As of noon today, all GameStop stores on U.S. military bases had to stop taking orders out of respect for the military personnel in Afghanistan.
According to an internal memo obtained by Kotaku, GameStop made the decision “out of respect for our past and present men and women in uniform.”
“As such, GameStop agreed to have all marketing material pulled by noon today and to stop taking reservations. Customers who enter our AAFES stores and wish to receive Medal of Honor can and should be directed to the nearest GameStop location off base.
“GameStop fully supports AAFES in this endeavor and is sensitive to the fact that in multiplayer mode one side will assume the role of Taliban fighter.”
The game, which arrives on October 12, has sparked a round of criticism for its decision to include the Taliban in the game’s multiplayer mode. The game itself tells the story of Tier One operators who go behind the scenes in Afghanistan to prepare for assaults. They perform assassinations, mark targets, and quietly set up missions.
EA has defended its decision to include the Taliban as a playable multiplayer opponent by saying, “It’s just a game.”
What do you think? Was it appropriate to have the Taliban in the game? Should EA have used another enemy instead?