RPS - Why You Can’t Shoot Civilians In Battlefield 3

RPS - I’ve just come back from a fascinating and noisy day at EA DICE, seeing and playing Battlefield 3 with the winners of our recent competition. I have quite a few BF3-related posts due over the next couple of days as a result, but let’s start off with the game’s executive producer Patrick Bach talking about why he believes it can be tricky for games to present more authentic situations, such as a Battlefield level containing innocent, unarmed civilians. He reckons that, given the option, many gamers can’t resist an opportunity to be bad – and, he fears, game-makers would be the ones blamed for their players’ naughtier choices. For instance, shooting one of said innocent, unarmed civilians…

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tunaks13101d ago

"We are trying to do something that is more mature. Mature not being gore –some people confuse the two. That’s childish actually, to want more blood.”"


Septic3101d ago

I don't this its completely childish. We are violent creatures by design and so, the appeal of watching the gratuitous display of the good ol' red stuff will always be there. It suits certain games and movies.

I agree though, with regard to maturity, you have to be a lot more conservative in the way you utilise blood. But blood can be used as a means to enhance the severity of a scene and doesn't necessarily render a set piece completely immature.

As far as gaming is concerned, blood hasn't really been used in the above context. Maybe its because of technical limitations but imagine a scene where, for example, a civilian compound has been bombed and you see the victims, covered in blood. Movies have relayed that sense of horror for decades and the use of blood is an aide in setting the scene.

Getowned3100d ago (Edited 3100d ago )

well to shoot civilians would be out right wrong,theres a line between violent creatures and murderers..not that i worry about killing pixel people hell i must of killed and ran over a tun of them in gta alone,i would beat a guy half to death call an ambulance take the ambulance and run the paramedics over XD!!!'s just a game and not reall people would i do this in real life? no.

iamnsuperman3101d ago (Edited 3101d ago )

So are their civilians in this game??? I am sorry but this guy has got it all wrong. They want realism shooter and pride themselves on it but then they do not want to much gore. Its not childish but fact of war. Some may shoot the civilians but other will not. You could punish the player for shooting civilians like in real life. To get rid of the gore is to get rid of the realism. Its not childish especially when done right. I don't want a head to ping off a body when shot but there still should be gore. It doesn't make it an less mature but adds realism

Tr10wn3100d ago

Killing civilians is unnecessary, in MW2 you kill a bunch of civilian but you are playing as a terrorist, beside playing as the opposite faction there is no need to kill civilians when you are playing the good guys.

raWfodog3100d ago

Even in MW2, you didn't HAVE to shoot any civilians (I didn't, I just walked through the level) and I believe the level will still end the same way.

They say the true test of character is what you do when you think no one else will find out :)

Baka-akaB3100d ago

that character in mw2 was still scum , truth be told . The real option would have been to try preventing the massacre (then still obviously dying) .

Just not shooting aint enough , still a major accomplice

raWfodog3100d ago (Edited 3100d ago )


Funny that you said that because that's what I was trying to do at first. Even though I already knew I was supposed to participate in the bloodshed, I kept trying different scenarios where I could take out the gunmen. The longest I lasted was about 5 minutes.

Also, curious to know why someone disagreed with my first statement. Care to elaborate?

JsonHenry3100d ago

"We don't want to spend the money and time changing it for different regions that would rate it higher or ban it outright if you could shoot civies" is more like it.

chaldo3100d ago

Because it's a bad thing to do?

no_more_trolling3100d ago

whats the big deal
the main focus is multiplayer anyway