first published on December 5, 2018 by Josh
In the campaign missions for the latest entry in the Battlefield series from DICE and Electronic Arts, writers have chosen to rewrite significant historic operations instead of focusing on reality. This revisionism sets a dangerous precedent in the video gaming industry, and puts World History at risk as less and less World War Two veterans are around to discuss the realities of that war. While it is perfectly acceptable to write a fictional story in the setting of World War Two, it is not acceptable to take actual operations that occurred, and rewrite those stories through the lens of Social Justice.
Instead of taking actual operations that were carried out during World War Two, and rewriting those to push a narrative and taint history, a better strategy for DICE and Electronic Arts would have been to pick up an actual history book to tell the stories they were looking to spotlight in their video game. The video at the bottom of this article takes a look at all of the operations in the Battlefield V campaign, and points out all of the historical inaccuracies and revisions that were made by the writers at DICE and approved by Electronic Arts.
A better way of accomplishing the objective of telling lesser known stories in World War 2, while still maintaining the inclusive design of the game would have been to look towards actual combat operations carried out during World War Two, and telling those stories accurately. For example, one of the primary objectives of Battlefield V was to showcase skilled women who conducted front-line combat operations throughout the Second World War. Instead of marring history, a great story could have been told about the some 2,000 female snipers of the Russian Army, who during Operation Barbarossa helped hold the lines again German Forces. One such sniper, Pavlichenko Lyudmila, was even awarded with the Soviet Union’s highest medal for heroism, Hero of the Soviet Union.
When telling a fictional story in the lens of a historic setting, it is important to not tarnish or trample the setting you have chosen to place your story. Doing so sets a dangerous precedent and spits in the face of those who lived, fought, and died in order to write history with their blood. This idealistic revisionism does nothing to better art, and only serves in the speed of which history is forgotten and summarily repeated out of ignorance.