A German branch of PETA, the worldwide
animal rights organization that apparently uses Minority Report-esque
technology to predict and fight future animal crimes, is taking
Battlefield 3 to task over its murderous treatment of virtual rats; a
treatment, it says, that will motivate young men to practice their rat-killing impulses on real life victims.
“The realistic computer game
'Battlefield 3' treats animals in a sadistic manner,” reads part of
PETA translated statement. “The game 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
There is some merit to the argument
that fictitious violence—be it in TV, movies, video games, or 1940s
radio plays--begets real life violence in a tiny sub-section of
unbalanced players. Still, to say BF3 should be called out for its
rat killing is like saying Grand Theft Auto IV should be flogged for
its depiction of crimes against mail boxes; that is, there are bigger
fish to fry--er...sorry...to be let free to swim forever in blissful
harmony with nature.
The last time PETA took aim at video
games was with the launch of its Super Meat Boy mock game, Super Tofu Boy. Perhaps this means we'll soon be playing Rattlefield 3?
Source: Battlefield 3 Blog