China Heroes Mark Time Before Foreign Web Game Assault – Reuters

From Reuters via the New York Times:

A patriotic Internet game featuring heroic Chinese and designed to wean the young off their addiction to violent foreign games is still not ready for release a year after development begun, state media said on Tuesday. Unlike the more popular games, where players have to slay dragons, fight aliens or beat up bad guys, in “Chinese Heroes” players “click on statues to learn about their experiences and carry out tasks like moving bricks,” Xinhua news agency said.

“We hope the game will teach players about Chinese ethics,” it quoted Kou Xiaowei, an official with China’s General Administration of Press and Publication, which is organizing the game’s development, as saying.

But the official news agency expressed doubt the new game would even appeal to China’s youth of today. [Full Text]

Also read, with a grain of salt, Shanghai Daily’s Lei Feng becomes online game hero, in which players strive to obtain the Chairman’s autograph by “doing good deeds.” And Shenda’s press release about the patriotic game (Chinese, by sina.com)

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