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UK defence chief says video game with Taliban role disgusting

British Defence Secretary Liam Fox today sought a ban on a 'tasteless' computer game which allows players to kill allied troops as a Taliban insurgent.

world Updated: Aug 22, 2010 22:38 IST

British Defence Secretary Liam Fox on Sunday sought a ban on a 'tasteless' computer game which allows players to kill allied troops as a Taliban insurgent.

The latest version of the Medal of Honor game, published by Electronic Arts, allows gamers to opt to play the role of insurgents in a multi-player mode and receive points for killing allied soldiers.

Fox called for the game to be banned and said the idea of recreating Taliban attacks on allied soldiers was disgusting.

It has already enraged many in the US who believe it is insensitive to soldiers involved in the real conflict and those who have lost loved ones in Taliban attacks.

Fox told The Sunday Times: "It's shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban.

"At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands.

"I am disgusted and angry. It's hard to believe any citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un-British game.

"I would urge retailers to show their support for our armed forces and ban this tasteless product."

The game, which has been given an 18 certificate, is likely to provoke a further backlash when it goes on sale in the UK in October.

The company defended its position, saying that someone always has to take on the role of the enemy in combat games, Daily Mail reported.

Amanda Taggart, a spokeswoman for Electronic Arts, said: "The format of the new Medal of Honor game merely reflects the fact that every conflict has two sides.

"We give gamers the opportunity to play both sides. Most of us have been doing this since we were seven: someone plays cop, someone must be robber.

"In Medal of Honor multi-player, someone's got to be the Taliban. Nobody who plays video games is going to be shocked or surprised by this."

As of August 21, a total of 332 British forces personnel have died while serving in Afghanistan since the start of military operations in October 2001.

First Published: Aug 22, 2010 22:36 IST