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Video game reality


 

Two weeks ago, Defence Minister Peter MacKay stated his objection to the inclusion of the Taliban in a multiplayer mode of the video game Medal of Honor. In the wake of that and other statements of concern, the New York Times’ Seth Schiesel sorts through the trouble.

So what has appeared to prompt the defense ministers of three Commonwealth countries to blast Medal of Honor is their visceral reaction against the idea that the Taliban is human. The very concept that “their side” has soldiers (not thugs, criminals or terrorists, but soldiers) on an equal footing with “our” soldiers can be tough to swallow.

Is that fictional entertainment, or is that reality?

Likewise, Dan Gardner adds his thoughts.


 

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