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Violence in Video Games

By Patricia Kazelis, Candice Murray, Isaac Worthington, Catherine Mendel

United Kingdom - Recently the United Kingdom Secretary of Defense, Liam Fox, requested video retailers ban the game Medal of Honor scheduled for release in mid-October. Fox expressed his disgust with the game's tasteless nature and explicitly for allowing players to control members of the Taliban. Fox said, it was "shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban against British soldiers."

Some see the potential ban as a good thing, finding the game to be too realistic and debuting far too soon. Also, many believe the line between reality and fantasy is blurred and can allow for the seriousness of the war to be down-played. And aside from all that, it glorifies torture, and exploits the lives of our soldiers.

In defense of their position, EA Game President Frank Gibeau stood firm saying, "We respect the media's views, but at the same time [these reports] don't compromise our creative vision and what we want to do." Many also believe that if video games are allowed to be censored, it will open the doorway to censoring movies, television, and other forms of media. It is very important to preserve our rights, and make sure that no one's rights are taken away. The problem is who has the rights to play these games?

"It's fun killing people," said the 13-year-old standing outside a San Jose GameStop store. "I get to roam around and feel like soldiers feel. I've played the bad guys before, but this will be even better because it's based on the real thing. You don't want to hurt other Americans, but you've got to win the game." Many have concerns that if the ratings are not enforced, children that otherwise should not play the games intended for adults will play these games, taking the wrong things away from them.

Although many believe that this game should be banned, others believe that people should enforce the game ratings. For some people Medal of Honor could be a little upsetting because maybe they have family or friends fighting in the war. For others censoring the game would be taking away free expression from the creators and the gamers. Wether the game is banned, or the ratings are adjusted, the future looks bleak for Medal of Honor.