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VideoMedal Of Honor DLC dev diary

Senior producer speaks.

FeatureDICE on MOH's past, present and future

"Very exciting secrets" to be revealed.

FeatureLinkin Park's Phoenix Farrell

On Medal of Honor, Man United and more.

VideoMOH Clean Sweep DLC footage

Expands multiplayer modes and maps.

Key events

17th October 2010

Face-Off: Medal of Honor

12th October 2010

Medal of Honor

12th October 2010

Medal Of Honor launch trailer

17th September 2010

Medal of Honor sniper gameplay

2nd September 2010

MOH chopper gameplay footage

31st August 2010

Medal of Honor gameplay

15th December 2009

Medal of Honor - first trailer

GTA5, COD to account for quarter of all year's game sales - report

GTA5, COD to account for quarter of all year's game sales - report

Gaming's biggest franchises to dominate coming financial year.

Two video games, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Call of Duty, will account for around a quarter of all video game sales in the coming financial year, a report suggests.

A third of all money made from video games in the next year will also come from just those two titles, US financial analyst Baird Equity Research states (reported by Gamasutra).

Release dates for Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5 and Activision's next Call of Duty game have yet to be announced, although it's a fair bet that both will launch before April 2013.

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DICE clarifies Battlefield 3 beta, alpha

DICE clarifies Battlefield 3 beta, alpha

Alpha "closed" to Medal of Honor owners.

The Battlefield 3 alpha test is not the same as the beta test, DICE has explained. Therefore, Medal of Honor: Limited Edition owners are not eligible to join the alpha test.

"The alpha is a closed test and by invitation only," wrote DICE on its website.

"If you'd like to have a chance to be called upon, make sure to register for our newsletter and ensure your Veteran status is up to date.

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Bilson wouldn't have put Taliban in MOH

"It's emotional and it's personal."

EA's inclusion of the Taliban as a playable faction in the multiplayer portion of last year's Afghanistan shooter Medal of Honor turned enough heads to force it to scrap the idea at the 11th hour, but for THQ core games boss Danny Bilson, the Taliban should never have even been considered.

EA reveals strategy to beat COD

Riccitiello: "We can take the lead."

EA has revealed its out-there strategy to take the FPS crown away from Activision and its Call of Duty series: make a superior game.

DICE: MOH controversy affected reviews

DICE: MOH controversy affected reviews

Competing with Battlefield "awkward".

DICE, the studio behind the multiplayer portion of the recently released Afghanistan shooter Medal of Honor, reckons reviews were affected by the controversy surrounding the game's setting.

Medal of Honor hit the headlines for being set in Afghanistan, touching on fresh in the memory battles, and allowing gamers to play as the Taliban in multiplayer - the faction was eventually changed to Opposing Force.

"The controversy did affect some reviews," DICE veteran Patrick Liu told Eurogamer.

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EA: Medal of Honor a "clear success"

You can expect a sequel.

Despite middling review scores and analyst scepticism, Medal of Honor has been an unmitigated success story for EA, CEO John Riccitiello has insisted.

EA Sports MMA "dead on arrival"

Analyst: fighter tops off poor year for EA.

EA's attempt to muscle in on the mixed martial arts market with EA Sports MMA has been an unmitigated failure, according to industry analysts.

FeatureLinkin Park's Phoenix Farrell

On Medal of Honor, Man United and more.

Imagine being an international rock star. The girls! The parties! The drugs! The endless interviews with videogames reviewers who demand you justify your latest adventure in corporate schilling and obvious choice of football team!

Medal of Honor gets patched up

Medal of Honor gets patched up

PC bugs fixed, weapons tweaked.

PC users are set to be the lucky recipients of a Medal of Honor patch, developer Danger Close has announced.

The studio made the announcement on its blog, stating, "We have been working on the feedback from the forums that you posted during the PC beta. We are listening to your major concerns and are pleased to show you the change/fix list."

The list, which you can see in full below, includes a number of weapon and control tweaks, as well as various bug fixes.

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How much money did MOH make?

Nowhere near as much as COD or Reach.

Did EA's Medal of Honor make more money at launch than Activision's last Call of Duty game, Modern Warfare 2? In a word, no. More than Halo: Reach? No.

Digital FoundryMedal of Honor blocks PSJailbreak

Anti-piracy measures lock-out piracy.

The free ride is over - at least for now. Yesterday's US release of Medal of Honor confirms that Sony has nullified the piracy-enabling PSJailbreak by locking the code to the new 3.42 firmware. While "backups" of the game are now circulating the internet, the game is completely unplayable with the hack as is.

EA dismisses poor MOH review scores

EA dismisses poor MOH review scores

"This is a marathon not a sprint."

EA has defended shooter Medal of Honor after critics claimed "lukewarm" review scores led to a six per cent share drop in the company.

EA described the launch of the game as a "marathon not a sprint" as Metacritic showed a 74 per cent review score average.

"Critics' scores are highly subjective," EA told The Los Angeles Times.

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Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor

Tiers of War.

War is serious business, and if you doubt how seriously Medal of Honor developers Danger Close and DICE are taking the conflict their game portrays, consider the public explanation for the decision to change your multiplayer opponents from "Taliban" to "Opposing Force". It was taken "for the men and women serving in the military and for the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice," according to executive producer Greg Goodrich, because "this franchise will never wilfully disrespect, intentionally or otherwise, your memory and service." Serious words delivered with humility, but still words from a man who at some point during the game's development sat in a meeting where someone said, "Yes, let's have a quad-bike level."

Whereas films like The Hurt Locker evade accusations of insensitivity through their dispassionate and meticulous observations of the conflicts they portray, Medal of Honor ostensibly dodges the issue by not really being about anything except what's happening on-screen. There are no politics – there's arguably a subtext about the dehumanisation of US military personnel, but the B-movie story dialogue and CG cut-scenes borrowed from 1998 do little to convince you it was deliberate – and beyond a stylish Modern Warfare-inspired introductory sequence there's relatively little to explain the context of the actions you're taking as a Navy SEAL, a US Army Ranger, a Tier 1 Operator or an Apache gunner.

Still, this tunnel-vision approach to the campaign is hardly disrespectful to the troops Danger Close so venerates. It's set at the outset of the war in Afghanistan and chronicles the efforts of soldiers fighting over the complicated terrain of Shahikot Valley, a sprawling expanse of rock, sand, dust, snow and militants. We see how the conflict begins with intelligence-gathering and surgical incisions into Taliban and Al Qaeda strongholds and outposts, before the pressure for results from Washington leads to some bad decisions, near-defeat and considerable heroics.

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Marine dislikes MOH Afghanistan depiction

"It equates war with the leisure of games."

Games can never replicate an actual war and EA has created misconceptions by claiming Medal of Honor does, former US Marine Corps infantryman and Iraq veteran Benjamin Busch has argued.

Digital Foundry's Face-Off coverage of the new Medal of Honor should be complete for tomorrow, but in the meantime the chance to check out the HD remastering of the 2002 classic Medal of Honor: Frontline - bundled in free with the PS3 limited edition - proved irresistible.

US Army bases still won't stock MOH

Taliban change has poor effect on target.

The US military has no plans to reverse its decision about stocking Medal of Honor on Army and Air Force bases around the world.

PC Medal of Honor open beta live

PC gamers today have the opportunity to try out the multiplayer portion of controversial shooter Medal of Honor for free with an open beta.

You can download the client from the official site now.

The open beta runs until 7th October, and will shut down at 11.59 PDT, or 8am BST.

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It was actually a beta! These days when developers tell you that they're doing a multiplayer beta, it usually means they're doing a multiplayer demo which you can only access by redeeming a code. The price they pay in spreadsheet maintenance is covered by the resulting media frenzy.

MOH beta to

MOH beta to "clear up misunderstanding"

"About patriotism and respect."

EA has organised a last minute PC open beta for Medal of Honor to "clear up any misunderstanding" about the Afghanistan setting of the modern war game.

Just last week, EA beat off accusations about manipulating a topic - a very sensitive one - to shift games. Executive producer Greg Goodrich explained that MOH was "not about the Taliban or Al-Qaeda" but about honoring the soldiers that fought them. Even Call of Duty: Black Ops developer Treyarch jumped to its rival series' defence.

Doors will open to the Medal of Honor PC beta on 4th October, and close again on 7th October (middle-of-the-night 8th October here in Europe).

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Treyarch supports Medal of Honor team

Taliban ruckus was “unfair”.

Call of Duty: Black Ops developer Treyarch has declared its support for EA's Medal of Honor team following controversy over its decision to let gamers play as the Taliban.

FeatureMedal of Honor's Greg Goodrich

On respect, authenticity and why they chose Afghanistan.

Greg Goodrich looks tired. We expect he's tired because he's flown 5500 miles to sit in a room answering questions about Medal of Honor, on which he's executive producer. His weariness is probably more acute though because those questions aren't really about his game - a cleverly scripted and interesting FPS that looks smart and inventive - so much as they are about the ground beneath its feet. Everyone wants to talk about Afghanistan. Just ask Liam Fox.

MOH "not about the Taliban or Al-Qaeda"

Goodrich says it's about honouring soldiers.

Greg Goodrich has told Eurogamer that the new Medal of Honor uses the Afghanistan war, Taliban insurgents and Al-Qaeda because that's where the game's stars, the Tier One Operators, were deployed.

Medal of Honor Single-Player

Tiers before bedtime.

Danger Close - the developer formerly known as EA Los Angeles - has been adamant about one thing throughout its work on the single-player campaign for this Medal of Honor reboot: it's not about the setting, it's about the individuals.

EA: MOH must sell 3 million for sequel

EA's blockbuster shooter Medal of Honor must sell more than 3 million copies or there will be no sequel, if you can believe that.

Executive producer Greg Goodrich told the New York Times that if the milestone wasn't met, "I'm not going to be able to do another one."

Goodrich also went on to reveal that the game was nearly subtitled Anaconda, after the failed Afghanistan operation of the same name - not the 1997 film in which Jennifer Lopez tussles with a giant snake.

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FeaturePolitical Milestone

Videogames are no longer a soft target for conservative polemic.

Published as part of our sister-site GamesIndustry.biz's widely-read weekly newsletter, the GamesIndustry.biz Editorial, is a weekly dissection of an issue weighing on the minds of the people at the top of the games business. It appears on Eurogamer after it goes out to GI.biz newsletter subscribers.

COD military advisor defends MOH

Taliban are "hard little f***ers".

The retired soldier employed by Activision to ensure Call of Duty games are an authentic representation of real war has defended rival game Medal of Honor for allowing gamers to play as the Taliban in multiplayer.

EA hits back at MOH "un-British" claim

"British troops do not feature in the game."

Publisher EA has responded to the accusation from the Defence Secretary that Medal of Honor is "un-British" because it allows players to kill Allied troops as Taliban soldiers.

DCMS backs ratings system in MOH row

Liam Fox was "expressing personal view".

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has this morning distanced itself from the Defence Secretary's call to "ban" Medal of Honor in the UK – describing his comments as "a personal view" while backing the game's existing BBFC 18-rating.

Defence Secretary demands MOH ban

"Disgusted" at "un-British game".

Defence Secretary Liam Fox has demanded shops refuse to sell EA's Afghanistan first-person shooter Medal of Honor because it allows players to kill British troops as the Taliban.

DICE defends playable Taliban in MOH

Feel uneasy? "It's a fair point," says dev.

DICE, the developer behind the multiplayer portion of upcoming Afghanistan shooter Medal of Honor, has defended the decision to allow gamers to play as Taliban soldiers, saying: "It's a game."

EA admits COD and Halo will rule 2010

But has FPS crown in its sights.

EA COO John Schappert has admitted Activision Blizzard's behemoth Call of Duty and Microsoft's all-conquering Halo will remain top FPS dogs this year - but insisted they won't be so for long.

Linkin Park MOH video launches

Linkin Park MOH video launches

Tons of new campaign footage offered.

Linkin Park's new song "The Catalyst" was world premiered yesterday in a brand new Medal of Honor trailer.

Whether or not you like the rock band shouldn't overshadow the large chunk of campaign footage on offer.

Watch as Dusty - the bearded bloke - and friends escape a Taliban attack in an Afghan village, fly helicopters, drive trucks and generally do some war without looking perturbed.

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Medal of Honor 360 beta begins

Medal of Honor 360 beta begins

Try an unfinished game.

The Xbox 360 Medal of Honor beta has finally begun.

Head to the MOH website and log in to your EA account to redeem a beta key. When that key is redeemed you'll be given a token. That token can be used on Xbox Live to download the beta demo.

It sounds like a key is given to anyone with an EA account.

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Steam BFBC2 grants MOH beta access

Owners of the Steam version of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 have been granted access to the Medal of Honor beta test.

Both, of course, are EA games, and both have multiplayer made by DICE.

An Xbox 360 beta is "coming soon", EA has promised, but we don't know exactly when.

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Medal of Honor 360 beta

The Xbox 360 beta of upcoming shooter Medal of Honor is "coming soon", EA has promised.

Only those who pre-order the game will be sent invites, although EA has committed to extending the 360 beta to ensure "Xbox 360 players have ample time to play and provide feedback for the final product".

The news comes as the beta enters phase two on PC and PS3.

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Medal of Honor Multiplayer Beta

Medal of Honor Multiplayer Beta

Kabul and wireless.

In all their interviews regarding Medal of Honor, the folks at DICE have been adamant that just because they've been brought in to create the multiplayer component doesn't mean it's going to be a clone of Bad Company 2. While that may be technically true, you'd be forgiven for thinking the two games were twins, at least.

Created using DICE's proprietary Frostbite engine, and now snuggled up in a beta test for PC and PS3 players (Xbox 360 has been delayed, but should kick off this week), Medal of Honor's modern-day makeover can't help but look a lot like its nearest genetic relative. Partly, this is because DICE is pretty hot at FPS multiplayer, and if it ain't broke, blah blah blah.

That certainly explains why the two maps on show in the beta - Kabul City and Helmand Valley - bear all the hallmarks of the Swedish developer. These are organic, sprawling locations, jam-packed with hidey-holes, rat runs and sniping spots that change the gameplay on the fly. They're fun to discover, and even more fun once you've memorised some of the more useful spots and start to lure enemies to their doom in confined alleys or bullet-hell bottlenecks.

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Medal of Honor 360 beta delayed

Medal of Honor 360 beta delayed

PC and PS3 versions unaffected.

EA and DICE have said that the Xbox 360 version of the Medal of Honor multiplayer beta won't start until next week.

The PC and PS3 versions begin on 21st June, although people who own Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and have pre-ordered MOH can start playing today.

Xbox 360, however, faces a delay - the length of which hasn't been discussed.

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Sony ties up DLC/pack-in exclusives

Sony ties up DLC/pack-in exclusives

For MOH, Dead Space, Mafia, Brotherhood.

Sony has announced a bunch of exclusive tie-ups with third-party publishers to provide downloadable content, betas and limited editions only available to PlayStation 3 owners.

EA will launch special versions of the new Medal of Honor (12th October) and Dead Space 2 (28th January) that include exclusives bonuses. Medal of Honor will ship with an HD remastering of Medal of Honor: Frontline (remember that?), while Dead Space 2 will include a copy of Dead Space: Extraction featuring PS Move support.

2K, meanwhile, will offer exclusive day-one downloadable content for Mafia II on PS3. "Loads of new missions and hours of additional arcade gameplay," apparently. Mafia II's out on 27th August.

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BFBC2 gets Vietnam-set DLC expansion

BFBC2 gets Vietnam-set DLC expansion

Dead Space 2, MoH and its beta dated.

EA has announced a DLC multiplayer expansion pack for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 set in Vietnam. It will be released in winter 2010.

A very short teaser was shown of jungle action set to a Creedence Clearwater Revival tune. The press release confirms that you'll be able to play as either US Marines or North Vietnamese Army.

Meanwhile, Medal of Honor was confirmed for a 12th October release date, and Dead Space 2 will be released on 25th January 2011 (28th in Europe).

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Medal of Honor multiplayer beta date

Medal of Honor multiplayer beta date

Retailer points to early July.

EA will launch a multiplayer beta for the new Medal of Honor game on 5th July according to retailer Play.com.

"Pre-ordering Medal Of Honor from Play.com will give fans the opportunity to join the Medal of Honor multiplayer BETA when it goes live on July 5th 2010," according to the listing (thanks VG247).

"The BETA will take place between July 5th and July 17th - access codes will be emailed on July 5th. All pre-orders through Play.com will entitle customers to an access code. BETA access details are subject to change at any time."

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FeatureMedal of Honor

Taliban hammer.

Some people love music, others love comic books. Some people love more than one thing, and how they fit it all in their heads I will never know. Me, I love listening to people talk. Sometimes a game sneaks its way into the middle of that and I'll play it, but great conversations can make me love an ostensibly dull game and poor dialogue can ruin what might otherwise be a great experience.

FeatureMedal of Honor

Goat Recon.

With its latest Medal of Honor game, EA wants to show you a different side of modern warfare, and that different side - whisper it - has goats in it. You can't turn them into vehicles, though, and you can't strap Semtex to them and coax them towards trundling into enemy boltholes before obligingly exploding. I doubt you can even use them as cover. They're just trotting around the game's Afghan landscape, chewing grass, staring into the distance with that strangely sage look that goats often have, and thinking their goaty thoughts.

Medal of Honor trailer

Medal of Honor trailer "100% in-game"

Developer answers questions about reboot.

Electronic Arts has said that the recently released Medal of Honor trailer is "100 per cent in-game footage".

Speaking on the official website, executive producer Greg Goodrich also confirmed that the rebooted first-person shooter series has vehicle gameplay.

The new Medal of Honor takes place in Afghanistan and focuses on a group of "Tier 1 Operators". Goodrich explained that Tier 1 is a designation given to only a few units in the US special forces structure. Basically it means they're pretty wicked.

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Army man explains MOH operatives

Tier 1s do what "no one else can handle".

The army has explained to Eurogamer that Medal of Honor's Tier 1 soldiers really are the best of the best, and "take on missions that no one else can handle".

EA announces new Medal of Honor

EA announces new Medal of Honor

Set in present day Afghanistan, due 2010.

EA has officially announced the new Medal of Honor game for release on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2010.

Simply called "Medal of Honor", the game is set in present-day Afghanistan and focuses on Tier 1 Operators - super army soldiers, in other words - who get involved in situations all around the world.

"The development team has been working closely with Tier 1 Operators from the US Special Operations Community since the earliest stages of development to create the most authentic modern war experience," EA said in a press release.

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EA exec: MOH is "simply stunning"

C&C will be revamped too.

We still don't know anything about the new Medal of Honor, but EA Games vice president Nick Earl has told staff that it looks "simply stunning".

War and Spore for mobiles

MOH, Battlefield on way.

EA is planning to bring Medal of Honor, Battlefield and Spore to mobile phones, EA Mobile senior veepee Mitch Lasky told a mobile games conference this week.