Tuesday, October 05, 2010

US Military banning video game featuring Taliban

While I'm disgusted at the idea of Taliban as playable characters, I'm also not too keen on a military ban on domestic goods. What do you think?

Spencer

3 comments:

Paradox said...

Something about the First Amendment comes to mind...

Jesse said...

This isn't a First Amendment issue. The military is not killing the creators and keeping the game from the general public because of the Taliban issue. The government isn't arresting the programmers and designers and shipping them to a secret prison. All that's being done is a ban (most likely temporary given all of the negative press that the military has received lately) of the game in DoD run stores and stores that are contracted by the DoD.

AAFES, and the equivalent stores run by other branches of the military, is run by the DoD, so any bans apply only to those stores. If I wanted to, I could walk off my base right now and buy this game at a WalMart (although I seem to be living in the only part of the world without one nearby!) and bring it back to base with no repercussions. I won't be sent to Captain's Mast or executed or even verbally reprimanded.

It's really no different than the sale of pornography in stores. Pornography is legal if you're over 18 and so is everyone involved. Tasteless? Yeah, but still legal. But a lot of stores don't sell it. Is that a First Amendment issue? No, it's just the policy of those stores to not sell things they find tasteless or offensive to customers. The military is just doing the same thing; with all of the PTSD that guys returning from Iraq and Trashcanistan are experiencing, the last thing the military wants to do is exacerbate those issues with a game that allows you to play as the same people that they were just deployed to fight.

The Warrior said...

Good discussion so far guys; keep it up!