Battlefield 3 isn’t The Sims; no matter how you decide on approaching the game, a ton of virtual people are going to die gory virtual deaths. That doesn’t faze the German arm of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, though. No, what really grinds PETA’s gears is a scene in the game in which a rat is stabbed and then tossed into a trashcan, and the organization has written a press release to let the world know of its outrage. OUTRAGE!
original press release is in German
, but a little Google Translation magic lets you get the garbled gist of the announcement.
(BF3) gives players the option to kill a rat with a combat knife in the back in order to then lift it by its tail, then toss it away. Killing virtual animals can have a brutalizing effect on the young male target audience. There have been repeated cases of animal cruelty in Germany, where young people kill animals. Inspiration behind these acts often came from movies and computer games.
So watch out, Battlefield gamers – you might be being programmed to be the animal version of Dexter. PETA doesn’t mention whether or not they think killing hundreds of human enemies might have an even more significant effect on apparently fragile psyche of young German boys, but don’t worry, German moms! Links between video games and violence have been thoroughly debunked by all kinds of super-intelligent, non-biased folks time and time again. Though, come to think of it, we can’t think of a report that studied if virtual rat stabbings led to increased actual rat stabbings…