Far Cry 5 has given us a wonderful ally named Boomer. He is a dog and he is my friend, but I do not use him because I hate to see and hear him.
I'm a big fan of pets in games and Boomer is one of the best we have. I have come this far. He has the physical strength of a bear and the eyesight of an eagle. Most importantly, he is a cute dog. However, as a companion in a far-cry game, he must also argue. If he gets into a fight, he gets hurt. That's where the trouble starts for me.
When Boomer heroically takes bullets in my place, he makes a terrible whine. It sounds like a real dog being hurt. Likewise, when hit by a vehicle (as in this video), the sound of the "beat" and the howling really mimic the terrible sounds that happen in real life. Hearing Boomer gets hurt, makes me extremely sad. It makes me so sad and emotional even that I do not want to play the game anymore.
Why? I do not have the same emotional reaction when my human allies collapse in a pile after eating a rocket launcher up close. Her groans do not touch me at all, where Boomers want me to turn off the game forever. And I can shoot the moose, bears, pumas and turkeys of Far Cry 5 with a minimal guilt feeling in my heart. When it comes to Boomer, my pet allies, I just can not cope with what is regular and routine at any other point in the game.
I have this question my friend dr. James Stanescu asked. Not only is he a really smart person I've known for a long time, he's also an Assistant Professor of Communication Science at Mercer University. His work focuses on animals and ethics. He also plays video games every now and then, so I casually asked him about why I have such an emotional reaction to my dog companion injuring himself in Far Cry 5 .
"Dogs are the oldest form of pets, and pets are not like other animals," he told me by direct mail. "They are usually called, they are welcome in the house, often in our beds, we spend money with veterinarians to take care of pets, and we spoil them." In short, pets are seen as types of innocent people, so we call them Furry children. "
But why am I so worried about Boomer in Far Cry 5 or even Dogmeat in Fallout 4 ? Why do these special dogs bother me so much, while the other animals I kill have very little emotional impact on me? "The Dog Sounds of Pain in Fallout 4 are pretty lifelike," Stanescu wrote, "but the other animal species are still quite animal, they are considered real threats, so pets give us a sense of protection in us, that other animals do not have. "
It probably says something about me as a person that these video game dogs elicit that answer from me more than video games that humans do. As Stanescu claims, Boomer feels hurt, and I feel tragically failed . My "fur baby" is a creature I should protect from harm. My other allies have weapons, but Boomer has only me, and when I hear that blow and terrible lamentation can directly bring me to justice.
So for me it's a flamethrower redneck and huge bear allies for the foreseeable future.