Battlefield V: Sexist gamers furious as new release features women fighters

Lowenna Waters
Friday 25 May 2018 10:00
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There has been outcry among some members of the gaming community because woman and black people are to be featured in Battlefield V.

Battlefield is a series of first-person shooter video games that was first released in 2002. Each game has been set in a different historical period, and Battlefield V is set in World War 2.

When the trailer was released on May 23, some gamers, however, were angry about what they saw as 'historical inaccuracies' in the game's depiction of WW2.

Their main gripe seemed to be the inclusion of a more diverse range of characters, specifically black and female.

Taking to Reddit, one gamer was quick to suggest 'feminists and leftists have finally ruined something incredibly important to me'. Another suggested that 'forced diversity has gone too far'.

On Twitter, gamers expressed their outrage using the hashtag #NoyMyBattlefield. The main critique is that the game has been ruined by what they view as 'political correctness'.

In response to the outpouring, people have been quick to respond that the gender and race of the soldiers is far from the most inaccurate thing about the fantasy video game.

Writing in Kotaku, cosplay expert Luke Plunkett points out that it doesn't seem to bother the gamers that soldiers with no training can jump behind the controls of complex aircraft, or that the streets of European cities are an approximation, or that uniform details aren't strictly adhered to. He wrote:

It seems that they're outraged because their views about gender, sexuality and race have been challenged in a space - the good old days - that they thought was safe.

Further, other Twitter users were quick to point out that their gripes are actually historically inaccurate.

From 1941, 350,000 women served in the United States Armed forces during WW2 in their own branches or services. Many Soviet women also served on the front line.

Over 2.5 million African American also registered for the draft, and served in the Army, Army Air Forces, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

Finally, others were simply quick to call out the gamers' hypocrisy.

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