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Why won’t you be healed by us?

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in other bat­tle­field games the heal­ing would have just hap­pened to you

It’s fine, OK. It’s fine.

It’s just… let’s not for­get it was you who ini­ti­ated. “Re­quest medic.” You said that. You re­quested health, so I placed a med­i­cal crate. And sure, I’ll ad­mit that it wasn’t a wholly al­tru­is­tic act. I was try­ing to com­plete Bat­tle­field

V’s Tides of War ob­jec­tive to heal 400 points of dam­age with crates. This was a mar­riage of con­ve­nience. You needed health. I needed some­one to heal.

And then you ran past my health crate, and what? Died? Was that your plan? I don’t think that was your plan, but it’s what hap­pened. I’m not go­ing to re­vive you. There was a med­i­cal crate right next to you, and

you charged past it and now you’re dead. I don’t blame you, per se, but if there was such a thing as ob­jec­tive blame, I think you’d have to ad­mit that some of it is yours.

But it’s fine. This is a con­fus­ing war. The rules aren’t con­sis­tent. If you run over a dead en­emy soldier you will au­to­mat­i­cally pick up their ammo. If a medic throws you a ban­dage you will au­to­mat­i­cally be healed. But crates don’t work that way. You have to ac­tively pick up the ban­dages. You have to press a but­ton. Who’s got that kind of time? Other than peo­ple who don’t want to wait to res­pawn af­ter they get them­selves killed. Sorry. That was un­called for.

Maybe I’m to blame for car­ry­ing the crate. I mean, it gives you full health and a ban­dage that you can use later. That sounds use­ful. But the fact that nei­ther you nor any other player on this map has used one, maybe I should’ve known bet­ter. That’s fine. I was wrong for try­ing.

Maybe no­body is to blame. Crates are easy to miss. They don’t show up on the min­imap, although the way you charged to­wards all of those red dots sug­gests you weren’t pay­ing at­ten­tion to that. And, hey, on my first at­tempt I placed the crate on a hill and it clipped through into some un­know­able void. But then I tried again, mak­ing sure to sprint in front of you so the crate would ap­pear di­rectly in your eye­line. Maybe you didn’t want heal­ing, de­spite telling me just sec­onds ago that you did.

heal and grow

In my darker mo­ments, I won­der why DICE cre­ated this new sys­tem af­ter decades of med­i­cal crates au­to­mat­i­cally heal­ing in an area-of-ef­fect around them. In other Bat­tle­field games the heal­ing would have hap­pened au­to­mat­i­cally. In other Bat­tle­field games, I might have been able to save you from your­self. Maybe you think health crates should re­turn to the pre­vi­ous sys­tem, or that you should au­to­mat­i­cally grab the ban­dage as you run past, or that there should be some com­pro­mise where the crate au­to­mat­i­cally heals but you can only restock your sup­ply of ban­dages by grab­bing one. Maybe you thought you were an an­a­lyt­i­cal mar­tyr, your death a dat­a­point ar­gu­ing that crates aren’t work­ing.

But war is un­fair. Med­i­cal crates re­quire an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant – that’s just how it is. And now you’re dead. It’s fine. It’s. Fine.

Why do I even bother?

For­gave you.Destiny2, TwoPoin­tHospi­tal P hi l S avag e THIS MONTH ALSO PLAYED

The health is RIGHT THERE!

Fine. Die. I don’t care.

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