Row in Denmark over 'shoot NATO soldiers' Taliban computer game
An upcoming version of a popular computer game where gamers can assume the role of Taliban fighters and target NATO soldiers has angered Danish soldiers who have served in Afghanistan, reports said Thursday.
The new version of the game, Medal of Honor, is due for release in October. It will allow gamers to deploy roadside bombs and play the role of Taliban fighters who fight against NATO forces in Afghanistan, DPA reported.
"It is like shooting at your Danish army buddies and I don't know any soldiers who want to play it," Carl Bratved, head of a new army veterans' home, told the metroXpress newspaper.
Thirty-six Danish soldiers have died in Afghanistan since Danish forces were deployed there in 2002.
Defence Minister Gitte Lillelund Bech said the game was "in bad taste" and said she "appreciated the concerns" raised by the veterans.
"This is a conflict that is not over," she said.
The government however had no plans to legislate against the computer game and the minister said she was convinced young Danes could differentiate between right and wrong.