August 16, 2014

Video Game Takes Cheap Shot at Tea Party

In a video game version of cops and robbers, guess, just guess, which group is the bad guy. In the next first person shooter in the Battlefield video game series published by Electronic Arts, Battlefield Hardline, the franchise turns from conventional warfare to a version of cops and robbers where the outlaws closely resemble Tea Party members. In a walkthrough of the game, the developers show a level where the characters must fight past a group critical of government, who hung a Gadsden Flag in its lair. Breitbart’s Noah Dulis writes, “Whether the sequence shown at Gamescom is simply a one-off encounter or indicative of more partisan messaging yet to be revealed, its inclusion in the first demonstration of the game’s singleplayer storyline is sure to make conservative gamers wary of what other surprises may await them in the finished product.” Many of these war games are lauded for their realistic depiction of reality. But a lone-wolf terrorist acting alone, or a group of terrorists moving slowly and quietly in the Middle East, doesn’t work well for a shoot-em-up pixel fest. Instead, the Battlefield franchise has turned to cheap shots. More…

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