Game Over for a Corruption-Battling Videogame in China – Wall Street Journal

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Power unplugged for the once headline-making anti- online game. But why it went offline remains somewhat a mystery. From the Wall Street Journal:

Ningbo created an elaborate online role-playing game called Incorruptible Warrior, in which players wield weapons and supernatural powers to kill corrupt government officials, their bikini-clad mistresses and even their families. Players could pick off people with a single stroke or torture their quarry by striking repeated blows to the face. They were guided by 165 characters drawn from Chinese history or legend and shepherded through a virtual world corresponding to real places in .

Incorruptible Warrior went live in July — for about three weeks — before it was taken down. The Ningbo government hasn’t offered an explanation, though at one point it posted a message on the game’s main Web site citing technical difficulties. Officials of China’s Ministry of Culture — which regulates the online-games industry and normally would be the agency to shutter a game for excessive violence or other violations — said they had nothing to do with shutting down Incorruptible Warrior. [Full Text]

[Image: bikini-clad mistresses from the game’s screen shots, via wsj.com]

– Also CDT’s earlier Anti-corruption Game Launches – Oriental Morning Post

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