Compared to Call of Duty, EA’s Battlefield series is the marginally more realistic military shooter franchise. The upcoming newest installment, Battlefield Hardline, lives up to its family’s “I shot fifteen men and healed my wounds by waiting behind a park bench” traditions, but its setting is one predicated on an issue that recently has become way too real. Hardline takes place in the US, and you play as police.
Before I remembered which game series I was looking at, and before I knew the main character was a cop, the preview I watched of Hardline looked kind of interesting. It opens with the Latino protagonist and his black partner being thrown in a dingy cell by pasty white dudes with assault rifles. I wasn’t paying very close attention, cause, hey, Battlefield, so I was carried away in a flight of fancy: “Whoa, a game about fighting militarized police??” Unfortunately I got it completely backwards.
Polygon examines and criticizes the game’s basis and influences. Quoting Steve Papoutsis, the game’s executive producer:
“We did some research on the [internet], and we found out law enforcement have a lot of cool, kick ass stuff. These heavily armored BearCat-like attack trucks. They’ve got cool motorcycles. And they’ve got helicopters. They even have police planes. They have all this cool stuff depending on where you’re at in the country. So they have some pretty awesome gear. And then like SWAT guys. Come on, who doesn’t like all the stuff SWAT guys load up in? They look pretty sweet.”
This is a fairly disturbing reaction to the militarization of our police force. As we’ve seen very clearly during the Ferguson unrest, and many times earlier if you’ve paid attention, American police have a bit of a problem with cool guns, trucks, and grenades, and no, they can’t “stop if they wanted to.” This is a structural issue that’s going to take a shitload of work to deal with.
So in the face of the horrific abuses carried out by police, the handing-off of military hardware to cops, the apparent policy of shooting individuals dead just for the absolute safety of officers, we get Battlefield Hardline. Games are art, but it’s pretty goddamn dismal how we use that art form…
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Phoenix is the Co-Founder of DontComply.com, ComeAndTakeItAmerica.com, and host of the Don't Comply Radio Show.
dafuq you smokin RD? I have *not* consented to be micro-managed with all these unconstitutional bs laws/codes/rules/regs etc. and until those who take an oath to uphold that law you speak of start acknowledging and honoring that thing they swear an oath on and to (the constitution/bill of rights, that document they supposedly derive their legitimacy from?) then the law really doesn’t mean a whole lot does it? (they break it regularly under the guise of ‘public safety’, they harass people, extort people, beat people, kidnap people, shoot people, kick in doors, kill pets, plant drugs, plant guns, lie, violate the constitution [aka THE LAW] violate their oaths violate peoples rights all with little to no accountability, so f those a-holes and all who support them!)
“unfortunately, law by no means confines itself to its proper functions. And when it has exceeded its proper functions, it has not done so merely in some inconsequential and debatable matters. The law has gone further than this; it has acted in direct opposition to its own purpose. The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense”
~ fredric bastiat
that said I am a big fan of the battlefield series, until now… (EA can take their a-hole glorification game and shove it)
Seriously? Why is everyone obsessed with “militarization” of police? It really isn’t an issue if you obey the laws that we have agreed upon as a society. Here is a scenario; someone breaks into your house and let’s say murders a family member and them engages in a high speed pursuit through town and barricades them self in a building and shoots anyone in sight. Now, I bet you aren’t saying to yourself how glad you are those pesky cops don’t have helicopters, armored vehicles, or SWAT. Total hypocrite. Wake up. The police are not here to enslave you. This isn’t a Hollywood movie. The real threat to civilization is our federal government and the more restrictive states’ state government in their far-reaching assault on our basic liberties. The local police who put their badge and vest on and go to work to serve and protect you are not the same people who want to just shoot you for no real reason. I think it’s time for a lot of people to reevaluate their contribution to society as a whole and pay attention.
We WANT cops to stop murderers and thieves. Notice how cops arresting violent criminals who agress against other people aren’t often accused or brutality. The complaints come when the citizens are harassed for “an air freshener on the mirror” or ” your licence plate light was dim” and then are beaten for asking “why am i being pulled over”.
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