by Mike Slade, Founder of UncannyNerd.com
Welcome to 2018. The year that toxic fandom and idiocy reigns supreme across the nerdverse.
Recently, Electronic Arts revealed a teaser trailer for the next installment in their highly successful Battlefield series. Battlefield 5 is one of those games that gamers everywhere should simply rejoice in and enjoy… but that wasn’t the case.
You see, the trailer had the audacity to reveal (something that was actually revealed by EA months ago but w/e) that there will be playable female avatars and characters in the game.
Angry knuckle draggers everywhere took to twitter and reddit to rally against and bash Battlefield 5. The hashtag #NotMyBattlefield began popping up as “fans” decried the move as historically inaccurate to the World War 2 setting of the game.
Let’s look beyond the fact that there actually were women in combat positions in World War 2… because this isn’t about that at all.
This is about a type of gross masculinity that exists which prevents some men from ever enjoying a VIDEO GAME because their character has a vagina.
Electronic Arts is standing more than firm on this one though, as their creative director Patrick Soderlund said in an interview with Gamasutra, “This is a game. And today gaming is gender-diverse.” He continued, reassuring true fans that the studio would not be persuaded to change their stance and that the EA executives stand by their choice, which was originally pitched by the game development staff.
Asked about his thoughts on how the decision to include women could impact game sales, Soderlund gives this absolutely praise-worthy reply, “Well, you have two choices: either accept it, or don’t buy the game. I’m fine with either/or.”
And I have to not only support the EA crew in this, put stand up with them here actively.
If you are so threatened by seeing a female with guns in World War 2 that you actually would boycott a game over it, then you probably need to just step away from video games as a whole for a while and reassess your life.