GameStop has said it won't be selling the upcoming Medal of Honor title in its retail stores on Army bases. The company said in an internal email that the move is a mark of respect for men and women in uniform as users can shoot at American soldiers while playing as a member of the Taliban.
"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 Army and Air Force Exchange Service-based stores," the company said in an email to all employees. "GameStop fully supports AAFES in this endeavour and is sensitive to the fact that in multiplayer mode one side will assume the role of Taliban fighter."
EA has seen a significant amount of controversy regarding Medal of Honor but has so far refused to give in to pressure to alter the game. Late last month, EA Games president Frank Gibeau stood up to those against the game and asked why movies and books set in Afghanistan don't get flak but games do.
"At EA we passionately believe games are an artform, and I don't know why films and books set in Afghanistan don't get flack, yet [games] do. Whether it's Red Badge Of Courage or The Hurt Locker, the media of its time can be a platform for the people who wish to tell their stories. Games are becoming that platform."
Gibeau goes on to say that the team at EA expected controversy but went out of their way to produce the best story possible for the game.
"Games have been set in Afghanistan before. We anticipated this [controversy] when we decided on the concept of the game – this is about being a special forces solider.
"What's really important for us is that we partnered with the US military, and the Medal of Honor Society as well. We've gone out of our way to produce the best story for the game."
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