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Medal of Honor game draws fire because you can play Taliban side in multiplayer

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The heavily anticipated first person shooter from Electronic Arts, Medal of Honor, has drawn controversy as gamers will be allowed to play as the Taliban in multiplayer.

The option to play as the Taliban has drawn criticism from various news groups and specifically the mother of a soldier recently killed during the war. First lieutenant Ken Ballard was killed as the result of an accidental discharge of a mounted M240B from an M1 Abrams MBT. His death was initially reported as Killed In Action, but that was later changed when Army Criminal Investigation Division ruled the death an accident. EA has said that in all games, there are good guys and there are bad guys. In the past, game companies have pulled games that have caused furors. Konami, for instance, canceled a game called Six Days in Fallujah after a public outcry. See Industry Gamers for more.