Twisted Metal and God Of War creator David Jaffe has explained that playing as the 'Taliban' in EA's Medal Of Honor left him "feeling strange" - to the point that he "simply could not play".
EA last month renamed the US military opponents in the game to the 'Opposing Force' from the 'Taliban' after intense pressure from groups representing the parents of war casualties - as well as retailers and the media.
Despite expressing his personal trouble playing the game, Jaffe defended EA's right to create such a real-life scenario - even suggesting the publisher could have kept the 'Taliban' name.
He wrote on Twitter: "Interesting. Just tried MOH multiplayer and they spawned me as Taliban and I simply could not play. I would not shoot. Wanted a surrender button. I **** you not. The power of interactive.
"Granted, 99% of the power stems from real world events that I bring to the game, but it's a start.Totally serious. Why would I want to play as the Taliban killing American soldiers? I just didn't want to do it. Am I a p***y? :)"
He added: "I'm not trying to blow smoke up the game's ass - like I said, 99% of the power is coming from real world knowledge I bring into the game so I'm not here all like 'interactivity is so ****ing emotional!' Just stating my reaction."
When asked if he had the same reaction to Modern Warfare 2's infamous 'No Russian' level - in which players take control of an undercover agent in a terrorist group staging an ambush on a civilian airport - Jaffe commented:
"Not even close. I was impressed by No Russian but didn't care one bit about mowing the peeps down. Hell, I wanted to see what kind of death animations they had in No Russian. Not sure why this affected me more."
He concluded: "I'm not thinking at all; just a gut reaction to the game. I think the game should 100% exist and they SHOULD be Taliban BUT I also think that because there is an ongoing conflict RIGHT NOW and innocents on both side are dying as well as soldiers, it's something I do not want to role play with other live people. It just felt strange to me. I assure you, I don't over think this sort of stuff. I tend to think gaming's claims of the power of interactivity is - in general- hyperbolic bull****. That's why I posted - this was a unique experience for me."
Pressed on EA's decision to dump the 'Taliban' name, he said: "It IS ok to do NOW. NO LINE WAS CROSSED! I wish they called them the Taliban. Jesus."
Check out our Medal Of Honor review through here.