Let’s face it, the inclusion of the Taliban in EA’s Medal of Honor reboot was a big risk the publisher took. I’m all for it, I abhor the double standard that exists in this case. Hollywood has, and could make a movie now about the Afghan War, taking any direction they want, and I assure you the uproar wouldn’t be as loud as what’s happened with MOH. “It’s just a movie.”
But honestly it must be tough even in a game to take up arms as the Taliban and shoot at American soldiers who are presently fighting that war. It’s probably nothing for some of us because we know it’s just a videogame, but apart from affecting the military, civilians and other civil groups, David Jaffe couldn’t help emotions take over when the game’s multiplayer spawned him as the Taliban.
He divulged the entire experience on twitter.
“Interesting. Just tried MOH multiplayer and they spawned me as Taliban and I simply could not play. I would not shoot. Wanted a surrender button. I **** you not. The power of interactive. Granted, 99% of the power stems from real world events that I bring to the game, but it’s a start.Totally serious. Why would I want to play as the Taliban killing American soldiers? I just didn’t want to do it. Am I a ***?!?! ” Jaffe said.
“I’m not trying to blow smoke up the game’s ass – like I said, 99% of the power is coming from real world knowledge I bring into the game so I’m not here all like ‘interactivity is so ****ing emotional!’ Just stating my reaction,” he continued.
As for the No Russian scene in Modern Warfare 2, according to Jaffe, it’s nothing compared to the Taliban struggle, at least not to him:
“Not even close. I was impressed by No Russian but didn’t care one bit about mowing the peeps down. Hell, I wanted to see what kind of death animations they had in No Russian. Not sure why this affected me more.”
In conclusion, Jaffe said he still believes, 100 percent, the game should be made, and what occurred with him was just a “gut reaction to the game”, and that the enemy “SHOULD be Taliban”.
He just found himself all twisted that’s all, you know, like his new game.
“I’m not thinking at all; just a gut reaction to the game. I think the game should 100% exist and they SHOULD be Taliban BUT I also think that because there is an ongoing conflict RIGHT NOW and innocents on both side are dying as well as soldiers, it’s something I do not want to role play with other live people. It just felt strange to me.
I assure you, I don’t over think this sort of stuff. I tend to think gaming’s claims of the power of interactivity is – in general- hyperbolic bull****. That’s why I posted – this was a unique experience for me.”