The Seattle Times has reported that the Beijing government is creating a game that will reinforce Communist values.
The Chinese government has expressed growing concern over the impact of video games and the addiction that could follow.
Shanda, the largest game company in China, is developing the game called "Chinese Hero Registry". It will allow players to choose between one hundred playable characters including an incorruptible judge, a Ming Dynasty general, and the man who supposedly beat Christopher Columbus to the New World. If players play successfully, they can receive a signed virtual copy of Mao Tse-tung’s Little Red Book.
When I heard about this game, I was definitely not jumping up and down in my seat and scanning the page eagerly for a release date. I am sure many of you would agree with me. Skepticism abounds among the Chinese as well.
"The problem is this game is not attractive enought o make the kids abandon the old games. It’s like saying we’ve invented a new economy car that’s really cheap and small and no one is going to want to drive a Mercedes anymore."