I actually went out and picked up a game at full retail price the day after it was released. One might ask why would someone who is as frugal as I would do something like this. As it turns out, I have a little extra cash on me.
For those who don’t know, I just got back from spending a year in Iraq, and when you aren’t burdened with things like a wife and kids, cash seems to pile up pretty quickly. I have already invested in sacks with dollar signs on them, as well as a tuxedo and top hat. The monocle is in the mail.
Until all of that comes in though, I have been rocking out some MoH. I have to say that I am confused by the manner of what we are allowing in games and what we aren’t. I remember a little game called Six Days in Fallujah that was canned because people thought that it would be disrespectful to the Soldiers who fought in said battle back during the beginning of the Iraq conflict.
I can assure you right now that the military isn’t that thin skinned. As someone who has seen his fair share of insanity in both Afghanistan and Iraq, I have heard some of the most racist, misogynistic, un PC comments while on missions. And they are all said with a laugh and received the same way. At this point, most combat soldiers are jaded to the point that a video game isn’t going to set them off and force them to start protests in the name of good taste.
Six Days was eventually canceled. They found soldiers who had no problem crying like little bitches about how it was too soon to start profiting off the sacrifice of soldiers (funny that we allow Halliburton to do it though – ZING!). What we have in place instead is Medal of Honor, whose big claim to controversy was putting in a team named the Taliban. I can assure you that there is still a team with small brown people speaking Arabic, but they are now called OpFor for oppositional forces. Your delicate sensibilities will not be harmed.
I will also let you know that you cannot buy this game on any Military installations. You can find Modern Warfare 2 which has a team of little brown people named OpFor as well, but I think they are Brazilians, so you can get away with it. Resident Evil 5 taught us the lesson that black zombies are bad, now Arabs are as well. At least we are learning. Read the rest of this entry »