I'm not going to bother linking to Hamza's article. You can find it for yourself. Chances are you have already seen it. Instead, let's get straight into this bitch.
So, some assholes think that Hamza is either being a baby, a hypocrite, or trolling for page hits with his article. Apparently it's not OK to have feelings. Whatever. I'm not going to really get into that. What I want to get into is the last part of his article. He talks about how in America's Army everyone plays as an American but sees the other team as an enemy force. Now, I don't think this in particular is the answer to his problem and I don't really care either way. What bothers me is the whole idea of playing online multiplayer as Al-Qaeda in general. I mean, how fucking insensitive can you get? Competitive online multiplayer with a real terrorist organization as one of the teams?
I know what you assholes are thinking:
But EternalDeathSlayer, nobody ever has a problem playing as the U.S. Army or the Nazis or the Japanese. And if we want games taken seriously as an art form then we need to tackle mature subject matter and be mature about these mature subjects in our mature games, otherwise we'll be seen as immature assholes playing kids games. Besides, movies and books feature narratives from the point of view of terrorists all the time.
And you see, that's just fine, at least when it pertains to a fucking story. But when you bring something that has the potential to hit that close to home into online deathmatches, you're just being irresponsible. Hamza is right. You're basically putting an avatar of Bin Laden into the hands of 14 year old kids everywhere on Xbox Live and PSN. Can't you just imagine then now, doing their best arab voice impression whilst shouting about "killing the infidels" and shit like that? Or conversely, can't you just imagine the little shitheads screaming about killing towelheads and shit all day online? There is a lot of hatred out there and a lot of stupidity.
Now, the hatred and stupidity aren't exactly EA's fault. There is nothing they can do about it. But one thing they can do is stop and ask themselves "is this necessary"? Because it's really not. They're basically glorifying an ongoing war for the fun and enjoyment of all of us who plan to buy it. You want to tell a story about the war in single player? A respectful and tasteful story? Fine, go ahead. Hopefully you'll make some progress in this never ending battle to be respected by Roger Ebert. But there really is no need for it to be in multiplayer. It serves no purpose at all.
Besides, who the fuck in their right mind would want to play as Al-Qaeda anyway? Only a dickhead, that's who. Judging by the amount of negative comments posted on Hamza's blog, it seems Dtoid is overflowing with dickheads these days.
P.S. The author of this stupid little rant has been up all night combating the pain of having an abscessed tooth removed today, therefore he is miserable and cannot be held responsible for this blog. Sure, it's not the most thorough or well thought out, but it's RIGHT and that's all that matters, dickheads