I know, I know it's just pixels. But to me it's like shooting a dog or other loved pet. Shooting a beautifully and realistically rendered horse just doesn't spell "fun" for me. (cartoon or humorous games, sure I have no issue).
And yes I know I'm shooting at humans, which should worry me more, but the people are shooting back at me, so it feels somewhat justified. And yes I know it's just pixels too
I think a lot of people think this way, which is why we all have movies about people killing people, and we don't specifically go to watch animal cruelty movies. People always go "awwww" etc when a dog or pet dies in a movie. It's different somehow, even though of course the movies aren't real either, people still have that reaction.
Plus when you are shooting "the bad guys" it's different because it makes you a hero in your head or whatever, it's a bit of power trip. And when it's a movie you associate or root for the hero when they're killing the bad guys. But you don't get that feeling when they are hurting animals in the movies (unless necessary for survival against a predator). But people and horses have a special connection like they do with other pets, we can empathize with them.
I guess in a way it's a bit like seeing children harmed in movies or games, unless it's done in an unrealistically comical and over the top way, most people find it distasteful.
I feel bad about the horses getting hurt or killed in Battlefield 1. Is it possible to change it so that the horses runaway instead of dying? Or something else that doesn't involve hurting them. it should be a local option to toggle on/off for the players want it . So everyone else on the server can still play with realistic horse deaths if they want to.
I hope there is a solution, otherwise the game will just not be as much fun for me. I might not even purchase it.