Although it is not due to be released until 2015, conservatives are up in arms about the latest version of a first person shooter video game which will include anti-government Gadsden flag-waving Tea Partiers as bad guys.
Battlefield Hardline, developed by Visceral Games and video game publisher Electronic Arts, was recently premiered at Gamescom gaming convention in Cologne, Germany last week, and word has gotten out that the storyline is built around the player character attempting to shoot his way out after being kidnapped by a crime boss who describes himself as a “one man island of armed sovereignty,” according to Big Hollywood.
The crime boss, named Tony Alpert, is heard speaking about “these once-united states” and the “denigration, the humbling, the tearing down of everything that made this country great.”
Speaking of Alpert, one character is heard to say, “One black president and Tony completely lost his shit.”
According to game reviewers, the “Don’t Tread On Me” Gadsden flags — normally associated with Tea Party protests — can be seen on walls and on the back of jackets of several characters throughout the game.
Conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck expressed dismay at what he called “American constitutionalists and Tea Party people” being made the bad guys in the game.
“Let’s go to the game that has just come out that makes American constitutionalists and Tea Party people the enemy. And you can go and shoot them,” Beck said on his radio show.“Anybody have a problem with this?”
Beck and his guests wondered how younger people will be able to “differentiate” between the bad guys in the video game, and real life Tea Party types
“That’s exactly what I thought,” Glenn added. “If Raphe went over to somebody’s house, and they had this… He knows when we’re around that that flag will fly… He knows that we’re members of the Tea Party, if you will. We support it. He goes over and plays that game… ‘Well, wait a minute, My dad believes in some of those things.’ …. What does he think?”
Glenn Beck video courtesy of The Blaze: