Online game hits back at of­fi­cial cor­rup­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YUE zhangyue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

An online game named “Beat­ing Cor­rup­tion”, re­leased through the mi­cro blog ac­count of Peo­ple’s Daily Online, has drawn mixed re­views from ne­ti­zens since it was launched on Thurs­day.

The In­ter­net-based game, which is largely a vir­tual ver­sion of the Whac-A-Mole ar­cade game, presents two com­pet­ing sets of char­ac­ters: cor­rupt of­fi­cials and po­lice who fight against cor­rup­tion.

The cor­rupt of­fi­cials are di­vided into four types: those who spend money on il­licit love af­fairs, those pay­ing bribes, those ac­cept­ing bribes, and those abus­ing their priv­i­leges.

Play­ers can win hun­dreds of points by hit­ting cor­rupt of­fi­cials who pop out quickly and ran­domly from the win­dows of a jail­house. They lose points if they miss their tar­gets or ac­ci­den­tally hit the po­lice.

The game was re­leased both on Peo­ple’s Daily Online (www.peo­ple.com.cn) and on its mi­cro blog.

The mi­cro blog briefly in­tro­duced the game, say­ing “fight­ing against cor­rup­tion is never a game, but the ‘Beat­ing Cor­rup­tion’ game will help peo­ple re­mem­ber to fight against cor­rup­tion”.

The new game drew mixed re­sponses from ne­ti­zens who dis­cussed it through Sina Weibo, with many of­fi­cial mi­cro blogs post­ing game scores.

Some ne­ti­zens en­joyed the game, leav­ing such com­ments as, “It’s cool to hit cor­rupt of­fi­cials hard while play­ing the game.”

Some thought the game in­ter­est­ing and dif­fi­cult.

“It’s like you hit re­ally fast, and the cor­rupt of­fi­cials ap­pear faster,” wrote one player on a Sina Weibo ac­count.

Oth­ers asked whether the fight against cor­rup­tion should be re­garded as just a game.

Both Chi­nese and over­seas me­dia, in­clud­ing the Wall Street Jour­nal, quoted Peo­ple’s Daily Online as say­ing the char­ac­ters in the game orig­i­nated from an al­le­gor­i­cal say­ing Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping used when he was ad­dress­ing a meet­ing of the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, the na­tion’s top dis­ci­pline watch­dog on Jan 22, 2013.

Xi used the metaphor of “tigers and flies” to re­fer to cor­rupt of­fi­cials op­er­at­ing at dif­fer­ent lev­els, all of whom should be hit hard by an­ticor­rup­tion ef­forts.

At least 18 of­fi­cials at pro­vin­cial and min­is­te­rial level have been in­ves­ti­gated since the meet­ing in Jan­uary 2013.

An Baijie con­trib­uted to this story.

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