Why some gamers call Battlefield V, Genderfield.
The argument that the soldier in World War II is that of a white, teenager, an American, and male is an incorrect statement. Many nations, sexes, ages, and races participated in one of the greatest war events in the history of wars. Where the argument and the objectifying relationship of Social Justice Warriors and the DICE employees fall apart is the message.
The message is that many gamers including myself do not want to associate World War II and a first person shooter, with the turmoil of war. Our idea of Battlefield is to enter a fantasy world of shooting other people with guns, no matter the sex of the gamer, with limited historical accuracy. While with others it fails at the moment of a prosthetic arm on a woman, and black soldiers, for me it's much more simple.
Historical Accuracy :\
I am a male, for the most part a moral male. I spend a lot of my time researching history and know enough about World War II to tell you that women, while vast in numbers (around 900,000), only accounted for <1% of the sexes participating in the war. This is not to count the prisoners of war and casualties of war.
For women who served in combat, without being forced to defend their homeland. We know the number is low, almost non-existent for Americans, forced for defense in France, Russia, Poland, etc. While women did voluntarily serve in combat, it was due to a lack of choice and were not a huge number, such as the amount of men in combat across the board, who either volunteered, were drafted, or were defensive of their territory.
Again, this is not where the game loses me. I am fine with prosthetic arms and admitting that women were involved in the war.
The games I like, feature men as the protagonist, are action, are adventure, are strategy. I also like simulation games, where the character can be male or female, it does not bother me to play a female character in games such as World of Warcraft, I played Ashleign for years. As a matter of fact, this is where I got the name for my blog. Ashleign, named after my daughter, became the name of my blog, because of a character in a game. While the root of the name didn't change the history of it has. I have spent the better part of my adult life enjoying all sorts of different games.
Where Battlefield V falls short? Suffering.
I have grown accustomed to the suffering of men over the years as sounds in games got better. While I applaud Battlefield V for exploring Sound as a new addition to their games, I stop clapping when I hear an innocent woman, screaming for dear life, a medic, a chance to survive. I was unnerved.
I am used to, accustomed, to the sounds coming from men, from battle cries to crying for mommy. I have heard it all before, but with women, I just haven't. It was like watching Saving Private Ryan for the first time and being subjected to just how horrible storming the Normandy beaches were. Playing the beta for Battlefield V did nothing but steer me away from the game.
While other issues were the root, the actual cause was the forced diversity. Battlefield V lost me when they proved that the sound of women suffering is the most uncomfortable thing I would experience this year.
I have retracted my pre-order not to make a statement, nor because I don't think the game will be fun. I retracted my pre-order, because I am simply not ready to grow accustomed to women in combat. This is not an easy thing to admit, I believe women should have the same right to serve along men in combat, they have the strength, and they are capable. I am just not ready to enjoy a game that features such sounds and visuals.
At this point, DICE, the only thing that would get me to play is the ability to turn off the female death sounds, or remove that feature from the game.
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