From: Cornwall, UK
A lot of one sidedness going on here. Taliban are people too. They also fight for what they believe in. It may not agree with the ideologies of the majority in this thread, and that's part of the problem in the first place. May I remind you all that were it not for the U.S. government, Al Qaeda would not exist today. Where do you think they got the training and money from?
Trying to be fair, why should anyone then want to ever play a game where you are the Americans? After all they have also done their atrocities, and still do so.
You are missing the point. Nobody is assessing the history, morals, motives, atrocities (or otherwise) of the Taliban - that would indeed be a 'political' thread. The only relevant point is that they are participating in an ongoing conflict, and are perceived as the enemy by the families of a great many people likely to buy the game (far more, I would venture to suggest, than the potential 'Talifan' market!), many of whom may have lost loved ones in the conflict. Exactly the same would be true were the war being fought against the Russians, Chinese, Venezuela, Luxembourg or anybody else you care to think of.
Maybe it was a publicity stunt?
Possible, but I doubt it. The game was always going to be a massive seller anyway and virtually everybody likely to buy it knew about it. The only publicity seems to have been bad, and the game may not now be appearing in a lot of Christmas stockings wheer it might have been without all the fuss.