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Blayne Bradley

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I was a little worried that it would just be another tired tirade against FPS's by MovieBob but immediately seeing and recognizing Oliver North made me give him the license to kill on this one. (Irony!)

Another reason why battlefield 3 is the superior game.

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If you say so. I think he's got some traction with where the FPS genre is going, and it is the largest chunk of gaming today, but the idea that it is the harbinger of the industry is ridiculous. Super hero movies are in vogue right now, and they certainly make more money than any other branch of film. But to say that it's the head leading the rest of film along is to mis-characterize the industry as a monolithic thing. Call of Duty has virtually no pull on the titles Nintendo is developing, or Valve, or Bethesda, or Blizzard, or etc. The Call of Duty and Battlefield games belong to two now huge developers. They are two franchises, with CoD dwarfing BF at this point. Also, I seriously doubt people play those games because of the simplistic patriotic stories. Nobody really talks up the campaign mode. People only focus on the spec ops and multiplayer. The campaign is almost an "also there" to my ears when people discuss those games.
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No one is discussing this as a harbinger of the gaming industry in general, though the connection cannot be denied that a lot of people view FPS as a representation of the gaming industry and community due to its size.

The idea that Activism may sympathize in some way with the policies or politics of the right wing and agree with the justification for the committing of war crimes to enhance American interests is scary and worrisome.

Why I feel this puts BF3 as superior to it is because morally and ethically speaking the game puts some greater effort to make for a nuanced picture. Fighting the Russians in Iran was an international incident because of your commander ignoring protocol and thinking of his career, it was a stupid act and the game make's this clear that it could have led (and might have in fact led to if the MP is canon) to WW3. Not because Russians are evil baby killers ala Modern Warfare.

And you got to play as rather heroic if ethically dubious Russian paratroopers who broke protocol and ignored their superiors to prevent a suitcase nuke from going off in Paris, and ANY game that let you play as a Russian gains like +50 points in my book.

The situation is just handled better and more plausibly, while MDW I feel is a huge let down in comparison and now this.

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