The world’s largest military is also the world’s most secretive. But the secrecy is giving the leadership of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) a headache: How do they maintain military secrecy without causing a backlash among young soldiers who are predisposed to being socially active and easily influenced by computer games, the Internet, cell phones and social media — all of which are banned or severely restricted within the PLA?
To meet this challenge and fill the social media vacuum, the PLA high command announced June 26 that an in- digenously designed, ideologically correct computer game has been approved for distribution among its soldiers.
The computer game is a militar y war-game to mimic a combat operation code-named “Glorious Mission.” The promotional package points out the purpose for playing this game:
“To be loyal to the Party; to love the people; to sacrifice for the motherland; to be devoted to our mission; and to seek glory.”
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