Regarding the Stripes Central article “Revised ‘Medal of Honor’ still off-limits” (Oct. 7): I’ve kept track, through Stars and Stripes, Army Times and online sources.

The Sept. 20 Army Times included a letter from Staff Sgt. Michael K. Edelstein titled “ ‘Just A Video Game.’ ” He says there are World War II and Vietnam War titles offered for sale and no one complains. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service sells those games as well as the “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” titles.

Those games have content similar to the “Medal of Honor” title. A player can play as an opposing force and kill models of American soldiers. So what’s the difference? What will be the outcome of the Nov. 9 release of “Call of Duty: Black Ops”? It would only be fair if AAFES pulled all games with similar content, and not single out one game.

AAFES sells movies and television shows like “Generation Kill” and “Green Zone.” No one complains about the depiction of slain servicemen in those programs. Should they pull the movies and TV shows, too?

Only servicemembers who are overseas are affected, because we can’t get a copy off post. Thank you, U.S. Postal Service, since AAFES doesn’t care about morale.

Servicemembers should not purchase U.S. vs. Taliban-themed chess sets, because that could be offensive.

I have played “Medal of Honor” and “Call of Duty” titles. I see them as just games. I don’t see myself slaying Americans in multiplayer. I’m enjoying a pitched, fictional battle, the entertainment purpose, that only exists in the video game realm. I know my mother doesn’t want me to die overseas, but she doesn’t care what video games the Army plays. Soldiers will get this game without AAFES’ help. It’s a shame that Walmart doesn’t have the motto “we go where you go.”

Sgt. Jereme Castille

Forward Operating Base Diamondback, Iraq

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