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.
“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):