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PETA slams Battlefield 3 for “sadistic” rat killing

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I recently reviewed Battlefield 3 (like, super-recently) and within my critique of the game I talked about how I agreed with critics that the single-player campaign was completely unremarkable. Apparently the animal rights group PETA firmly disagrees, by taking perhaps the single most unremarkable thing to happen in the game (the stabbing of a rat in a gutter) and blowing it out of proportion.

In Germany, PETA released a statement that can be read in its entirety here, although the meatiest bit (herp derp) is quoted below:

The realistic computer game “Battlefield 3″ treats animals in a sadistic manner. 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 computer games.

Now to change my Battlefield 3 review score to an F-.

Source: Battlefield 3 Blog

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Comments (2)

  • Reigen

    id kill a rat the first second id see one cros me
    its a fu***g vermin,
    or do germans pet a rat when they see it in their house

  • Enma

    It shames the world when PETA whines about games killing dirty rats that have no benefit to humanity or the environment, being as they are invasive creatures that are NOT native to sewers nor the urban environment, and that killing rats can have brutalizing effects on a young male while killing humans do not.
    The game is rated M and is NOT targeted at young males. M stands for Mature and the audience should be as such.

    If a rat tried to eat you alive and you are a soldier, the most logical solution would be to eliminate the threat.

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