Ex-SAS soldier turned novelist Andy McNab has suggested that the emotions players will experience while playing Battlefield 3 will be “the same” as those a soldier experiences while fighting on the frontlines, saying that “the emotion of wanting to progress (in the game) is the same emotion as people in the battlefield”.
“On the battlefield everybody who’s normal is scared – anybody who says they aren’t is lying,” said McNab talking exclusively to GamerZines, “so that brings everything down to a more realistic level in that real context.
“That emotion is still there when you’re playing the game. If these guys (DICE) get it right everybody becomes emotionally involved. A player doesn’t want to fuck up, they want to get to the next level, and the emotion of wanting to progress is the same emotion as people in the battlefield.
“We’re all human. We all have emotions but they come out at different levels and with different motivations. A gamer will be as much into it as somebody on the battlefield, only in a different way. There’s no illusion that he’s on the battlefield; he’s not wet, cold and hungry, he’s at home being entertained. But the emotions are the same. The heartbeats are up.”
McNab, who’s co-authoring a Battlefield 3 novel Battlefield 3: The Russian, is also lending a hand to the game’s development, offering advice on squad tactics and behaviour on the battlefield.
But do you agree with him? Can the emotion of playing Battlefield even begin to compare with fighting on the frontlines? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Battlefield 3 launches on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on October 28th.
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