p2pnet.net News:- An online shoot-em-up game featuring Dave Jones, an ex-SAS mercenary, “smears China’s national image,” says the People’s Daily.
The game is accused of “intentionally blackening China and the Chinese army’s image as a freelance mercenary fights in the game across three linked campaigns in the former Soviet Union, Libya and China, where he steals intelligence and conducts sabotage in China and shoots at China’s soldiers while China’s national flag and signs like ‘China Aviation’ pop up frequently,” says the report.
Called Project IGI2: Covert Strike, (I Go In), it’s the second in a series from Norway’s Innerloop Studios, part of the Scandinavian publishing group PanVision, and was published by Britain’ Codemasters last year.
As well as initiating an investigation, China’s electronic and online gaming regulator wants all domestic copies “recovered”.
“The State Press and Publication Administration (SPPA) said the game has violated China’s gaming regulations that prohibit introduction and publication of games that hurt China’s national dignity and interests,” declares People’s Daily, adding:
“All copies of the game, said SPPA sources, are illegal and will be recovered. The game’s publishers, producers and sellers in the country will be punished according to law.”
This is the second time that a computer game has ruffled feathers in China, says a BBC story here.
“Last year, a game by Electronic Arts called Command and Conquer: Generals upset the Chinese. In the game, a group of international terrorists set up base in China and fired missiles at the capital, Beijing.
“Computer games have become a booming industry in China, largely fuelled by the popularity of the internet.”