Is the ‘enemy’ in this new video game really a Tea Party member?

The latest iteration of a popular first-person shooter video game is sure to ruffle some feathers. Battlefield Hardline will not be released until March 2015, but a recently released trailer seems to indicate players will be fighting against an enemy that bears a close resemblance to what the left would characterize as a racist Tea Partier.

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“Let’s go to the game that has just come out that makes American constitutionalists and Tea Party people the enemy. And you can go and shoot them,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Let’s go to the game that has just come out that makes American constitutionalists and Tea Party people the enemy. And you can go and shoot them,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Anybody have a problem with this?”

As TheBlaze reports, the trailer shows the game’s main character escape from prison with a partner. Along the way, they come across a man who is describing the events that led to “the denigration, the humbling, the tearing down of everything that made this country great.” The protagonist later chokes a man wearing a jacket prominently featuring the Gadsden flag.

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When the main character crosses into ‘enemy’ territory later in the trailer, the Gadsden flag is again on display – this time hanging on the wall of a building.

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“Can you imagine if you could go into one of these games and you could shoot people in mosques,” Glenn asked. “Imagine what would be said?”

While the free market will decide whether or not this game is successful, Glenn did worry about the message it sends to kids playing the game who may not know any better.

What are the kids who play this going to think,” Pat asked. “They’re not going to be able to differentiate.”

“That’s exactly what I thought,” Glenn added. “If Raphe went over to somebody’s house, and they had this… He knows when we’re around that that flag will fly… He knows that we’re members of the Tea Party, if you will. We support it. He goes over and plays that game… ‘Well, wait a minute, My dad believes in some of those things.’ What does he think?”

According the game’s official website, “Right and wrong isn’t always that clear. With a fresh new style inspired by from the most popular crime dramas seen on television today, Battlefield Hardline’s gritty story will take you through so many twists and turns, you won’t be able to wait until the next episode.”

Pat said his sons used to love to play early versions of the Battlefield game, and the latest installment is likely to sell well. Ultimately, there is a legitimate concern when it comes to what type of information young people are gleaning from these types of games.

“Battlefield is a huge game,” Pat concluded. “That’s not some offshoot or some little-known game. Millions people play this including my two sons used to play this all the time when we were still doing the video game thing. They loved it. Absolutely loved it.

“There’s a new game developer behind it, which may be part of the reason why they’ve gone down these roads,” Stu concluded. “But you’re right. How are they going to differentiate?”

You can watch the Battlefield Hardline trailer below (Warning: Strong language and violence):

  • landofaahs

    Make one the other way. Either way I would think it promotes the right to bear arms. Unless the liberal one is going to talk the Tea Party people to death. Or tax them. Or regulate them to death.

    • Douglas E. Berry

      Dare I point out that it was liberal Presidents who ordered the bombing of German cities, the fire bombing of Tokyo (in one night, we killed more people than both atomic bombings combined), and the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Liberals fought Communism around the world. Nixon bowed to Communists. In 1956, Hungary *begged* for our help. Eisenhower said no.

      Clinton attacked al-Qaeda, and got cat-called for it. Bush II ignored them. Remember 9/11? Bush said he didn’t care where bin-Laden was. Obama ordered him hunted done and killed.

      You really don’t want to play this gamed, kid.

      • landofaahs

        If you’re trying to say democrats are more murderous than republicans, I would agree. Hell democrats even commit war on the unborn. Clinton bombing an aspirin factory is not what I call defending America. I do notice you left out Bush 1 who invaded Iraq when they invaded Kuwait. I do recall democrats like teddy Kennedy condemning Reagan when we assisted Britain in the Falklands. We also saw how quickly the democrats turned on Bush 2 because of Iraq. But both democrats and republicans don’t seem to mind an invasion of our country by the people from the south. Somehow that is not national security but foreign wars are. You don’t really want to continue this game do you? Because I will not be gentle when I take your ass to school. But the democrats favorite way to kill people is to tax and regulate them to death. The only reason they ever fight communism since they are communists themselves is that they want all the world as their turf and don’t want to share the turf. By the way, we still have no proof Bin Laden is dead. We only have a lying president who says “Trust me”.

      • landofaahs

        By the way I remember the 400+ days Iran rubbed America’s nose in the dirt when Jimmy the Peanut head Carter was President. I also know that Teddy Kennedy and other democrats were working with the communist Soviets when Reagan was trying to push Strategic defense initiative commonly know as “Star Wars” as the democrats demeaned it. By the way, Reagan was right. Just ask Israel about it.

      • landofaahs

        If you still want to play, I will have to start bringing up Nicaragua and the beloved communist dictator Reagan was trying to overthrow and the democrats were avid about leaving alone. Heck they even wanted to prosecute Reagan for arming the opposition. Remember Ollie North? Your an idiot.

      • landofaahs

        By the way, I remember the democrats screaming that Reagan was a warmonger just because he told the truth about the Soviet Union being an evil empire.

  • fawnday

    Guys, this stuff isn’t real. It’s stereotype just like any other enemy du jour. The game even says it’s from crime drama land. Anyone shooting Tea Party member for real would have to go to one of the rallies or someplace they know Tea Party people hang out. Otherwise it would be like shooting anyone who has a flag symbol on their shirt or umbrella and ANYONE could have that

  • Adam Jenson

    In some of the Call of Duty games the player character kills Muslim terrorists.

    • jaytizzle

      In most of the Modern Warfare games you’re killing Muslims. Same with the most recent Medal of Honor. Who cares?

      • Adam Jenson

        I have no problem killing terrorists in a video game, or in real life for that matter, especially if the virtual terrorists are based on real ones like Al Qaeda, Russian mafia, etc. Unlike the far left Weather Under ground, which were actual domestic terrorists, I’m still waiting to hear of a single instance of terrorism from the tea party.

        • BlueMN

          Bundy ranch snipers and the Las Vegas Walmart shooters.

          • Adam Jenson

            Which tea party groups were they members of?

          • Chakso

            They all espoused tea party ideology.

          • Adam Jenson

            So in other words STILL no tea party terrorists.

        • jaytizzle

          So then what’s your point?

    • tie_banana

      And?

    • Tim F

      Well, Muslim or not, they’re still terrorists, so I don’t see the big deal.

  • Mortskab

    Leftist bigotry at its worst. Basically they are saying that “Anyone who disagrees with us is racist and therefore must die” do they not see the glaring contradiction here? Absolutely sickening.

    • Kent Walters

      “Death to the intolerant,” they shout…

      • Kivaari

        Those that display the Gadsden flag generally support what is good in this country. Having the image associated with negative thinking, is a misrepresentation. It isn’t a flag intended to harm anyone, just giving freedom to all.

        • Kent Walters

          I was referring to the Liberal habit of self-contradiction; Free speech, unless you disagree with us; Tolerance, but only for what we like; Free choice, unless you choose to own a gun; and etc., etc., on and on… forever.

  • upwithfreedom

    This will encourage people to murder Tea Party Members in particular. When it happens, the game maker will plead innocence and blame it on the weapon (especially if a gun is used.)

    • Jason Gary

      I don’t necessarily think this game will train anyone to kill Tea Party members. I think it will train kids to associate the party’s emblem with terrorism and extremism, and I think the game is trying to capitalize on how cool it is to hate the right-wingers.

    • jaytizzle

      No it won’t.

    • Kivaari

      It wouldn’t cause any killings. It just shows the game makers are in favor of big government.

      • G….h.i

        Remember when one person dressed up like the joker from Batman and shot a lot of people In a movie theater?

        • Sheldon Jones

          Remember how mentally deranged the person was? Emotionally and mentally unstable completely. Not your average everyday person. He was going to snap at some point, whether as the Joker or something else

        • Tim F

          If your’re talking about the Aurora Shooting, the guy did not dress up like Joker, from what I last heard.

      • Tim F

        I don’t think it totally represents that.

    • Ian Crause

      And there you go. Rightbackatcha as they say.

    • Tim F

      I highly doubt that’s what’s going on here.

  • Jason Gary

    They want liberal games? How about a video game where no matter how hard you try, how long you play, or how skilled you are, a portion of all your points and game currency is redistributed to other players who don’t have as much as you do. Oh, and no matter what character class you choose, the game just labels you a Privileged Racist.

    Wonder if that will sell.

    • Hy Alldredge

      They could call it “Social Justice” or “Fair Share.”

    • Ian Crause

      Quite.Better to have a radical rightwing game where your points go to those aready born into the most points or to those who cheat. :)

      • Robert Russ

        You misspelled “radical rightwing”.”The Kennedy’s” is how that should actually read.

      • CharlesSchlaff

        Or maybe if you work harder you can give those benefits to your kids dumb ass–and maybe if you cant afford kids you shouldnt have them and cry because you have nothing because your family was failures ?

      • Crayfish2790

        BOOM, correct

    • Tim F

      I can see the rage’s now…

    • Donald Fissell

      in mine craft thats called greifing

    • dzerres

      Are any of your points coming from the government in the form of tax breaks, govt no bid contracts, defense contracts, hedge fund mgmt at 15% tax rate or special interest lobbying?

    • Aaron Petsinger

      Someone should make a liberal mod for sim city that does exactly that. I’m sure everyone would love it.

    • Michelle Most

      That’s why World of Warcraft’s subscriptions have dropped astronomically – catering to casual/less dedicated players and screwing over the longtime members.

    • Crayfish2790

      Yeah, taxes are soooooo unfair, aren’t they?

  • Jim rustle

    To be fair, Call of Duty had people shooting civilians in an airport years ago. They weren’t actually encouraging that as something that should be commended, contrarily they claimed it was to expose the reality of what sometimes happens in the world. The bottom line, however, was that they did it for the controversy. That controversy sold more copies. This controversy will sell more copies also.

  • http://www.showintegrity.blogspot.com/ RightViewMirror

    When are we going to see the fact that WE are their enemy? Too many in this country still believe the myth that we can compromise with those who seek to destroy the American way of life and that we can “come together” as a nation. No. Not happening. We have a clear enemy. Admit it.

    • Something Is Wrong

      That may be true, but the big problem is when people take that mentality and then connect “enemy” to “fighting”. I get so tired of people who say it’s time for a new Revolution and say it’s time to take up arms and take our country back. Luckily, nobody has really tried to do it yet and I tend to think that the reason for that is that when it really comes down to it, people just talk big and want somebody else to start fighting. If it’s happening and it’s looking like people are joining in, well then sure, they’ll jump in as well, but really, they lack the balls to do anything of themselves. While I agree that there are clear enemies to the Constitution in control of this nation and infiltrating every facet of our media and popular culture, it is vital that people understand that in order to effectively engage these enemies, we must do it with the pen, the vote, the spoken word, with ideas, by organizing ourselves and forming a formal and definite opposition to what they are trying to do. If violence ever comes, it comes only as a last resort and primarily as a means of self defense after every other option has been thoroughly exhausted. Not to mention that in actuality the “clear enemy” is much harder to identify than you seem to be implying. Can you walk down the street and see who is the “clear enemy”? No, those who would have a new Revolution would only legitimize the message of this video game. This is why Glenn is right when he says we must come together in love. If our reason for uniting is for our love of our fellow man, our love of justice, and our love of liberty, then we’re heading in the right direction and we’ll be united in a way that we can’t be torn apart. If our reason for coming together is because we’re pissed at the government or pissed at the leftist agenda, then we’re just a bunch of angry people who are no better than the people who revolted in the French Revolution and ended up killing their King just to replace him with an Emperor.

  • William Russ

    We need to go ahead with a class action law suite now.

    • jaytizzle

      Based on what?

    • Tim F

      What for? For seeing criminals bearing a Gadsden Flag?

      • Watch it

        What criminals are you referring to?

  • jaytizzle

    It’s a video game. It’s a video game that’s labeled M, which means Mature, which means it’s for people 17 and up. Nobody is going to be learning anything from this game because contrary to popular belief, no one is influenced by video games save the extremely mentally ill. You are making a mountain out of a molehill, or you are attempting to cash in on this games popularity to boost your own. Either way, grow up.

    • Kivaari

      Except many people are ignorant of what it stands for. The indoctrination of the under educated into associating the Gadsden flag into a negative image is just a small part of the grand scheme to destroy individual freedoms. We need to object when ever we are misrepresented.

      • BlueMN

        The Tea Party already did that when they usurped that flag for their extreme right-wing agenda.

        • BO_stinks

          yeah, sure, balanced budgets are “right wing” lolololol

    • Jimbob Jones

      Just because it’s rated M doesn’t mean kids won’t play it. I know of 8 year olds that play the rated M games because they want them and their ‘parents’ don’t bother reading up on the game or just don’t care. You are deluded if you think video games don’t influence people. Movies, TV shows, music, and video games, ESPECIALLY the highly immersive 3d shooter games such as this have been PROVEN to influence people. Good, bad or otherwise, they do have an impact.

      • Alex Franks

        I’ve been a big fan of World War II movies, games, etc. since I was little. Ive killed Japanese and Germans in games, and watched Japanese and Germans get killed in movies. Yet, do I hate Japanese or Germans? No. You’re right, games, movies, music, etc. influence people, but not on the huge scale most people on here believe it does.

      • jaytizzle

        So prove that they influence people, because all research I’m reading says otherwise.

        • BSDetector

          hmmmm…. another liberal idiot.. try reading up on subliminal messaging.

          • jaytizzle

            Hmm, another idiot, period. Try reading up on how it’s not very effective as a medium for transmitting messages or ideas.

        • bluegrandma52

          You obviously haven’t read anything by Dr. Brad Bushman, a sociologist at Ohio State University. He’s been studying connections between violent video games and violence in children and young adults for 20 years. He has established very clear connections between the two. Even those without aggressive tendencies as children tend to become more aggressive and less empathetic when exposed to proxy violence for long periods of time. Look him up.

          And most of the young mass shooters in recent times have been avid gamers who play violent games exclusively.

          • jaytizzle

            That’s one article vs. the many that say there is no correlation. And I’ve read Dr. Bushman, his approach is…problematic, to say the least.

            And 67% of all households in America play video games. If you and Dr. Bushman’s hypothesis was correct, there would be many, many more mass shooters. I’ve been playing video games for 31 years now and have never, ever engaged in any violence because of the games. You’re going to have a find a new scapegoat.

    • Alex Franks

      I agree jaytizzle…Also, just because someone is wearing the flag doesn’t mean they are supporting its true values… the people representing the flag in the game are violent criminals. Almost everybody here is jumping to conclusions, and are just viewing one side of the story.

  • Kivaari

    People associate the Gadsden flag with free thinking and individualism. It should not be tied to extremists. It should be respected as a historical sign of goodwill to all freedom loving people. It represents a call to freedom. It was an honorable image in a revolutionary America. Except for those that dislike freedom, this flag is a wonderful reflection of people in pursuit of liberty.
    Wearing a Che’ t-shirt, shows support of communist extremism. Do the people wearing a Che’ t-shirt even know their hero was a ruthless killer? I suspect the people that honor Che’, by displaying his image, are either liberal democrats or ignorant about Che’. Misrepresenting the Gadsden flag as a negative image is just one more little step in labeling good people as bad people.
    We have allowed leftists to transform honorable images without a fight.

    • Kent Walters

      The words on the Gadsden flag, “Don’t tread on me,” are not the thoughts of a terrorist, but an expression popularized by a people rising up against Tyranny; a sentiment intolerable to Statists of any stripe. If the symbol—those words with the coiled rattler—can be linked with Evil, in the Collective mind or in popular culture, so much the better for the Collectivists.

      My NRA has sent me a new pin, “Stand and fight.” I would have preferred “Molon Labe.”

    • Chakso

      If you’re going to have left wing militia groups as villains in your game (do left wing militias even exist in the US?) then I would expect them to wear such imagery.
      If you’re going to have right wing militia groups as villains in your game, then I would expect accurate imagery too.

      What flag was it that the Las Vegas shooters draped over the dead police men again? A don’t tread on me flag and a swastika.

      And just like the snake, the swastika is a symbol that most of the time is not used by hate groups but by peaceful groups like Buddhists and Hindus.

  • Stephen Parker

    The snake symbol may be associated with the T’s but it has always been used by those working against tyranny. If they want to bring politics into the violence arena, I would be interested in knowing what percentage of violent criminals are Pro BO? Compare this to the voting ratio.

  • Kivaari

    Displaying the Gadsden flag in a negative setting is wrong. The flag represented what is good in America and wrong in 1770 British thinking. Unlike the confederate flag, the Gadsden flag had a negative message to colonial rulers and loyalist.

    • BlueMN

      “Displaying the Gadsden flag in a negative setting is wrong.” Tea Party already does that.

      • Tim F

        No it doesn’t.

      • Watch it

        Please back that up with facts.

    • Tammy Minton Haley

      this is the United States of America, Sparky–no symbol is above the free speech of a citizen…especially a flag some domestic terrorists have co-opted as their own…

  • Hy Alldredge

    When I grew up I played Super Mario Brothers but I never developed an irrational hatred towards mushrooms. I think the hysteria against video games is misplaced. I teach high school and have students who are avid gamers who play tons of violent video games, and they are some of the most mild-mannered kids I know. Gamers are usually nerds. The kids who are really bad don’t spend their free time in front of an Xbox.

    • Something Is Wrong

      I don’t think anybody is saying people who play this game will go and want to kill tea party members, I agree that violent video games do not necessarily make people violent. However, what people are saying, and you seem to be missing, is that this video game will push people to view anyone with Constitutional political views or who agrees with the Tea Party as a dangerous radical racist. In other words, it pushes people to believe in the picture the Left constantly tries to paint of the Right regardless of the facts which for the most part strongly contradict this way of thinking. Many fear with the Government so frequently overstepping its bounds and demonstrating a strong bias against Tea Party people and Constitutional thinkers that the day may come before too long when the government will take overt action, possibly even violent action, against these people. If the idea is already put into young people’s heads that the real enemy are the “Tea Partiers” and the “Constitutionalists” then it makes it easier for those people to accept wrongdoing on the part of the Government against these American citizens. It isn’t inciting to violence that people fear, it is conditioning flawed thinking and conditioning into complacency. And you know what, this kind of conditioning works; I’ve seen it in action during my time in the military.

      • Hy Alldredge

        Point taken, and it makes sense. Most Germans in the 30s and 40s didn’t partake in the violence against Jews, but the propaganda reinforced the idea that they were at best dangerous and at the worst not even human, so they didn’t do anything to stop it.

        • BO_stinks

          and yet Germans or Nazis were not labeled with “judeaphobia” however we do hear of islamaphobia even though even since 9-11 the jews are still the number one victim of religious hate crimes in america.

    • Matt1up

      Why would you ever develop a hatred towards mushrooms by playing Super Mario Brothers?
      Mushrooms were extra life.

      I used to play SMB and I absolutely love Mushrooms!! 😉

      • Hy Alldredge

        That’s true, I was referring to the angry walking mushrooms. Of course, it’s perfectly rational to be afraid of those. Actually if you’re seeing angry walking mushrooms, you might have eaten a different kind of mushroom…

        Turtles, on the other hand. Don’t even get me started on turtles.

    • BO_stinks

      the point is that there is a double standard. Just a target symbol got liberals upset and said it caused a shooting, this goes far past that. I’m all for freedom of expression, no banning of this, but awareness is good.

  • Jimbob Jones

    What bothers me most about this game is the ‘protagonist’ is an escaped convict – more glamorization of the criminal element by the entertainment industry. The next installment will probably have a group of militant LBGT people killing Christians and blowing up churches. The decay of the moral fabric of our society continues.

    • Alex Franks

      The game’s protagonist is a SWAT officer involved in illegal activity. Also, isn’t the jump from the “glamorization of the criminal element” to “militant LGBT people killing Christians” a bit much? There’s like no connection between the two, to be honest. Let’s keep this realistic, alright?

    • Hy Alldredge

      Every hear of Grand Theft Auto? This is G-rated compared to that game.

  • Scott Boufford

    Do we know the context in which this exists? Do we know the full plot? Are we certain the “enemy” is a tea party member, or perhaps someone posing as one for deflection or misdirection? That’s something I might write in to a story I wrote. Just saying, ask the questions before the outrage.

    • Kent Walters

      Imagery is a big part of Propaganda, and I doubt that the average gamer wonders at all about the imagery and symbols that his brain is being bombarded with; visual realism, smooth and fast action, those are his concerns. Without asking himself questions about the validity of the use of an image or symbol in a given context, he will have no reason to doubt—or even consider—its validity. The makers of this game know that questions are being raised, and accusations made; do they respond? or just go smiling to the bank?

      I understand your desire to be fair, Scott, but your attempt to read something into the motives behind the plot is no different—for better or worse—than any other. I don’t think that the objections are outrage, either; just concern.

  • Nunya bidness

    So it is ok as long as the enemy are brown Muslims?

    • Timothey Goodwin

      For the record Russia and China were the enemy for Battlefield 4. And Russians were a major enemy in Battlefield 3

      • Tim F

        True dat.

    • BO_stinks

      arent’ they the real enemy these days? look at all current conflicts and you tell me. Who is beheading children? firing 3300 missiles into israel?

  • chibimaddy

    Wow….when I first started watching, I was looking for the tea party references, but by the time I got a few minutes into it, I feel more shocked by the murder.

    • Tim F

      Which is why it’s rated ‘M’.

    • Sheldon Jones

      And by murder, you mean the two cops that are attempting to take out a terrorist group. A terrorist group with a missile silo on US soil. You’re right, they should’ve written out a peace treaty and had all the gameplay just be them walking around and getting signatures for a peace petition.

  • Timothey Goodwin

    I just would like to point out that this is a single level in the campaign and that the major conflict is cops vs robbers. Also there’s no denying that extremist groups like this exist unfortunately. People with half a brain can tell that these people dont represent everyone on the right.

    • Tammy Minton Haley

      ah…the old “half-a-brain” conundrum…unfortunately, some TeaHadist Terrorists have less than that to work with, so…Glenn “The Profit/Prophet” Beck has to supplement knowledge with nonsense…nature abhors a vacuum…

      • Watch it

        So in other words, you have nothing cogent to contribute but felt you must say something anyway and then acted out on that feeling…

  • Steve Trumpowsky

    It is just a video game.

  • Kyle Brown

    This Really Disappoints me. I am quite a fan of the Battlefield franchise. This edition was to mark the first time they left the “battlefield” and made a game about police forces. I was looking forward to the new dynamics that would bring to the game.
    I can appreciate how hard it must of been trying to build a story that would compete in the gaming market without resorting to this, but it does not surprise me. The Story mode of Battlefield games are notoriously terrible. why they keep trying to make one is beyond me. Their earliest games did not even have one. They have always been known for their Multi-Player modes that allow for some of the largest matches in the genre. The multi-player has no story, just small scenarios like, stop the bank robber or capture enemy bases. I would prefer that Battlefield Drop the story mode all together, most players play their game solely for the Multi-player experience any way/

  • alex

    “Doom caused the Columbine shooting.”

  • tie_banana

    WTF? that is to far.

  • tie_banana

    Where is the game killing OWS and gays? I’d buy that one.

    • Chakso

      I’d have no problem fighting off a gang of gay bank robbers.
      But it sounds to me like you’d rather play a simulator where you just lynch innocent people.

  • Guest

    Come take my Gadsden flag. It’s made of wood so I’ll bash them upside the head with it. http://www.patriotwood.com/collections/all-flags/products/gadsden-wood-flag

    • BlueMN

      Nothing says “I support freedom of speech” like bashing in someone’s head because they disagree with you.

      • Tammy Minton Haley

        …that’s what passes for “patriotism” around these parts, apparently–not defending your right to believe as you wish, but bashing you in the head because you disagree with me…
        I think it’s Article 3, Section 34s of “Glenn “The Profit/Prophet” Beck’s HandyDandy Guide to Teahadist Terrorism, Volume One”…

        • Watch it

          No one said they’d bash in someones head for disagreeing with them. That was a typical ignorant response from a leftist bent on twisting what was said.

      • Watch it

        Where did he say anything about bashing someones head for disagreeing with him? The bashing was offered as a response to someone taking his flag, not disagreeing with him.

  • mjs_28s

    Hardline is cops and robbers.

    Oi.

  • Guest
  • Timothy Wenners

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg8M2JBIoqo

    Gee Glenn, you seem to be part of the same group who would describe us as terrorists?

  • Kyle Armstrong

    I’ve loved the Battlefield series as a teenager who plays video games. The games have been relatively consistent in being realistic in possible war outcomes, but the problem with Battlefield: Hardline is that a new company has branched onto DICE, the lead company of Battlefield. I firmly believe, and hope, that DICE remains true to realism and doesn’t get swallowed by the liberalism that the VISCERAL company brings with this new game.

    I have to say that I will be skipping out on this one, hoping for a better turnout from DICE next year.

  • Tim F

    Meh, as a gamer myself, I’ll probably still play the game. Back in the early days of Call of Duty, you got to chose between the Allies (Americans, British, and Soviet Russians) and the Axis (German Nazis and Japanese Imperialists). And even in later copies of CoD it was US or USSR, one even involving NVA (North Vietnamese Army) soldiers. Even stuff like Battlefield and Operation Flashpoint and Homefront involved American versus Russia, or America versus China, or China versus Russia, or America versus Korea, and so one. What I’m saying is that every game that involves real nations that used to exist or nations that currently exist, players get to chose and be assigned to whatever team they wish, no matter what national group it is. So yeah, while it is a bum that a group of bad people in BF: Hardline have a few Gadsden Flags hanging around, to me, it doesn’t change what I would think about the Tea Party, or anyone in relation. And from what I saw, it didn’t look like they were implying that these people were specifically Tea Party people. I still saw them as criminals. And plus, even if they were right winged, we should at least acknowledge that there are extremists on both sides.
    Basically, if it was a major problem of what flag a certain group had, there should be just as many protests and outrage for when games allow you to play as Nazis, or Soviets, or Imperialists, or Sith, or Aliens, or Yellow Turban, or even in Medal of Honors case, being allowed to play as the freaking Taliban. Because it really shouldn’t (except maybe for the Taliban case, depending on some).
    Or maybe it’s just me, because personally it doesn’t bother me much.

  • Steve Smeltz

    Maybe it;s been said already (I didn’t read all the comments) but video games have been killing Arabs for several years now. Nazi’s used to be the only flavor but after 9-11 that changed a bit. Sure, I don’t like the “right wing” being associated with “bad guys” but I do think Glenn is a bit misinformed when it comes to games. Islam hasn’t been off limits in any way shape or form.

  • savy

    Ass’s abound, can they be sued for this I hope so

    • Alex Franks

      Nope, they can’t. They, just as you, have rights. Please don’t be a hypocrite.

      • Trey Forrester

        You can’t ask a conservative to not be a hypocrite. You might as well ask them to stop being human, it would unmake them.

        • Watch it

          So in other words, you have nothing cogent to contribute but felt an urge to say something anyway no matter how delusional or stupid, and then acted on that urge.

  • Alex Franks

    C’mon people…it’s a game. This game isn’t going to influence children to hate Tea Party people. Also, this isn’t “The Left” somehow sneakily influencing this nations children. The people the character is killing in game may support radical right-wing views… but he’s also a criminal, and a violent one at that. Seriously, people, not everything is out to get you.

  • Andrew McCue

    Frankly, as a gamer, I think most gamers won’t even care or notice. That flag like any other symbol has been used, misused and abused for decades.

  • JETS#5

    Yes this is suppose to be the tea party and you know not those extreme militias like the one involved in the OKC bombing -.-

    • $118192972

      There was no militia involved in the OKC bombing.

      • Trey Forrester

        Just one man who greatly admired the racist militia mentality.

        • Watch it

          Where do you get racism in the OKC bombing done by someone who was anti government.

  • PineCrystal

    This doesn’t make sense. If the conservatives are the enemy then this must be a game of fingerpointing not shooting. Now that would be an interesting liberal’s game. Could have Sharpton cameos…

    • JETS#5

      what is with you guys obsession with Sharpton?

      • PineCrystal

        Well Jets, I don’t know who “you guys” are, but I’m not personally obsessed with him. He is just a highly visible person on the left whose name is recognizable. There are certainly many others, for instance I could have used the name of the senior senator from my state (California), because she is on the left and avowed anti-gun. But not everyone would recognize Feinstein if I used that name.

  • stvenkng

    I am as Conservative as they come but I really don’t see Tea Party in this. I see a group of Anarcists, Domestic Terrorists who thought it would be cool to co-opt a symbol of rebellion that was used to unite a group of like minded individuals in a common goal, to overthrow an oppressive government…. come to think of it maybe “domestic terrorist might be a bit harsh. I am 65 years old, own a playstation 3, an X-box 360 and an X-box One. I have worked and voted for Tea Party candidates as well as candidates from both major parties and an Independant or two and I am really not offended by this game. In other Battlefield titles I’ve done battle with Germans, Russians, Chinese, South Americans and numerous other “enemies” In Call of Duty there have been middle eastern scenarios as well as the other standard fare, a tour of duty at Khe Sahn during the siege and a rogue American Secial Ops with his own private army. Personally I’m glad to see a new adversary in a situation that may be more realistic than most. Think about it, If things break down and you are left on your own, who do you think will be at your door trying to take your stuff? My bet is on some militant group that thinks their survival is more important than mine and I won’t give a damn if they are wrapped in Old Glory, carrying a bible and singing God Bless America they will be just as dead if they try to take mine….

  • Collin Russert

    http://weeklysift.com/2014/08/11/not-a-tea-party-a-confederate-party/

    Oh heaven forbid yous in the Tea Party get your own tactics turned around on you. How many times has revolution and vague references to violence been invoked by you lot when pushing your agenda?

    • John Doman

      Less than the occupy Wall Street crowd. A LOT less.

      • Chakso

        Yes, I remember those images of OWS protestors marching down the streets with pistols and assault rifles, Setting up barricades and threatening police men until they got their way.
        Oh wait… that was the right wing 😛

        • Watch it

          What planet were you on then? Or what were you on then?

  • 2 IT too

    KEEP being drawn off by the TAVISTOCK mind control
    FAKE media and its cheezy provocations.

    KEEP BALKING ——–the LIBERTY WAVE!
    ————even now, in this, the 11th hour
    ——————-of GLOBALIST—RED CHINA handover TREASON
    ————————-and OPEN GLOBALIST MAFIA USURPATION.

  • Collin Russert

    You cats would be funny if you weren’t adults functioning in the real world. How many times has Tea Party rhetoric invoked guns, revolution and other thinly veiled, vague threats of violent action if their agenda wasn’t met? I feel like I’m in an episode of South Park.

    • BSDetector

      You watch South Park?? hmmmm… Guess that shows the level of your mental maturity….

    • Ted H.

      HOW MANY TIMES have the progressive libtard fcukwits said “to hell with” the thinly veiled rhetoric (your words), and flat-out outright THREATENED their political opposition if they didn’t think or do what they wanted them to?
      HOW MANY TIMES have those currently in power gone and investigated those same opponents vis-a-vis IRS, NSA, wire-tapping and the like?
      Cry me a freakin river here, artard. I feel like I’m in an episode of Twilight Zone…

    • Watch it

      By all means, please advise as to how many times the TEA Party rhetoric invoked guns, revolution etc. and provide support for your position.

  • BSDetector

    Hey, I have an idea.. The next game should be a zombie game with all the zombies wearing tie die t shirts with peace symbols or marijuana symbols or KKK symbols or Swastikas or La Raza or Brotherhood or Panther symbols on them. Lord knows, we wouldn’t want to leave any of the leftist out or they would accuse us of being racist.

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  • Nicholas Light

    im a battlefield fan but im never buying another game from the company… this makes me sick!!!

    • Trey Forrester

      But it didn’t make you sick when they were presenting Russian, Chinese or Muslim terrorists. You’re only sickened by the idea that maybe the white guys with guns aren’t always the good guys in a video game.

      Conservative hypocrisy.

  • Michael

    Liberal game developers… ah gawd. Looks like I won’t be buying this game if they are portraying me as a racist. The funny thing is, the progressives will be the ones killing, murdering, and destroying the American way of life. Their, “Assimilate or die” philosophy will always present it’s self. The Gadison flag represent’s a “live and let live” philosophy of liberty and freedom. This game has it backwards, and is just a brainwashing tool.

    • Trey Forrester

      But you were fine when they presented Russians, Chinese and Muslims as terrorist.

      Conservative hypocrisy.

      • Michael

        We are not talking about nationalities you moron. We are talking about political affiliation.

  • warren447

    They want to create the image obviously that tea party candidates and conservatives are terrorists. To scare people into voting Democrats, since just want the government to grow and erode our constitutional rights, continuing their agenda of power over the people. With the Democrats the only good Republican is a dead one.
    I expect over the year that the media which are part of the Democrat will promote in some way shape or form that the tea party canidates/ conservative are terrorists.

    • Trey Forrester

      Right, and where were you when they were “obviously” trying to create the image that Russians were terrorists? That Muslims are terrorists?

      Conservative hypocrisy.

  • jmaster67

    Well, looks like our duty is to fly, wear, and any other way, display the Gadsden flag as much as possible. Let as many people as possible see this symbol and become familiar with it and its real meaning before the game comes out.
    Strike first and take away their advantage!

    • Pikes_Peak

      I use them to line my catbox. Works perfectly!
      God Bless America!

  • Michael Williams

    There’s a reason these games are rated M for Mature (17+). If a younger kid is playing and gets negatively affected due to immature discretion, a parent or two out there isn’t doing their job.

  • Jeffrey Tallman

    How about a video game where OBAMA is the enemy. It would be more accurate.

  • Chakso

    I’ve played lots of games where you can go into a Mosque and shoot it up if you like.
    Most miltary shooter type games have Arabs, Russians or Chinese as villains.
    I dont remember Beck getting upset about that, even though he assures us there would be an uproar.

  • Chakso

    Actually I’d have to say the most common enemy in a game, After demons and monsters, Would be Communists.
    So if video games are commie propaganda they suck hard at it.

  • Mr J.

    We need to see more of these type of games aimed at taking out the Tea baggers.

    • Watch it

      So in other words, you have nothing cogent to contribute but felt an
      urge to say something anyway no matter how delusional or stupid and then acted on
      that urge.

  • Crayfish2790

    The Teabaggers should not be made to be the enemy. They should REMAIN laughable and pitiable, as is Glenn Beck.

    • Watch it

      So in other words, you have nothing cogent to contribute but felt an urge to say something anyway no matter how stupid and then acted out on that urge.

  • D_C_Wilson

    I wouldn’t worry about a video game discrediting teabaggers. The teabbagers are doing a great job of it on their own.

    • Watch it

      So in other words, you have nothing cogent to contribute but felt an
      urge to say something anyway no matter how delusional or stupid, and then acted on
      that urge.

  • Re-Peet99

    It’s one thing to play video games; and another to be stupid enough to act it out in reality. Not many survivors get to do over. Those parents usually carry that burden for the rest of their lives. After all it’s their responsibility to teach their children right from wrong.

  • happyvalleyzoobie

    Tea party? Really? Hum… Does Obama know about this?

  • Colin Schlotter

    I have played every single Battlefield game released. I purchased them with my own money and have, for the most part, loved every minute. That was, until this previous installment where the publisher pushed fhe devopers to meet an unattainable deadline resulting in a garbage product. And now THIS is the result of my hard-earned money…It feels a lot like taxes. I pay my share. I put in my work. I was loyal. Now, somehow, I’m the enemy. My own money sank into a project to either hinder or slander me. Thanks, but no. Volition developed it, but Electronic Arts published it. They had to have meetings about this. Demonstrations, profitability, marketing, etc…This is is something I cannot abide. Today, I vote with my wallet. EA, Volition, thanks for the good times in the past. It’s time we part ways.

    • Trey Forrester

      So, you were cool with killing Muslim/Russian/Chinese extremists in previous games, but when it comes time to kill American Conservative extremists, you’re out?

      I’m not saying that you are a racist, I’m just saying that point seems racist and you made it.

      • Colin Schlotter

        No I’m saying I was okay with playing the role of a Marine (Something I did in real life) and fighting AMERICA’S ENEMIES. I truly do not appreciate being labeled as one of America’s enemies. The truth could not be farther from that statement. Note, that in my comment, I said nothing of race, religion (Muslim), or “extremists” in general. Simply, as a consumer, I don’t want to pay for something that DIRECTLY paints me as the enemy I would be fighting. And thank you for calling me a racist too. Just because you say, “I’m not saying that you are a racist” doesn’t absolve you of the following statement.

        • Trey Forrester

          Do you really feel so closely tied to the people depicted in this game? Do you feel as though this is a representation of you, and not a representation of how a cause can be the scapegoat for terrorism? You’re saying that these obvious exaggerations, these violent domestic terrorists who use a reasonable cause to justify their unreasonable violence, remind you SO MUCH of yourself that you’re personally offended?

          Then, you are one of America’s enemies. If you are one of the people in this game, that’s exactly what you are: the villain. The people depicted in this game aren’t people holding flags at rallies or publishing political critique on their blog. They are terrorists, only this time, they happen to be white.

          • Colin Schlotter

            Please, do me a favor and walk away from the racist comments. Please.

            Now to address your other comments: No, I do not feel so closely tied to these “obvious exaggerations” since I’m not a Tea Party member. However, those same obvious exaggerations are used in a political narrative on a daily basis. I am called a racist (twice now in 20 minutes) and an extremist because I feel the government has overstepped its boundaries and needs to be reigned in. The enemy depicted in this game is the exact depiction regularly associated with Tea Party members. The problem I have with this is that it is instilling the idea in people that everyone who disagrees with the government is a terrorist which simply isn’t true. Everyone who owns/flies a Gadsden flag is not a terrorist. Everyone who associates with the Tea Party is not a terrorist.

            I don’t care if we’re talking about black, white, hispanic, asian, arabic, or any other race, religion, or sect of people. The fact is that I feel, as a consumer, that this should not be aimed at any political or religious faction. Another developer, UbiSoft, has walked away from the idea of home grown terrorists (Rainbow Six: Patriots) because of the possible PR nightmare that it may incite. Instead, they decided to simply fight “terrorists” without naming who they are, which race, political leanings, or religion they practice. This, in my opinion, is the way to go. If you’re a self-proclaimed terrorist, then feel free to be offended. I am simply saying that as a Libertarian, that I am offended by the accusation of terrorism and racism so eagerly applied to me. Do I want these people making this game silenced? Of course not. But I will (as they have done) voice my opinion and not purchase the next installment.

  • Cheddar Pants

    The simple fact of the matter is that the dangerous, radical extremists in America are the Tea Partiers. While they may see themselves as normal, the rest of the world recognizes them as the lunatics they are. Teabagger villains in a video game makes perfect sense.

    • Watch it

      So in other words, you have nothing cogent to contribute but felt an
      urge to say something anyway no matter how delusional or stupid and then acted on
      that urge.

  • Kenneth Lee Foon

    I was not aware that the tea party/conservatives/constitutionalists had the exclusive copyright and trademark for the don’t tread on me symbol and flag. It has long been associated with radical extremist groups before the tea party came along and appropriated it for their own use.

    Quit trying to play the victim, and sack up.

    Your whining is irritating.

  • Pat

    I wouldn’t worry. It’s only surveyor symbols and not even real life.