Game lets players retake disputed islands

2013-08-01 10:30
(Jae C Hong, AP)

(Jae C Hong, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

  • Chinese Culture
    Read all you need to know about the Chinese culture in this insightful title. Now R447.00
    buy now
Shanghai, China – A video game backed by China's military that lets players fight enemy forces in islands disputed between Beijing and Tokyo was set for release on Thursday.

Glorious Mission Online, China's answer to Call of Duty, marks the 86th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

An online version of an earlier first-person shooter used by the PLA to train troops, the game features the East China Sea islands known as Diaoyu by Beijing, which claims them, but controlled by Tokyo, which calls them Senkaku.

Tensions have been mounting over the dispute, and a press release for the game says: "Players... will fight alongside Chinese armed forces and use weapons to tell the Japanese that 'Japan must return our stolen territory!'"

Images from the game's website are labelled "Guard the Diaoyu islands", and a trailer posted online features shots of Japan's new hardline Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

It also shows planes taking off from a computer generated version of China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which went into service last year.

The game was only due to become available at 09:00 GMT, but its designers Giant Interactive Group, who developed it jointly with the PLA, told AFP millions of users had already registered to play.

Giant co-operated closely with the PLA while working on the game to ensure that the appearance of guns and the voices of in-game soldiers were accurate, said company vice-president Gu Wen.

"Our relationship with the military is like the relationship between the US army and Hollywood," he said.

"In Western games the People's Liberation Army is always the enemy, this is the first game where it is on the good side."

It will also boost recruitment for the military, he added.

"On one hand it's a training tool, on the other hand it's about army recruitment," Gu said. "The army aims at recruiting university graduates, and gaming is the most popular culture among students."
Read more on:    china  |  gaming
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Montague Gardens 12:08 PM
Road name: Montague Drive

ROADWORKS - lane closures both directions for BRT lane construction - expect DELAYS

Table View 11:34 AM
Road name: Koeberg Road Northbound

DELAYS between Racecourse Road and Blaauwberg Road due to roadworks

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Financial Controller

Western Cape
Initiate International
R35 000 - R40 000 Per Month

Senior C# .Net Developer – Cape Town CBD

Cape Town
E-Merge IT Recruitment
R38 000 - R54 000 Per Month

Telesales Consultant

Cape Town Southern Suburbs
Mpumalanga Personnel & Training Consultants

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is the end of the month and there may be a strong focus on organising finances. You may have found a need to reconstruct or...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.