Taliban Renamed in Medal of Honor, PC Beta Live

Friday Medal of Honor Executive Producer Greg Goodrich said that both EA and developer Danger Close have decided to rename the opposing team in the multiplayer portion of the game, converting the controversial "Taliban" into "Opposing Force." Both parties claim that this was done out of respect for U.S. soldiers and their families.

According to Goodrich, the team has received "overwhelmingly" positive feedback from gamers, active military, and friends and family of servicemen and women currently deployed overseas. However they have also received feedback from friends and families of fallen soldiers that have expressed their concern regarding the Taliban's part in the game.

"This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team," he said. "This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force."

He also added that the change will not directly affect gamers. "We are making this change for the men and women serving in the military and for the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice--this franchise will never willfully disrespect, intentionally or otherwise, your memory and service," he added.

As previously reported, the multiplayer open beta for Medal of Honor on PC has begun and will end on October 7 @ 11:59 PDT. The recommended system requirements are as follows:

  • Operating System: Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7
  • Processor: Quad Core 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM+
  • GPU: 512 MB of VRAM with Nvidia GeForce GTX260 or ATI Radeon 4870
  • HDD Space: 2 GB
  • Sound: DirectX 10 compatible
  • DirectX: DirectX 10
  • Disc Drive: 16X CD/DVD Drive
  • Marco925
    How terrible! Developers have succumbed to the attitude of...

    Shall we not speak in case we offend?
  • screechy
    It's just a game... I see no harm in it. I didn't hear people crying about having Japanese people killing Americans in world at war....
  • Supertrek32
    Those fighting for censorship are fighting against what those soldiers died for.
  • Raid3r
    follow the money.
  • Stryter
    Most soldiers who game would have played it regardless and not been offended, like myself.
  • HavoCnMe
    They should of changed it to Terrorists, Insurgents or Al Qaeda , its always the opposing force. JMO
  • the_krasno
    Soon they will replace the nazis in WWII games, then the communists, afghans, and eventually we won't be allowed to shoot at aliens! :(
  • abhik
    am i the only one who read:

    GPU: 512 MB of VRAM with Nvidia GeForce GTX260 or ATI Radeon 4870?
  • yyk71200
    Are they so afraid that Taliban can defeat US forces even if it is only in a game?
  • You guys need to understand how it is in time of conflict for the families of fallen soldiers or active military. It's not about censorship. I have no family or friends at war but I can understand very well how and why they are doing this. It's clear in this article. Opposing Force is a crappy name though lol. They could have thought of a better replacement. Like "cave dwellers" or something like that.