Chinese government bans Battlefield 4

Flag_of_ChinaThe Chinese government has officially banned Battlefield 4 accusing Electronic Arts (EA) for discrediting China’s image and developing content that threatens the country’s national security.

According to an editorial published last week in military newspaper Zhongguo Guofangbao,  Battlefield 4 is a “new form of cultural aggression” and criticized the game for “discrediting China’s image abroad and distorting the truth in an effort to mislead young people”. Battlefield’s main villain, a dissenting Chinese general, will make western audiences see the Chinese as the “common enemy.

“American soldiers attack Shanghai [and] exchange fire with the People’s Liberation Army,” the editorial read “Set in the year 2020, China’s domestic unrest is the [game’s] backdrop, and the US military must fight for peace and uncover China’s conspiracies.

The article continued with, “When western countries would make war games in the past, they would settle on Russia if they needed an imaginary enemy, But in recent years, with the boosting of China’s national strength, China threat theories run rampant, and foreign companies are increasingly keen to put the Sino-US conflict in their games as a gimmick to attract attention.

The use of video games…to discredit one country’s image in the eyes of other countries is a new form of cultural penetration and aggression.”

The Vice Director for the China Public Diplomacy Association, Ma Zhengang, said that “in order to deal with western preconceptions of China…[Chinese people] need to rise up, share China’s voice…[and] resist video game media that puts China in a bad light”.

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  • BullShooter

    Gais, the evil villains in a completely fictional work meant for entertainment purposes are based off of China. IRL China must be the devil! We must werk together to keel dem!!!

    I don’t really see why the Chinese government seems to think the above is the collective thought process of a group of people playing a video game that requires enough intellectual thought process to play that they should know the difference between reality and a work of fiction. Then again, the people who banned it are probably borderline clinically retarded anyway so that’s not a surprise.

  • S & M

    We must complete the Mission, Do not fall for this Lie, it is a trick meant to make us stop long enough for China to mass produce Military equipment for a all-out rush type attack. They cannot match our Technology but can out produce us in numbers. We cannot give them the chance to do this.

  • PotatoFries

    Oh my god China. You can’t just get butthurt over a game of fiction.

  • Tang ZX

    I don’t know man, Not being partial, but if someone makes a video game and portray you as an evil overlord, well if someone made that about me , i’ll throw nukes at him