Medal of Honor 2010: Taliban now “Opposing Force” for MP game

Medal of Honor 2010: Taliban now “Opposing Force” for MP game

We’ve been bringing you news of the newest Medal of Honor game, due out in the U.S. on October 12 and the 15th in the U.K. We’ve already informed you of the PC multiplayer beta due out on October 4 and also the PS3 multiplayer trailer. However you may also have read our previous story about how military bases in the U.S. were banning the game from sale on base, one of the issues being the capability for players to take on the role of the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers.

Now it seems that Electronic Arts, publisher of the hugely-popular Medal of Honor franchise, are to pull the feature allowing people to play as members of the Taliban in multiplayer mode. The latest Medal of Honor game, for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, is based in Afghanistan and plays US forces against al-Qaeda and the Taliban but because of heavy criticism Electronic Arts has made the decision to make a change, according to Mike Snider over on USA Today.

Executive producer of the game, Greg Goodrich, said that to take into accounts the feelings of family and friends of fallen troops, the opposition is now “Opposing Force” or “OpFor” instead of the Taliban for the multiplayer mode. Goodrich also said, “Medal of Honor is a big thank-you letter to the troops, and if this one word caused some troops to not be able to receive that … let’s change it and hopefully people will get that.”

For more on this go to What do you think of the decision to drop the Taliban from Medal of Honor? You might feel the decision is taking sensitivities too far, or maybe you think its right to take into account the feelings of those fighting in Afghanistan? We’re interested in what you have to say about this so please feel free to send in your comments.

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  • Spike

    This decision is horrible. EA renamed it because of a backlash launched by overreactive military soldeiers and family of dead soldiers who want to enforce their reality on everything, even video games.

    This is as bad as South Park censoring the prophet Mohammad over warnings that almost sounded like death threats.

    Seems the First Amendmant is now forced to take a back seat in favor of safety for our troops and fellow Americans.

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  • mike

    its like playing a world war 2 game oh no their not germans, they are called the 'bad guys'. jus because they havent put a big neon sign over thier heads, we know what they mean due to location of missions, weapons, soldiers. so i think its sad to pull thier names coz they will still get called taliban online by players. n took the words out my mouth there steve lol!

  • Steve

    Really now? They changed it to OpFor? Do you think that the Taliban consider themselves "Opposing Forces"? Honestly, stop overreacting, IT IS A WORD. This stuff happens in real life EVERY SINGLE DAY. People need to stop turning their heads away from the truth. And how come this is considered so controversial, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 can make a mission where you play as terrorists who massacre civilians in an airport? Movies such as The Hurt Locker, win an enormous amount of awards and praises! Video Games, much like movies, ARE also a form of MEDIA! Medal of Honor needed to be released as it was meant to be in the first place…

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