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Battlefield 1 players held a ceasefire to commemorate WWI Armistice Day… and then it got ruined

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100 Years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the war to end all wars finally ended. Well, to be perfectly historically accurate it wasn’t until the Treaty of Versailles was signed the next year between Germany and the Allied Powers that World War 1 was officially over. However, as is widely recognized, it was at 11 am on 11 November 1918, after half a decade of bloody fighting that claimed about 16 million lives, that there was finally peace.

Since being instituted by King George V in 1919, Armistice Day (or Remembrance Day) has been celebrated annually worldwide in the Commonwealth countries to commemorate this cessation of hostilities. Red remembrance poppies (inspired by the poems of Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae and University of Georgia professor Moina Michael) are worn and displayed prominently as survivors of the Great War and their descendants pay homage to those who fell in the pursuit of that blood soaked peace. In times past, it was physical poppies worn, but in modern times you’ll often see displays on social media as people observed this solemn occasion.

And so too it was in another modern medium that Armistice Day was commemorated as players in Battlefield 1, DICE’s first-person shooter set in the events of WWI, arranged a ceasefire to happen at 11 am yesterday, with both sides meeting on the game’s expansive battlegrounds without firing a shot. Well, for the most part, because this is the internet and there will always be somebody who ruined things for everybody.

This is the 100 Year Anniversary of the End of WW1. On the 11th Hour we stopped fighting. from r/Battlefield

As EA DICE tech designer Jan David Hassel pointed out on Twitter, at 11 am Melbourne time, BF1 players on an Australian server all stopped fighting only to have the moment completely ruined by a single pilot in a biplane and a knife-wielding spoilsport (well, that’s if you don’t consider the moment already ruined before that by all the teabagging). The offending knifer actually popped up in the Reddit thread where the video stream of the event was posted to apologize later saying that they “Got annoyed that our team kept on getting killed”. Cool story, bro.

As cool as this moment was before that bit of backstabbing, I think it would actually have really been impactful if DICE had actually gotten in on it as well and perhaps disabled all the background bombardment and weapons fire on the maps. An eerily silent server with an accompanying message would really have been something to see.

Last Updated: November 12, 2018

15 Comments

  1. People will also be asshats

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  2. Jiggy

    November 12, 2018 at 11:10

    This is news?
    And an auto play video to boot. Guess drama gets the clicks

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    • Magoo

      November 12, 2018 at 11:32

      Go away. I am entertained.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      November 12, 2018 at 11:42

      Respect for the people who gave their lives for the great peace is not drama.
      Please pay some respect

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    • SagatatiaRZA

      November 12, 2018 at 12:03

      I can smell the Fortnite and juul coming off of this comment. No edge like new edge.

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  3. Gavin Mannion

    November 12, 2018 at 11:20

    “I think it would actually have really been impactful if DICE had actually gotten in on it as well and perhaps disabled all the background bombardment and weapons fire on the maps. An eerily silent server with an accompanying message would really have been something to see.”

    This should have happened.. I was watching the football yesterday and it always amazes me that they can get 80k people to fall deadly silent for a full minute. It’s pretty moving to be honest

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  4. HvR

    November 12, 2018 at 11:24

    Well it does somewhat reflect real life.

    Henry Gunther, the last official causality of WW1, stormed the German lines on his own 1 minute after the 11th hour because he was pissed that he was demoted the previous week and wanted to be the last Allies soldier to kill a German.

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  5. HvR

    November 12, 2018 at 11:26

    There is actually a bunch of games that since around the start of the 100th aniversary of WW1 held different peacefull/pacification events on 11 November and did a bunch of fundraising for veterans.
    https://uk.ign.com/articles/2018/11/08/steam-sale-and-new-dlc-coming-in-aid-of-anti-war-charities

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  6. CrAiGiSh

    November 12, 2018 at 11:55

    That was funny … won’t lie … XD

    A dick move … but the lol’s … XD

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  7. Ghost In The Rift

    November 12, 2018 at 12:13

    Good Job humanity…f!@ing Good Job!!

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  8. MaSeKind

    November 12, 2018 at 12:19

    That’s awesome (except for the idiots spoiling things). I was also silent at 11am, but just because I was still sleeping. Agree that DICE could have done something from their side, but then again it wouldn’t have been the players themselves that started with it.

    Also makes me think of the last Dr Who Xmas special as that is still relatively fresh in my mind.

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  9. I_am_Duffman!

    November 12, 2018 at 16:07

    this reminds me of a video I saw of Fortnite where everbody was building into the sky (a fracture or something) and some magnificent person decided to destroy the tower/bridge everybody was on. I think that guy holds the record for most kills in a round.

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