PX Commanding General Explains Global Ban on Medal of Honor Game

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The commanding general of the Army and Air Force Exchange Services told Kotaku today that his decision to have Medal of Honor pulled from U.S. military bases worldwide was spurred by "well-documented reports of depictions of Taliban fighters engaging American troops" in the game.


"Out of respect to those we serve, we will not be stocking this game," the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's Commander Maj. Gen. Bruce Casella, told Kotaku. "We regret any inconvenience this may cause authorized shoppers, but are optimistic that they will understand the sensitivity to the life and death scenarios this product presents as entertainment. As a military command with a retail mission, we serve a very unique customer base that has, or possibly will, witness combat in real life."

The determination to not offer Medal of Honor, first broken by Kotaku, impacts all Army and Air Force Exchange operations worldwide, including its website and 49 on-base and post GameStops. Any reserve or preorders placed through shopmyexchange.com will be cancelled. Preorders originally placed through GameStops on Army and Air Force installations will be transferred to the nearest GameStop off the Base or Post.

We've contacted EA for comment and will update when they respond.



Kind of an aside, but why do people even buy new games in stores any more? Ever since Amazon debuted over 10 years ago, I've bought virtually all my entertainment purchases (books, games, music, movies) over the internet. It's cheaper and more convenient.

Soldiers get mail, right? Just get it from Amazon.

Do you guys (not just talking about soldiers now, but everyone on this thread) really really need to have the game on the very first day? You can't wait 2 or 3 days to have it shipped to you?

Man, 10 years ago ordering stuff online felt all futuristic-y. If you told me that in 10 years time the vast majority of young, internet-savvy people (which most gamers fall into) still would be going into brick-and-mortar stores to buy a videogame I would have thought you were some old, technology-hating pessimist.

Ordering stuff that doesn't need to be tried out in the store (like games) was the natural trend of the world. The fact that that hasn't happened yet is as kind of depressing.