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Battlefield 4 Banned In China 380

Posted by Soulskill
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hypnosec writes "The Chinese government has officially banned Battlefield 4, stating that Electronic Arts has developed a game that not only threatens national security of the country, but is also a form of cultural invasion. The country's Ministry of Culture has issued a notice banning all material retailed to the game in any form, including the game itself, related downloads, demos, patches and even news reports. According to PCGames.com.cn [Chinese language], Battlefield 4 has been characterized as illegal game on the grounds that the game endangers national security and cultural aggression."
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Battlefield 4 Banned In China

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  • Re:First Shot (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Blue Stone (582566) on Friday December 27, 2013 @12:59PM (#45797163) Homepage Journal

    It's not that, though. It's that the game allows players to (gasp) imagine attacking China.

    Perhaps the Chinese government are actually astute and realise that their ability to control the Chinese people is fragile and anything, even a fictional representation of insurrection could tip them over the edge into thinking 'hey, why not actually do this!?' ... or perhaps they're simply paranoid. Either way, it doesn't bode well for them, if this is what they consider a threat. If it's the former it will happen sooner or later. And if it's the latter, paranoia, they'll create a self-fulfilling prophecy by doing things like this (and, of course, much worse).

    Flexible democracy is the best systems for a stable society, not a brittle authoritarian regime.

  • cultural aggression (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Tom (822) on Friday December 27, 2013 @01:02PM (#45797187) Homepage Journal

    Don't know about BF4 in particular, but they sure are right about "cultural aggression". The most successful invasion the USA is continually running on the rest of the world isn't military.

    I live in Europe. Most of the Americans view us as socialists, mostly because there used to be a cultural difference between Europe and the USA. Where in the US the basic concept is "everyone makes his own luck", Europe has a bigger focus on the social units you belong to - the family at the lowest level, the nation at the highest. That's why we have healthcare and unemployment benefits and all that, because we care for each other in addition to ourselves.

    Both models have advantages and disadvantages. In the US, you can make it, there are more options for venture capital or starting your own company in general, and less obstacles. At the same time, the path is smaller and more dangerous. And if you fall, you fall alone.

    But things change. With the constant battering from Hollywood, music, comics and other cultural exports, Europe is in crisis primarily because old and new social concepts are clashing, and we are the battlefield.

    Now imagine Asia, where the social groups are even more important than the individual. What kind of havoc a US-spirit can wreck there.

  • Re:First Shot (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 27, 2013 @01:14PM (#45797305)

    It's not that, though. It's that the game allows players to (gasp) imagine attacking China.

    Perhaps the Chinese government are actually astute and realise that their ability to control the Chinese people is fragile and anything, even a fictional representation of insurrection could tip them over the edge into thinking 'hey, why not actually do this!?' ... or perhaps they're simply paranoid. Either way, it doesn't bode well for them, if this is what they consider a threat. If it's the former it will happen sooner or later. And if it's the latter, paranoia, they'll create a self-fulfilling prophecy by doing things like this (and, of course, much worse).

    Flexible democracy is the best systems for a stable society, not a brittle authoritarian regime.

    Try asking EA to develop a game where the US masses rise up against the legitimate authority in Washington DC (that takes place in our time) and see how well that goes.

  • Re:First Shot (Score:3, Interesting)

    by peppepz (1311345) on Friday December 27, 2013 @01:42PM (#45797587)

    It's not that, though. It's that the game allows players to (gasp) imagine attacking China.

    Is there any US game where I can (gasp) bomb NY, invade Washington DC, help set up Communism or Sharia in the country? I'm not saying that censorship is acceptable, but I can understand why they're upset.

  • Re:First Shot (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ImdatS (958642) on Friday December 27, 2013 @03:50PM (#45799149) Homepage

    I would say: "He who is without sin shall throw the first stone..."

    In human history, there were many atrocities and every great empire/culture was built mostly on violence first and then became peaceful. That's what it is and that is our shared history as humans. Even China as of today is not a coherent culture.

    There are a lot Mongol mixes, lots of Turc people (Uighurs), Tibetans, and may more. Many were conquered, some voluntarily joined the Middle Kingdom. So, what?

    What counts is whether people are free today - wherever they are living. And in most places around the world, they are not, including, but not limited to, China. Our goal as humans should be to make sure that everybody on this planet can, at one point, have a decent, dignified and free life.

  • by braindrainbahrain (874202) on Friday December 27, 2013 @05:14PM (#45800063)

    This story reminds of the game Mercenaries 2: World in Flames [wikipedia.org] which takes place in Venezuela. The game was promptly banned a it was believed to be propaganda against Hugo Chavez, the president at the time. That was in 2006. Venezuela since banned all violent video games in 2010 [wikipedia.org]

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