You Will Have to Pay Extra to Fight in Bin Laden's Back Yard in the Next Medal of Honor

Zero Dark Thirty is a film coming out in December. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Oscar for The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty looks at the decade spent hunting down Osama Bin Laden, and the mission in which he was killed.


Zero Dark Thirty is also now a map pack for Medal of Honor Warfighter. In a press release, EA described the areas the map pack will let players explore:

Set in one of the most dangerous hotspots in the world, the first map is Darra Gun Market, Pakistan's flourishing arms bazaar. Darra, the largest illegal arms market in the world, is a tribal land based on two principles – hospitality and revenge. No police are allowed to enter the area and the laws are made by the tribal leader. The second location is Chitral, which sits in the far north of Pakistan, bounded by Afghanistan to the west and China to the north. It is a remote, rugged area governed by tribes that will not allow even the Pakistani army to operate there.

This is the same game that, a few weeks ago, drew a great deal of attention for promotions featuring real life weapons sellers tied to the game. The tomahawk featured in the promotion was, in part, to raise funds for Project Honor, EA's charitable giving project to help military families.

The Zero Dark Thirty map pack will also tie in to the charity, EA said. For each $9.99 map pack sold, EA will donate $1 to Project Honor nonprofits. Medal of Honor Warfighter is set to be released on October 23; the Zero Dark Thirty map pack will launch on December 17, to tie in with the film's theatrical release.



I don't approve or disprove of the use of the maps, but I'm always a little disappointed about all the mindless cheering and high-fiving surrounding Bin Laden's death. Was he a horrible person? Absolutely. But I think as human beings we should be more quietly relieved and depressed that we've come to this as a species where it even had to be done, and work to do better. I guess I'm just against anything that promotes and encourages the "us vs them" mentality that gets crammed down our throats in the media these days.