A former US Marine has given his thoughts on the new Medal Of Honor game and they are rather sobering. Benjamin Busch served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps and has served two combat tours in Iraq.
“I honestly don’t like that Medal of Honor depicts the war in Afghanistan right now, because — even as fiction — it equates the war with the leisure of games. Changing the name of the enemy doesn’t change who it is.” he said.
“Imagine how frustrating this game would be if, just as you began to play it, an invisible sniper shot you dead every time. The game would not be popular, because being killed that way isn’t fair — just like war. Reality has a way of correcting misconceptions.”
Mr. Busch makes a strong argument on behalf of serving soldiers and – unlike certain British MPs – has a balanced view of the game, noting the title is unlikely ‘to lure anyone into Islamic fundamentalism.’ Also, unlike British MPs his words have a hell of an impact;
“A video game can produce no wounds and take no friends away.”
“Those who truly want to play for a Medal of Honor, recruiters are standing by. Only eight have been awarded since we invaded Afghanistan. All but one have been posthumous.”
If you wish to read the entire article from Mr. Busch (or listen to it – it’s taken from a radio show) then click here.
To be honest I’ve never given the setting of Medal of Honor much thought, it’s just another game and you could argue that we have all been slaughtering Russians, Japanese and Allies in countless games without giving two hoots.
The difference is they were faceless, nameless grunts. Benjamin (pictured to the left) has mates who are in Afghanistan, being shot at right now.