[quote="colliric, post:17, topic:209780"]
I think the videogame is being more criticised for the ability to play as Taliban rather than the fact that it is current.
I am a fan of past Medal of Honors, especially the "golden duo" of Frontline and Allied Assault, and I agree with this mother actually.
The reason I agree is because EA have dropped the WW2 motif for commercial purposes and instead of, say, letting gamers play medal of honor style games based on the Korean War or Vietnam or even the Gulf War, they have delibratly choosen the Afganistan war because it is controversial and current.
Call of Duty already did this itself, being of greater scope. But for a fan of the originals, Frontline, Allied Assault and even Heroes(on my psp), this is nothing but cheap selling out simply because WW2 is no longer popular in shooter games and modern warfare is(especially the game Modern Warfare). I agree WW2 has been done to death, but they really could have illuminated other wars which I know little about. I would like to play an MOH style game based on Korea as I know nothing about that war.
Instead they choose afganistan and controversy, especially with the choice to play taliban. I would have loved to see "Medal of Honor: Vietcong" or korea.
Doing something Non-WW2 makes sense since it has already been done over and over again (Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Battlefield 1942, etc.) and there have actually also been Vietnam games (Vietcong, Battlefield: Vietnam, etc.). I know there a mod for BF 1942 for the Korean War and also the first Gulf War and there have been a couple of games based on the first Gulf War, but you are right when you say there aren't that many games based on those two wars.
In terms of Afghanistan and the Second Gulf War, it makes sense that games would be made based on them since they are current and in the news. In a way, it's only controversial because people make it so. Deep down, one almost wonders if EA likes it that this woman is making noise since now more people will wonder what the issues are and may buy the game to see.
It was like when there was the hubbub over "The Da Vinci Code". I know one reason I ended up buying the book was because I wanted to see what was so controversial. Then I wanted to read "Angels & Demons" and now I am a big fan of Dan Brown and have read some of his other books--obviously, I realize he is a writer of FICTION and thus recognize that his historical claims are without much, if any, merit. quite often.