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Representation of Masculinity in Battlefield 4

Sarah Battams | Wednesday April 30, 2014

Categories: A Level, Games, Video Games, Battlefield 4, Key Concepts, Audience, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Gender Theory

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The task is to consider how masculinity is represented in a script from the video game Battlefield 4. Though gender is the focus, concepts related to power and to technology are also relevant here. The script is below, followed by Teacher Notes which provide an analysis of the text and an overview of some of the issues it raises.

The Script

[MUSIC: Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler]

PAC: Oh man, I don’t wanna die to this song.

DUNN: Hey, Irish. You know what kinda fish they have in Baku?

IRISH: Negative, Staff Sergeant. Hey, Recker. Recker, you conscious? Get back in the game, man. Stay with us.

DUNN: Nice play, Recker. That was some of the finest driving I’ve ever seen. Right there until the end. Hit the light, Pac.

IRISH: This seat won’t budge. You’re pinned in, Sergeant.

DUNN: The worst thing we can do in a situation like this is panic.

IRISH: You talk like that, man, you scare the crap out of me.

IRISH: Pac, help me move this seat, man!

PAC: We’re still sinking.

IRISH: Shit, we’ll get you out of here, Dunn. You hear me?

PAC: How, man? The doors are stuck shut.

IRISH: Shit!

DUNN: This wasn’t how it was supposed to happen, Irish. Recker, take my gun. It’s yours now.

IRISH: What the f*ck are you thinking, Dunn? What the f*ck are you thinking?

DUNN: For the wolf to survive, it’s got to chew off its own leg. Fire!

IRISH: Negative, don’t do it.

DUNN: Now, Recker! Shoot out the window! That’s an order.

IRISH: Don’t you f*cking do it, Recker!

DUNN: Save yourselves! Get out of here! Get out of here!

IRISH: This is f*cking bullshit, man.

DUNN: Shoot the window, or you’ll all die! If you’re the man I think you are, you know what you have to do.
[RECKER shoots the windscreen]

The Analysis

Battlefield 4 (2013) is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and produced by Electronic Arts. It is part of the Battlefield series,...

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