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Medal of Honor exec producer nearly quit over Taliban controversy

"There were two specific incidents when I decided I just couldn't do it"

Medal of Honor executive producer Greg Goodrich has said the backlash over the Taliban's inclusion in the 2010 series reboot almost led him to resign from his position.


Publisher EA and developer Danger Close came under fire from mainstream press outlets such as Fox News for planning to allow gamers to play as The Taliban against US forces.

Branded as disrespectful, faced with political pressure, and inundated with messages from friends and families of soldiers serving in the war, EA was forced to change the name of the playable faction from 'Taliban' to 'Opposing Force'.

Goodrich spoke openly about the whole affair in the latest issue of GamesMaster, where he described playing piggy-in-the-middle during clashes between the "desires of a mega-publisher and those of a community of highly-trained killers", referring to the Tier One soldiers that advised Danger Close during development.

He said he wrote a letter of resignation on at least two occasions, citing the immense pressure of the Taliban incident as a driving factor.

"Having to deal with the secrecy of these communities, keeping their reputations intact and holding their livelihoods in the palm of my hand - not even having earned the right to yet... then having that break out!

"There were a lot of things going on. There were two specific incidents when I decided I just couldn't do it... Everything that these guys have built and lived for over the last 15-20 years of their careers is now in my hands. I took that very seriously and had a lot of sleepless nights and did a lot of staring at my ceiling thinking 'what have I gotten myself into?'"

Fortunately, as GM notes, EA managed to put things right and went on to raise money for the families of soldiers. Goodrich is now collaborating with Tier One operatives on a sequel titled Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

According to the GM feature, the friends and family of soldiers are being given final cut on Warfighter's content.

Order GamesMaster here for the full eight-page feature on Medal of Honor: Warfighter