole situation is just another instance of Wing Commander doing something first. Where's our parade?!