You might want to sit down for this.
There’s a popular war video game out there that not only allows players to shoot hundreds upon hundreds of human characters but it also features the horrific and brutal snuffing out of a small and innocent life.
Yes, in Electronic Arts’ recently released Battlefield 3, players can kill a virtual rat.
Man, I’m emotionally drained after writing that so I’ll just let the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals take the reins. Via German press release, PETA said:
“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.”
Source: Battlefield 3 Blog
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen