You can add Battlefield 5’s subreddit to the chorus of voices no longer interested in deflection arguments about historical accuracy, or which question the presence of playable women characters in the World War II game.
“Sadly this subreddit has proven to be unable to have a civil discussion about these things without devolving into name calling and slapfights,” moderators wrote in a post that went up overnight. They pointed out that some players had legitimate criticisms about customization options, but their remarks are then hijacked by thinly-veiled trolling complaints that resent the game’s diversity and inclusion of women and others.
“We’re done wasting our time on this, every point has been made, no you’re not sexists or whatever, but this shit is just repetitive now,” moderators said. “It’s a game, not a history book,” they wrote in the headline post declaring that people who continue to argue this point will face moderation.
Some readers complained of being censored or having normal discussion chilled because of the ugly behavior of a minority of miscreants. “They never said ‘no more criticisms of any aspect of the game,’” replied one. “They said no more bitching about ‘inaccuracy.’”
“We’ve never been brigaded more than we have in the past months,” administrators wrote, referencing mass commenting behavior, mainly coming from people with no interest in the subreddit community. “Admins can only keep up with so much.”
Earlier this week, Patrick Soderlund, Electronic Arts’ chief creative officer, signaled that the publisher has officially had it with questions about its staff’s creative choices on the shooter, too. “You have two choices: either accept it or don’t buy the game,” he told Gamasutra. “I’m fine with either or. It’s just not ok,” he said.
Battlefield 5debuted in a special event on May 23. In that day’s live stream, Electronic Arts touted a wide range of customization options for the player character, including race and gender options. In the days immediately after, the Gamergate contingent of video game enthusiasts complained that these options represented either insincere pandering or an attempt to enforce social engineering on conservative-minded gamers.
“Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay,” Oskar Gabrielson, EA DICE’s general manager, said in reply, sending the message that after four years of hearing these kinds of complaints, most people who make and enjoy video games simply don’t care for them. Evidently, their peers in their own social media communities are tiring as well.