- By Andrew SwiftAndrew Swift is an editorial researcher at Foreign Policy.
Makers of the video game Medal of Honor announced today that they were removing the option of being a Taliban soldier in online multiplayer. Electronic Arts had come under fire for the insensitivity of creating a virtual world in which gamers could act as virtual Taliban and shoot virtual U.S. troops.
Of course, EA isn’t actually removing the option of playing as Taliban, they’ve merely renamed them to "Opposing Force." Wow, a game set in Afghanistan, an opposing force — hey, EA’s letting you play as al Qaeda, too!
It also should be noted that gamers have long had options of playing as terrorists long before Medal of Honor came around. The issue was ignored because ultimately there were a lot more pressing problems.