Game Alert: Medal Of Honor Released TODAY!
Today is the debut of EA’s Medal Of Honor (MOH) and it’s been quite the buzz beyond the gaming realm. It’s a first-person shooter based off of actual military events in Afghanistan. Besides battling its competitors for sales this fall, it’s also battling conservatives from banning the sale of this video game. MOH is available in stores today, but not in all stores.
Britain’s Defence Secretary Liam Fox has called for UK retailers to boycott the game in order to “show their support for the armed forces.” In the U.S. alone, some military bases and exchanges decided not to stock up on this game. Gamestop, EB Games, Best Buy and of course Amazon aren’t a part of this movement.
Conservatives are flabbergasted at the idea of being able to play as a Taliban gunning down American and NATO forces. This is only available in online multiplayer, by the way. Anyone who plays video games is not going to be surprised by this. As an EA spokeswoman said, “Most of us have been doing this since we were seven: someone plays the cop, someone must be robber.” Supporting this game has no correlation with the desire to contest against our own country. It’s a video game, an interactive movie if you will.
Rather than bashing the game’s plot and assuming the societal damages it could cause, lets focus on the important things—Medal Of Honor is far from tasteless and EA had a special collaboration with soldiers in Special Forces. The producers have invested a lot of time and efforts into researching specific details to make the stories and scenarios accurate. The art in audio scoring and graphics is outstanding. The story line is intriguing because it’s based on real events. MOH is available for all platforms except the Nintendo Wii.
Check out the trailer: