DICE has said today that they won’t be putting civilians in harm’s way in their upcoming first person shooter Battlefield 3 because they believe that players have a tendency to do “bad things” and that any blame would be put squarely at the feet of the Swedish developer. “If you put the player in front of a choice where they can do good things or bad things, they will do bad things, go dark side – because people think it’s cool to be naughty, they won’t be caught,” explained Battlefield 3 executive producer Patrick Bach.
He then went on to say that he didn’t want to see videos on the internet after the release of the game depicted gamers shooting civilians and said “That’s something I will sanitise by removing that feature from the game”. Bach believes that DICE would be burdened with the blame if such a thing did occur and so they have prevented the player from ever being able to do it in a move which I agree with entirely and as a result Bach hopes that games as well as their audience and creators will mature.
Avoiding controversy for something such as shooting is a wise move as the “No Russian” mission in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 demonstrates and to be honest I can’t imagine that many people actively go round killing civilians but like Patrick Bach says, some people do it because they know they can get away with it. What do you think about this move by DICE? Please leave your opinions in the comments section below.