Imagine a major videogame maker portraying the “enemies” as a bunch of pedophiles with rainbow flags on their wall. Or maybe a banner of the New Black Panthers for bad guys who only shoot white people–do you think they could even get anywhere close to marketing games like that?
Here’s some of the report from Breitbart.com: “Gamescom: Shoot Racist Tea Partiers in ‘Battlefield Hardline’”
The Hardline demonstration opens with the player character, Nick Mendoza, and his partner Marcus Boone meeting with a criminal contact, Tony Alpert. The situation soon turns sour as it’s revealed the meeting is a setup to capture Mendoza and deliver him to a crime boss. Imprisoned in a decommissioned missile silo, Mendoza must escape his captors and sneak through the underground bunker to gain his freedom.
Along the way, Alpert can be heard ranting over the complex’s PA system, proclaiming himself a “one man island of armed sovereignty” and complaining about how “bilge… is pumped into young minds” by educators across “these once-united states” that has led to the “denigration, the humbling, the tearing down of everything that made this country great.”
Guards can also be heard complaining about how the gang used to associate with “scumbags” like Marcus, who is black, as well as “Mexicans” and “hippies.” While discussing the bounty placed on Mendoza’s head that led to the double-cross, one enemy remarks, “A quarter-million bucks for a Mexican? $%@&, man, I didn’t know they got so expensive.”
All of this could be interpreted as simply painting the enemies as a white-power criminal gang, the kind of hard-right boogeymen that progressives like to use as analogues for all conservatives, but a sequence later in the demonstration makes it clear the developer has a much more specific group in mind.
When finding evidence in a trailer that your captors are connected to the construction or sale of a missile, the player character remarks, “Looks like your old friends have gone way past bank robbery.” Marcus replies, “One black president and Tony completely lost his $%@&,” as a Gadsden flag, a symbol of the Tea Party movement, is displayed prominently on the wall.
This kind of propagandistic demonization should not be tolerated against any identifiable group of American citizens. EA, you’ve just ensured this citizen won’t be buying any future games from you (just as I wouldn’t if either of my above examples were included–the specific target is not the point). Irresponsible and disgusting.