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US Soldiers Sound Off On Playable Taliban In New Medal Of Honor

by Jeff Marchiafava on Aug 21, 2010 at 01:30 PM

EA has been criticized recently for making the Taliban one of the teams in the multiplayer component of its upcoming installment of the Medal of Honor franchise. Playing as members of the terrorist group that has attacked the United States and various other countries around the world rubs some players the wrong way, and it seems like everyone has an opinion about the decision. But what do our actual fighting men and women think about it?

A recent interview by GamrFeed answers that very question. Joseph Jackmovich spoke with a total of nine men and women serving in various branches of the military, including the Army, Navy, and National Guard. Topics discussed during the interview include their feelings on whether playing as the Taliban is disrespectful to soldiers, how military shooters affect the public's perception of war, and how they feel about the way video games represent war.

The soldiers' responses vary greatly: Some feel video games can help educate the public about what soldiers experience during war, while others feel they can "cheapen the impact of war," and be disrespectful to the casualties of both sides of the conflict. If you've ever had mixed feelings about military shooters yourself, or if you're just interested in what our veterans have to say, I highly suggest you check the interview out for yourself.