EA announced the next entry in the Battlefield series earlier this week, but it didn’t take long before the backlash hit. It wasn’t even anything to do with the game itself, but rather with the game’s cover art, which you can see above. Battlefield V is set during World War II, which has prompted a number of people to question the “historical accuracy” of putting a woman on the cover. Because its not like Battlefield V is a video game and therefore capable of wielding a creative license or anything.
For example, we’ll use the tweet below to encapsulate the basic response from the aggrieved side of gaming Twitter.
Battlefield V reveal was a let down SJW woman amputee in the trailer what a f****** joke #BattlefieldV passing on this cant spare the coin for another borefest back to BF4
— Lee/THE KLINGON GAMER YT (@THEKLINGONGAMER) May 23, 2018
Others were confused that the woman is disabled and uses a prosthetic arm. Because you know, working prosthetics didn’t exist until the 1980s, therefore she has to be a cyborg.
Kinda confused by the battlefield V trailer, is that multiplayer gameplay? Looks very scripted. Also why is this woman a cyborg? pic.twitter.com/yDUhsSzFSV
— monte (@4allout) May 23, 2018
Much of the outrage was quickly pulled down from Twitter and other message boards like GameFAQs.
Honestly though, the whole thing just reminds me of the controversy surrounding Star Wars: Battlefront II‘s decision to have the campaign protagonist be female Imperial commander Iden Versio. Nothing gets the lowest common denominator of games fans more upset than putting women on the cover of something, it would seem.
That said, the complaints have prompted some really amazing responses, including several threads dedicated to informing gamers of the role real women played during the Second World War.
Here’s what you could’ve done. You could’ve said “Hmm. I’m not familiar with any women who fought in WWII. I wonder who this could be based on?” and taken an opportunity to learn something. Instead, you chose to be the stereotype gamer that society mocks and despises. https://t.co/6JOHS9vdKG
— Susan Arendt (@SusanArendt) May 23, 2018
350,000 Woman served In the U.S armed forces during WWII, but having the option to be a woman in Battlefield V is a sin to people
— Owen (@owenTgal) May 24, 2018
So Battlefield V put a woman on the cover of a WWII game and some assholes have lost their shit.
Go google the Oversteegen sisters, assholes.
— Boozy Badger (@BoozyBadger) May 24, 2018
Though, the best response absolutely has to be this educational thread by Jair McBain:
Alright you "women in WW2 is unrealistic" pissbabies. Let's do this. Here's a handful of powerful, kickass WW2 women that did more with their wartime lives than you'll ever do. pic.twitter.com/lnaXl4uJeK
— ☾ Forest Dweller ☾ (@JairMcBain) May 24, 2018
And of course, honorable mention goes to PCPowerPlay for their article on five women who served during WWII.
The basic fact is: women have been part of history for a long time. Sometimes that place goes unnoticed, as women couldn’t always be visibly part of major conflicts. However, to assume that half the population never saw war until the late 20th century is shortsighted and foolish. Let’s take this moment to go ahead and re-evaluate what we think we know about human history.