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EA Defends Cop Killing in Battlefield 3

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EA has issued a statement in regards to an objective in Battlefield 3 that requires players to shoot police.

Last week the ESRB rated EA's upcoming shooter Battlefield 3 with an unsurprising "Mature" rating. The board noted realistic gunfire, splashes of blood, stabbing soldiers to death with knives, and even a sequence where a restrained character's throat is slit off-screen as a cause for the rating. No real big surprise, honestly.

But then the ESRB also revealed a mission objective to be completed that now has EA explaining itself: shooting police officers. This revelation actually conflicts with comments made by the game's producer Patrick Back earlier this year who said the experience needed to be built so that players are not put in a position to do bad things.

"If you put the player in front of a choice where they can do good things or bad things, they will do bad things, go dark side - because people think it's cool to be naughty, they won't be caught," he explained.

Of course, there's now speculation that the game's cop-killing feature will likely spark an outrage from the press and government officials. Similar game features like the "No Russian" level in 2009's Modern Warfare 2, the chase scene on the London Underground in the upcoming game Modern Warfare 3, and the Taliban multiplayer option in last year's Medal of Honor have caused enough controversy to force Activision and EA to alter the games and/or issue defending statements. Controversial situations are seemingly great for advertisement.

However on Monday EA issued a response to the police shooting objective, although it's not one you'd expect. "I don't think you understand the gravity of the situation. For God's sake, there is a nuke in Paris! Millions of lives are at stake!!"

Battlefield 3 arrives on October 25 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

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    dormantreign , October 12, 2011 8:39 AM
    gta4?
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    RabidFace , October 12, 2011 9:26 AM
    I hate all this political correctness in the past few years.

    IT'S A GAME!!!

    I'm tired of it all. You are killing people, end of story. Favorite genre since 10 years old (25 now) is FPS and always will be. I am such a peaceful person. Games do not make me want to go out and kill people.

    HUGE example of political correctness is in Socom 4.

    No more Demolition, Escort, and Breach game modes. You have regular Suppression, Bomb Squad (bombs are already placed and a bomb tech defuses them) and Uplink (you steal the data and upload to your computer).

    In my honest opinion, if people make such a big deal about all this crap, just ban all games where killing is involved. All this crap about WHAT is getting ridiculous, IT'S ONLY A GAME!!!
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    jezus53 , October 12, 2011 8:16 AM
    I'm sure it's not just a level wear you shoot police officers for an hour, it probably has something to do with the story line, so big deal. In MW2 you shot American soldier's in the final part of the game. For Christs sake you throw a knife at a three star general. I know I know, he's dirty, but still, no one complained about that. If people don't like, then don't play it. I, on the other hand, don't really care so don't punish me.
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    jezus53 , October 12, 2011 8:16 AM
    I'm sure it's not just a level wear you shoot police officers for an hour, it probably has something to do with the story line, so big deal. In MW2 you shot American soldier's in the final part of the game. For Christs sake you throw a knife at a three star general. I know I know, he's dirty, but still, no one complained about that. If people don't like, then don't play it. I, on the other hand, don't really care so don't punish me.
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    killerclick , October 12, 2011 8:17 AM
    George Carlin said killing policemen (and raping teenagers) are necessary activities. Maybe they should say they are George Carlin fans?
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    jezus53 , October 12, 2011 8:17 AM
    Wow, I'm tired, I meant where, not wear. I need sleep bad...
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    dormantreign , October 12, 2011 8:39 AM
    gta4?
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    RabidFace , October 12, 2011 9:26 AM
    I hate all this political correctness in the past few years.

    IT'S A GAME!!!

    I'm tired of it all. You are killing people, end of story. Favorite genre since 10 years old (25 now) is FPS and always will be. I am such a peaceful person. Games do not make me want to go out and kill people.

    HUGE example of political correctness is in Socom 4.

    No more Demolition, Escort, and Breach game modes. You have regular Suppression, Bomb Squad (bombs are already placed and a bomb tech defuses them) and Uplink (you steal the data and upload to your computer).

    In my honest opinion, if people make such a big deal about all this crap, just ban all games where killing is involved. All this crap about WHAT is getting ridiculous, IT'S ONLY A GAME!!!
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    Rizlla , October 12, 2011 11:09 AM
    It is a game!!! Seriously, if people do what they do in games in RL the world would be dead long ago, but they don't, because it is not the right thing to do. Politics must stop meddling in with games. Most of us play games to escape it all and to just have fun and relax.
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    Mystre316 , October 12, 2011 11:14 AM
    Only reason for this is because parents just give their 13 year olds money to go out and buy the game, stroll past the child's room and see them doing some "horrific atrocity" then start bitching about the game.

    I love how parents blame the game when its the parent's complete disregard for PARENTING when they let their children buy games.

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    ojas , October 12, 2011 11:18 AM
    aww come on maximus, millions of lives are at stake! :D 
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    Mystre316 , October 12, 2011 11:26 AM
    Sacrifice a few to save many! :D 
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    NuclearShadow , October 12, 2011 11:39 AM
    This is certainly hypocritical of them. They obviously made a big issue of no civilians being harm-able as a way to point the finger at Activation's MW2 and try to appear to be the moral superior of the two.

    Quote:
    "I don't think you understand the gravity of the situation. For God's sake, there is a nuke in Paris! Millions of lives are at stake!!"


    I'm sorry but I don't get it. If this was terrorists we are talking about that would make sense. But what police are we shooting and from where? Why would any normal police force stand in the way of the US military to the point of initiating violence? If this actually takes place in Paris I am even more confused, no way would the French police or any of them would choose fight the US military and die from a nuclear weapon rather than working with them. Even if we are talking about a police force somewhere in the Mideast and the soldiers are going for intel I highly doubt that the local police force would engage US soldiers without orders to do so. For all they know it would be a top secret operation agreed upon by their government. So what the hell? Does the player and US NPC's just murder the police out of cold blood?
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    alidan , October 12, 2011 11:43 AM
    rabidfaceI hate all this political correctness in the past few years.IT'S A GAME!!!I'm tired of it all. You are killing people, end of story. Favorite genre since 10 years old (25 now) is FPS and always will be. I am such a peaceful person. Games do not make me want to go out and kill people. HUGE example of political correctness is
    Maximus_DeltaWhy don't they just show a tank rolling over a baby and it's brains popping out under the tracks... that would get some publicity.They won't of course because that crosses the line, in the same way that I am willing to bet in this section that you shoot male police officers, not a sweet looking female one. Why, becauase that would cross the line.Seriously, its good if developers don't cross the line because there are a lot of impressionable, below average intelligence gamers out there that this stuff may affect. Don't assume because you think it's not affecting you it isn't effecting others.Publishers need to be responsible, and given the EA statement this sounds within the realms of plausible reasonable cause rather than a poor excuse for something dispicable.

    in Socom 4.No more Demolition, Escort, and Breach game modes. You have regular Suppression, Bomb Squad (bombs are already placed and a bomb tech defuses them) and Uplink (you steal the data and upload to your computer).In my honest opinion, if people make such a big deal about all this crap, just ban all games where killing is involved. All this crap about WHAT is getting ridiculous, IT'S ONLY A GAME!!!


    lol, personally i want to make a game called punt the baby. and i want it to be graphic, i want it to be realistic, i want the baby to be giggling and laughing, looking realistic, like a 500k+ polly model of the baby, of tessellation. and i want everything in the baby physics drive.

    and you score, based on how much of the land you covered in the babys blood.

    and i mean it seriously, i want this game made, not because its good, just because it would be so horrific, i would NEVER hear about "o no you kill a cop" "o no you play as a terrorist" "o no you killed civilians" EVER again, because they could always point at my game, and say, at least its not that.
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    Mystre316 , October 12, 2011 11:46 AM
    They should make a game called Politics. Where you do nothing but bitch about everything, and don't concern yourself with really important political matters.
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    Parrdacc , October 12, 2011 12:26 PM
    Let me see. I remember some board games as a kid that no one complained about, of course nowadays due to everyone seemingly wanting to find a reason to bitch they would be out on the streets about it. Take CLUE. If I remember correctly not one single non white person and/or piece in it. What a racist game. Monopoly. Gee the name itself warrants being taken off shelves due to the current climate. All this comes down to one thing, as rabidface said, ITS A GAME people. I personally like mystre316's idea myself.
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    feeddagoat , October 12, 2011 12:36 PM
    Pffff we've been shooting at those black bastards since the 70's. Why you think bloody sunday happened? Hardly anything new.
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    Marthian , October 12, 2011 12:37 PM
    Quote:
    "I don't think you understand the gravity of the situation. For God's sake, there is a nuke in Paris! Millions of lives are at stake!!"

    That's a crummy excuse. So because there is a nuke in Paris, you should start killing the police? Doesn't make sense to me...
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    Mystre316 , October 12, 2011 12:41 PM
    Does it being a fictional game make sense?
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    Tedders , October 12, 2011 12:44 PM
    Look, they didn't say what the story line is that creates this scenario. It could be that the cops are in on it. It could be that only the team going in to get the nuke knows about it and the police are trying to stop them... Who knows, we sure as hell don't. It's a game. Get over it. Did we see a huge massive gargantuan killing spree of cops when GTA4 or anything like that came out? No. It's a game. Not real. Dumb or not, people know the difference.
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