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UK official decries video game with Taliban role

British Defence Secretary Liam Fox sought a ban on a `tasteless` computer game which allows players to kill allied troops as a Taliban insurgent.



London: British Defence Secretary Liam Fox
on Sunday sought a ban on a `tasteless` computer game which allows
players to kill allied troops as a Taliban insurgent.

The latest version of the Medal of Honor game, published
by Electronic Arts, allows gamers to opt to play the role of
insurgents in a multi-player mode and receive points for
killing allied soldiers.

Fox called for the game to be banned and said the idea
of recreating Taliban attacks on allied soldiers was
disgusting.

It has already enraged many in the US who believe it is
insensitive to soldiers involved in the real conflict and
those who have lost loved ones in Taliban attacks.

Fox told The Sunday Times: "It`s shocking that someone
would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban.

"At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers
and wives have lost husbands.

"I am disgusted and angry. It`s hard to believe any
citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un
-British game.

"I would urge retailers to show their support for our
armed forces and ban this tasteless product."

The game, which has been given an 18 certificate, is
likely to provoke a further backlash when it goes on sale in
the UK in October.

The company defended its position, saying that someone
always has to take on the role of the enemy in combat games,
Daily Mail reported.

Amanda Taggart, a spokeswoman for Electronic Arts,
said: "The format of the new Medal of Honor game merely
reflects the fact that every conflict has two sides.

"We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides.
Most of us have been doing this since we were seven: someone
plays cop, someone must be robber.

"In Medal of Honor multi-player, someone`s got to be
the Taliban. Nobody who plays video games is going to be
shocked or surprised by this."

As of August 21, a total of 332 British forces
personnel have died while serving in Afghanistan since the
start of military operations in October 2001.

PTI

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