Battlefield V, the next in DICE’s series of first-person shooter games, will be released in October. Its makers previously announced the game would take place during World War II and its trailer, which dropped May 23, confirmed that it would include women characters. The gaming community, famous for its tolerance and open-mindedness (note: extreme sarcasm), surprised the world by reacting badly to what should essentially be non-news. Fans online have railed against the choice, claiming the presence of women in the game is historically inaccurate (something they’ve always cared SO much about in their video games) and posting misogynist messages with the hashtag #NotMyBattlefield.
#NotMyBattlefield— Kivist (@Kivist_mls) May 23, 2018
Wow, as someone who studied military history in college, I have to say this a disgrace of a game, especially when they claim it to be historically accurate. Way to remember our veterans, Dice.
Today is the day, when memorial of those who served was demolished and history was raped by hand of Electronic Arts.— Martin Siroky (@theKr0n0s) May 23, 2018
Today is the day when history dies with thunderous applause. #NotMyBattlefield
#NotMyBattlefield— Helmut Preuß (@preu_helmut) May 24, 2018
FIX IT DICE
Remove Women from every faction except for Russian snipers and French resistance if it’s in the game.
Lower the pace of the game.
Make the colorful graphics a dark dusty one.
Slow down tank speed.
Remove the ridiculous soldier customization.
The argument that women weren’t part of World War II is nonsense.
It's so funny how so many crybabies (all of them are men) are saying "buuu you need to learn about WWII, no women, buuuu" but hey— ?????? in glasses (@_User4friend_) May 23, 2018
- Virginia Hall (spy)
- Susan Travers
- "The Czech nurse" (an unknow assassin who killed nazis)
and more and more and more#NotMyBattlefield
My grandma fought in WW2.— Daddy (@BloodyfasterTV) May 24, 2018
She was drafted when she was 15.
She had shrapnel in her thigh until the day she died.
She was tougher than all the sexist crybabies complaining about the #BattlefieldV cover combined. pic.twitter.com/TZMFgc3ZsO
I'm puzzled by the Battlefield V/women controversy.— Colin Moriarty (@notaxation) May 24, 2018
Women did have a role in World War II. Lyudmila Pavlichenko is one of the most famous, revered figures of the war, period.
But that aside, don't we want games to do different things? WWII is tired. Maybe this'll rejuvenate it?
If fans cared so much about historical accuracy, they should have spoken up about some other details:
This is less about history and more about women. Be honest with yourself. You don't give a shit about history. A game where you can flip out a plane, snipe someone, and still get back in that plane while it's in midair will never be "historically accurate". #notmybattlefield— John Smith (@JS_717) May 24, 2018
Shooting a Woman in #BattlefieldV will ruin my immersion while im jumping into planes mid-air and free-firing an LMG on horseback.— Muselk (@MrMuselk) May 24, 2018
It turns out a LOT of Battlefield isn’t historically accurate!
"Battlefield has abandoned historical accuracy for political correctness" pic.twitter.com/OpCRFV2zV8— David Milner (@DaveMilbo) May 23, 2018
"It's, like, not even about the history anymore" pic.twitter.com/4GoYrXuTTJ— David Milner (@DaveMilbo) May 23, 2018
"With female soldiers Battlefield is abandoning realism" pic.twitter.com/40JrSe38nh— David Milner (@DaveMilbo) May 23, 2018
"It's totally rewriting history!" pic.twitter.com/fPFNCPvTtz— David Milner (@DaveMilbo) May 24, 2018
Anyway, at the risk of undermining my original point, I need you all to know that I absolutely can do all these things in real life.— David Milner (@DaveMilbo) May 24, 2018
A decent chunk of Twitter responded to the “controversy” with some well-deserved sass.
RETWEET IF YOU THINK EA SHOULD PUT AN OILY, MUSCULAR MAN ON THE COVER OF BATTLEFIELD V INSTEAD OF A HISTORICALLY ACCURATE BUT STILL INTENSELY THREATENING WOMAN WHO IMPEDES ON MY ABILITY TO ENJOY FANTASY ESCAPISM GAMES WHERE ONLY I CAN BE THE HERO pic.twitter.com/k1JrICEIZe— Brian Altano (@agentbizzle) May 24, 2018
I see the big issue with Battlefield V now, and I have to say it's outrageous. How could they do this? Calling it a "authentic WWII" game... and yet they're NOT GONNA HAVE LOOTBOXES?! THE NERVE! That's not how history remembers WWII! Now what are people gonna make videos of!— Robin Torkar (@pixlpit) May 25, 2018
Me playing Battlefield V pic.twitter.com/iq4wjG9shw— HANWHA LIFE INSURANCE LAVA/KUZAN FAN ACCOUNT (@stilwell__) May 24, 2018
DICE got similar backlash from the gaming community when they put a black soldier on the cover of their WWI epic, Battlefield 1. Like then, the #NotMyBattlefield controversy has nothing to do with historical accuracy, and everything to do with predominantly white, male fans who want to believe the game is for them and only them, and that they exert control over what the game does and doesn’t contain. Neither of these things is true.
A word of sympathy for the folks at EA and DICE, especially in Community. Garbage like this #NotMyBattlefield hashtag do nothing but make it a lot harder for devs to act on real, actionable, valuable community feedback that will improve the games— Eric Pope (@MrPope) May 24, 2018
Unsurprisingly, yet another bunch of idiot #notmybattlefield men having 0% understanding of the history behind the games they froth at the mouth over when things don't go their way. Sorry you didn't pass ninth grade, son.— Adelaide Gardner (@ohadelaide) May 23, 2018
You idiots do realise at #NotMyBattlefield there were 350,000 women in the US army and 100,000 in the UK army (even if most were non-combatants). Also the USSR had over 473,000 women in their ranks at one point. Can you not accept that maybe a few actually fought alongside men?— CrispyCat (@CrispyCat012) May 23, 2018
Executive producer Aleksander Grøndal addressed the controversy with a simple message on Twitter:
We will always put fun over authentic 🙂 https://t.co/JGLfZh7CfO— Aleksander Grøndal (@Alekssg) May 24, 2018