The Zhejiang Provincial government has apparently managed to harness China’s culture of video game addiction for the forces of good with a game in which players earn points for punishing corrupt officials. According to state media, the game has been downloaded more than 100,000 times since it’s launch eight days ago. From the BBC:
“Incorruptible Fighter” (Ê∏ÖÂªâÊàòÂ£´) allows players to get ahead by killing and torturing corrupt officials, while assisting the upstanding ones. Along the way, they are led through a series of moral challenges before entering a corruption-free paradise.
The game appeared to have become a victim of its own success. A note on the site on Thursday said it had crashed due to overwhelming demand. [Full Text]
See also: “War on Graft Moves into Cyberspace” from the China Daily.