Anti-corruption Game Launches – Oriental Morning Post

 Download Down Contents 1188057600 U616P176T43D36561F941Dt20070731091757This is not a TV drama or movie poster. It is, you may never guess it, one for an anti- game, offered for free. Sorry, only in Chinese, and no Mac version, at least not yet. Translated from Oriental Morning Post, via sina.com:

The game promises to teach you historical knowledge about ancient China while fighting corruption. Major characters include anti-corruption heros Hai Rui (海瑞) and Bao Zheng (包拯), and also corrupt officials like Zhao Gao (赵高) and He Shen (和珅).

Here gamers are not sweating their bits for magic power, or intelligence, or stamina, but instead they improve their scores in “anti-corruption capacity (ÊäóËÖêÂäõ),” “virtues (ÂìÅÂæ∑),” and, let’s just say, “cleani-ness (Ê∏ÖªâÂ∫¶).” Thus you can elevate yourself by helping the virtuous officials and beating the evil, or corrupt ones.

Good news is, children cannot play for more than two hours, at the end of which the connection will be automatically cut off. The developer of the game claims more than 7,000 registers since the launch on July 25. Sometimes more than 1,000 users were online at the same time and the sponsors, a local street committee and Ningbo (ÂÆÅÊ≥¢) City’s Haishu (ʵ∑Êõô) District party discipline commission, are upgrading the system.

Still, the well-intentioned game has drawn criticisms. For one, a Zhejiang sociologist Yang Jianhua (杨建华) notes, it helps to instill an upright spirit into the young, but they are after all not the main target of anti-corruption education. The effect, Yang cautions, will probably be limited, if at all. [Full Text in Chinese, download game here (Chinese)]

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