Vi­o­lent mo­bile game adapts to core val­ues

Global Times - - Nation - By Shan Jie

The de­vel­op­ers of a pop­u­lar ac­tion game on smart­phones have mod­i­fied the game af­ter reg­u­la­tors rec­om­mended that vi­o­lent games on smart­phones be banned from the Chi­nese mar­ket.

Wild­ness Ac­tion, the mo­bile game re­leased by NetEase Games in Oc­to­ber, re­cently topped the free games in the Chi­nese main­land’s Ap­ple Store, but changed vi­o­lent ele­ments into “har­mo­nious” ones with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics.

The Global Times on Tues­day found red ban­ners with slo­gans such as “safe­guard the na­tional se­cu­rity, safe­guard the world peace” pop­ping up fre­quently in the game.

The slo­gans also in­clude ex­cerpts from the re­port de­liv­ered at the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China that re­flects China’s core val­ues.

The slo­gans are writ­ten in Chi­nese, and the game comes in English and Ja­panese ver­sions.

The smart­phone game is a Chi­nese im­i­ta­tion of the pop­u­lar ac­tion game Play­erun­known’s Bat­tle­grounds, in which play­ers kill each other and the last man stand­ing wins.

Death­match is Wild­ness Ac­tion’s de­fault set­ting, but changes have been made to al­ter the scene to a peace­keep­ing drill, in which each player is a col­league.

“I do not want to ‘kill’ col­leagues. It makes the game less fun,” said Qiu Peng, a player of both games.

How­ever, Qiu noted that Play­erun­known’s Bat­tle­grounds pro­motes vi­o­lence, so the changes in Wild­ness Ac­tion might help.

“The changes could help guide the val­ues of the play­ers, es­pe­cially un­der­age ones,” a Sina Weibo user com­mented.

Sev­eral other Chi­nese game de­vel­op­ers have not mod­i­fied their sim­i­lar vi­o­lent mo­bile games.

Ac­cord­ing to a no­tice on Wild­ness Ac­tion’s web­site, China’s of­fi­cial reg­u­la­tor has been mon­i­tor­ing such games.

NetEase com­plies with in­struc­tions from na­tional ad­min­is­tra­tive de­part­ments to mod­ify such games, en­sur­ing that the games re­flect so­cial­ist core val­ues, the no­tice said.

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