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May 21st, 2011
12:06 AM ET

Chinese PC game takes aim at American soldiers

The headlines say it all:

"Chinese video game targets American troops"

"Watch China kill American soldiers in new video game"

It sounds outrageous. But is it really?

For starters: Let's accept that there are video games that allow you to shoot other people. Whether they are soldiers, mobsters, or even innocent bystanders, some of the most popular games in the world right now involve shooting people. The debate over whether that's right or wrong is one for another place and time.

"Glorious Mission" is a PC game developed in China that bears an uncanny resemblance to many of those games. It is a first-person shooter much like the "Call of Duty" series, except it stars Chinese troops - and the enemies are apparently American soldiers.

The game was co-developed by the People's Liberation Army's Nanjing branch, and is (for now) intended for use by soldiers as a training aid.

The idea of a game being developed and used by a nation's military might seem unusual, but it's not a new one. In fact, the United States did the same thing nine years ago: "America's Army" acted as both a training tool and a public relations campaign to drive recruitment when it was released in 2002.

Unlike Glorious Mission, America's Army featured generic enemies that had no set nationality. But that doesn't mean other developers haven't used the Chinese as villains. The last two "Operation Flashpoint" games, both developed and published by British firm Codemasters, put you in the shoes of American troops fighting the PLA. "Battlefield 2", developed by Sweden's DICE and published by U.S. giant Electronic Arts, has the PLA as a potential side to play as or against, pitting them against American Marines or a Middle Eastern coalition.

Curiously, there is one game that thought about using the Chinese as antagonists... and chose not to. "Homefront" tells the story of an Asian nation invading the United States: North Korea. Why not China? An executive at the game's publisher THQ told Kotaku: "They're just not that scary." He argues that the relationship between the U.S. and China is too friendly now to make them good villains.

Admittedly, there aren't many games that have Chinese villains. (They certainly aren't as popular as Russian bad guys are right now.) But they exist, and they fail to draw much comment when they do appear. So why is the reverse scenario anything to sit up and take notice of?

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soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Carl

    I would rather my troop get actual experience then have them sit on a couch and play a game. Who do you think would win, troops that have been fighting for the last 20 years or some farm boys from a rice field playing video games? You choose.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:33 am | Reply
  2. Harrison

    "So why is the reverse scenario anything to sit up and take notice of?"

    Why does CNN always do this? You write more than 5 paragraphs about it and then at the end ask, "why is this news?"

    Well gee, I don't know. Why don't you tell me? You are the one blogging about it, in fact I hadn't seen anything about it until you wrote about it here...perhaps its people like you perpetuating it as a story, when it is not?

    May 21, 2011 at 12:42 am | Reply
  3. Jeremy, SV, AZ.

    Well I guess they have to be able to beat us some how🙂. The only thing even semi-concerning about this is "IF" it was asked to be developed by the Chinese Gov.. and that Gov.. specifically asked for the enemies to be American Service Members. If that is true then yes it would be a little strange but I am just not worried about them. People always talk about the 1million man Army china has.. well that makes lots of targets. Not to mention the amount of necessities (food, water, equipment etc...) that it would take to invade America. They would have to conquer Canada or Mexico just to get a running start. Personally I would have to agree with THQ "they're just not that scary." they really aren't scary IMO.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:43 am | Reply
  4. zombiepie

    meh, its allright. I shot my fair of Asians in my time.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:57 am | Reply
  5. watabu

    I played Fallout 3, shows US troops killing Chinese. Don't make a big deal out of it, we started the ball rolling. We can picture the Russians, South Americans, Chinese, and just about any country as "terrorists" or "enemy" groups, yet freak out when someone has the US as villains in a game. Good grief...

    May 21, 2011 at 1:06 am | Reply
  6. Chris

    Having played BattleField2 (BF2) many time which in varying maps pitches the US military versus a fictitious Middle Eastern force or the Chinese army I don't see any complaint about this as being anything other than ridiculous hypocrisy. When we stop building games that have us shooting other nations' soldiers then we'll have a leg to stand on. Until then, shush.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:16 am | Reply
    • Andrea

      I am very eager interested to see the tiercdion that this blog will take, and will be keeping a close and analytical eye on it as it develops. I'm not sure that I entirely agree that games can essentially be divided between the ludic and narrative varieties. I believe that our medium's story telling is at it's best when the gameplay reenforces whatever theme the work is trying to portray, much like any good thesis. Considering I have yet to see you dissect a game yet, perhaps it's a tad premature to disagree on a subject just yet. I am excited to see where this goes, and would like to be the first to throw Mother 3 on the request list. Best of luck.

      March 5, 2012 at 5:21 am | Reply
  7. Taylor Wren

    Personally I don't see the big deal with what China is doing with there video games. America has created video games video games with enemies like North Korea and Russia and you don't hear many people complain. It would be hypocritical for the USA to argue against American soldiors used as the enemy when we continuously do the exact same thing.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:25 am | Reply
  8. jeffers

    Of course its wrong, its only ok when you play an American and are shooting "bad guys".

    May 21, 2011 at 1:29 am | Reply
  9. myballshurt

    My balls hurt.

    May 21, 2011 at 2:50 am | Reply
  10. JOE H.

    So we can make violent games about killing them and Now they can't make games about U.S.A?

    May 21, 2011 at 2:50 am | Reply
  11. Aaron

    Does this mean Red Dawn is going to get published finally as it was intended?

    May 21, 2011 at 3:16 am | Reply
  12. zyan globosits

    This is just plain out wrong, china certainly has no respect for the U.S, already they are proclaiming superiority over us, we wouldn't ever have made a game with the U.S fighting china.
    all of our games fight terrorists, who only seek to kill innocent civilians,
    what a slap in the face of liberty.

    ‎"The United States is like giant boiler. Once the fire is lighted under it, there is no limit to the power it can generate."

    -Winston Churchill

    May 21, 2011 at 3:18 am | Reply
  13. gc

    and how is this any different from many of the top titles, especially the call of duty series targeting Russians?

    May 21, 2011 at 4:11 am | Reply
  14. Nick

    They should not be doing this, the games that target china aren't US military made games. This might be a bit of a political problem for china, especially if we are trying to strengthen military ties with each other. Frankly I do have an issue with this, if we are going to be allies we shouldn't have a MILITARY made war game targeting an allied nation.

    But hey if they want a war, we'll give 'em war.

    May 21, 2011 at 4:20 am | Reply
    • joe

      damn straight my friend

      January 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  15. mike

    its kind off cool. i dont see the problem its just games shitt... we do it in the us all the time.

    May 21, 2011 at 4:29 am | Reply
  16. Krehator

    Stop being so thin skinned.

    We've been kill off the entire world for years within all our games.

    Whiners.

    May 21, 2011 at 5:05 am | Reply
  17. sef

    Who gives a crap!!!

    May 21, 2011 at 5:43 am | Reply
  18. Ryan

    Who cares, I don't think this is going to hurt relations. No worse then playing paintball against each other.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:39 am | Reply
  19. MM

    Um, I'm going to assume you are joking zyan. A lot of American games and movies have foreign nations (Russia, Bosnia, Korea etc.) as the "bad guys". Shouldn't make a difference if it's the other way around.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:50 am | Reply
  20. Harrier

    This is interesting and newsworthy for several reasons. The first is who is behind the game – the PLA. It would seem that they view the United States and her Soldiers (Sailors, Marines, etc.) as a potential enemy. The continued expansion of their military strength (driven by their economic engine), specifically their navy should be news... and this growing juggernaut has the United States in its sights. The game teaches their soldiers to see US troops as hostile. This is an important step in training your soldiers to kill an enemy. In this case, a specific enemy, a US Soldier.

    The second important lesson to take from this is that if there is a conflict with China, the United States will not have as distinct a technological advantage as they did during the Korean War. During the Korean War the US had air and sea superiority on a peninsula. The Chinese had decent equipment and massive numbers to counter this. The difference today is that the Chinese still have superior numbers but they have come a long way in shrinking the technological gap. A trump card for the US has been the persistent fighting that they have been involved in for the past 10 years. While it has not involved large scale armies, it has taught many lessons of leadership to junior and senior US commanders. This cannot be discounted. The current US force is exceptionally well trained and motivated and would be a terrifying enemy.

    It would be amazingly foolish if these two great civilizations decide that fighting is better than working together to solve the problems of the world. And there are many problems to be addressed. I see the game mentioned above as more of a PR nightmare for the Chinese than a successful training tool. It has the potential to disrupt US/Chinese relations and will be a limited tool for training.

    May 21, 2011 at 7:18 am | Reply
  21. Queenfan

    Check the butt of the gun for the Manufacturing label...

    May 21, 2011 at 8:04 am | Reply
  22. jesse

    Seriously.... why should we be offended? If anything, we should take it as a complement. They apparently see our military as a big enough threat on a global scale to train useing us as a prime example of what they'll be up agenst. No biggie. Are the Germans bent over backwords because we've been making WWII games about them for more than 20 years? At least this is more like a complement than an insult.

    May 21, 2011 at 8:07 am | Reply
  23. Dylan

    As a game is understandable. We have our games to shoot every type of nationality. I don't really agree that it's used train military though. A case like that the enemy shouldn't be given a nationality. Seems like they are trained to recognize and kill American soldiers then.

    May 21, 2011 at 9:16 am | Reply
  24. arathans

    rofl at america and there double standards.

    "all of our games fight terrorists.." what a bunch of crap. there are a number of games where american forces fight china.

    and that Winston Churchill quote, speaks more about the human spirit then america.

    hell i remember last year america getting upset cause china has themselves a stealth fighter. you guys are going to get the shock of your lives when you actually fight an army the doesnt have to resort to throwing stones at you, that have the same tech you and have greater numbers.

    May 21, 2011 at 9:23 am | Reply
  25. Jsavage724

    I think what you're all ignoring, is that this country values free speech, this includes game developers like activision (call of duty) – completely independent of their governments views, depicting its own villains. In our own branches "Americas Army" game, no nation is depicted as the villain. Meanwhile, we have the entire nation of China pushing a game, depicting the U.S. as the main target.
    Ours sounds like a training simulator on paper.
    Theirs sounds like a battle emulator, with a very clear enemy.

    Tl:Dr – Maybe this isn't a big deal, but I think a 'government' game with an ally as its main villain, has a deeper meaning.

    May 21, 2011 at 11:13 am | Reply
  26. Nikos

    Chinese nukes wins!

    May 21, 2011 at 11:31 am | Reply
  27. DOG_BAWLZ (ptsd) PS3

    I play COD, BF2, and FO2 and many more. There is no difference than U.S gamers running around BOPS shooting up Somalians, Russians, Chinese, or Al Qiada. TAYLOR WREN is right. We as gamers would be hypocrites if we made a big deal about another nations preference of "an enemy". CNN, gamers know you're just trying to stur the pot for protest. I'm sure many gamers in the U.S has friended a Chinese gamer to their friends list thanks to Internet capablity.

    May 21, 2011 at 11:38 am | Reply
  28. Bill Brasky!!!!

    I kill Chinese in Fallout 3.

    May 21, 2011 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • Bricio

      Hey Adam,I want to suggest an roappach to defining games that I may have hinted at during the course but that I never really expanded on. One of the central concerns of semiotic (semiotic proper, not dumbed-down) is the relational aspect of semiosis (meaning-making). Modernity's separation of ontology and epistemology, because it doesn't value relations, is highlighted by the problem of defining games. Relations are objects in themselves but can also be subjective to the thing.As for your focus on the 'actuality' of games, there was an interesting article on Duns Scotus' haecceity and Peirce's conception of the indexical (J. DiLeo, Transactions of CSPeirce journal) that I'd recommend.Regarding Simondor's reply, I think some nuancing might be in order. Learning in games is not really learning to play but (and I think Galloway makes this point) learning the logic of the algorithm. For educational games, unless you expect them to learn through repetition your task is to translate your learning goal/concept into something that your 'players' can relate to abductively with the gained understanding (played?) of the algorithm. On a more practical level, I think DominiQC's roappach would be a good starting point with perhaps some drawbacks. On the one hand, there's always the instrumental player that'll speed through it (but this happens with most games anyway). On the other hand, it would be a terrific 'gamic wiki' of sorts but the problem would occur once the player is not playing the game. He/she will have relied on pop-ups to direct the logics of his architectural thinking and may not remember an important detail nor know how to verify for it. (of course, this argument might be moot if architects are forever to be using CAD software that will have these pop-ups integrated).Apologies for the ramblings.S

      March 3, 2012 at 6:33 am | Reply
  29. Lewis

    Not worried about it. Mobilizing a massive army to travel either a) Over seas en mass or b) via polar regions would be like watching a bomb go off very slowly. You'd have plenty of time to react. They have a lot of people. We have lots of ways to kill people. If they tried a massive invasion it would be some serious population control. Besides, we're in bed with them anyway...

    May 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  30. hlavac

    First Flashpoint was not developed by Codemasters – Bohemia Interactive did it.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  31. Gram

    well thats a stupid game, you could make it past the first level cause the americans would keep killing you (; MURICA!

    May 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  32. baoshan2005

    just a game,只是个游戏而已!

    May 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  33. Eugenics

    Sound like a great game only problem i see is the us army would kill each other before you could kill them.

    May 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  34. Kris

    To many people we are the enemy anyway. We have COD, Modern warfare, ghost recon and so on. Let them have their fun. We know we do. I'm a gamer and former military. I'm not raising a stink over it.

    May 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  35. Jesus

    Um....Americans have been doing the same thing for years. Call of Duty anyone?

    May 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  36. Bill

    I played the new chinese game and they kept it true! There is no way to "win" the game, you just keep getting your ass handed to you, level after level.

    May 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  37. carrotroot

    We have plenty of games were the Chinese are the bad guys, and you don't see their media complaining. But when they make a game where we are the bad guys our media makes a huge stink about it. Come on grow up CNN.

    May 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  38. Jed Eckert

    So let me get this straight, MGM had to moth ball the RED DAWN remake for at least a year after finishing it while going bankrupt and then goes back and re edit the flags to make it look like North Korea's invading us (yeah right, and the world is really gonna end today at 6pm) because nobody wants to hurt China's feelings, and they go an do THIS?!

    Screw it, MGM take the original cut ship out and show it around mid June. Why waste time and money (money MGM desperately needs) trying to be PC about China's feelings when they don't do the same?

    If they want to go to war with us, fine. We have the better trained personal, who are also battle harden thanks to Iraq and Afghanistan and tech that is around 10 years more advanced then theirs. And if they do invade, they're also gonna have to contend with the gun nuts who've been preparing for something like this as well, and G0D bless them too.

    WOLVERINES!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  39. John

    OH NO!!!! It's really Ender's Game!!!!!
    Don't play don't play!!!!

    May 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  40. joshman420

    man thats some bullshit we make video games that shoot them and the russians and the germans so why does it matter if they do this of us look at call of duty games and medel of honor games no hate seriously

    May 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  41. The Voice of Reason

    There's nothing wrong with them killing American soldiers in their games or fiction, hell WE kill American solider in our games in fiction. The problem is the government made it. When the government gets involded it's hard to just say "Hey, it's all fun and games" beause we actually expect our governments to behave seriously like adults so the only reason they would do this.....

    May 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  42. Akhtar

    The scenario of Chinese troops fighting American troops is unlikely. Why ? Because a bully which America is will not pick on somebody that will cause them equal or more damage. Besides America is in so much debt to to China that they would sink if they attacked China.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  43. Alex

    Carl:

    "Who do you think would win, troops that have been fighting for the last 20 years or some farm boys from a rice field playing video games? You choose."

    I point to you Alvin York, a country boy that puts every current military person to shame.

    Perhaps you should go back to school and learn the country boys actually spent their LIVES killing things, like bears, coyotes, wolves, cougars, deer, boar, and more, to keep their farms safe and to keep their families fed.

    You boys spend 1,000+ rounds for every enemy KIA.

    Most rednecks I know can actually hit their intended target, drunk as a skunk.

    Most of today's Marines that I've seen can't even hold the gun properly.

    You choose poorly.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  44. Bulldozer

    China will grow larger. We build for China.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  45. Peace wombat

    I am fine with this as long as they dont care when we make a game of similar circumstances that involves us throwing knives into the back of a chinese soldiers head

    May 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  46. Calvin

    No one has any reason to complain about this. Other games have been made where we kill other countries also. Some shithead in the comments said this was a slap in te face of liberty because the Chinese say they're n a better position than the u.s. Well guess what, you're saying your country is better than theirs, so look at this! Full circle!

    May 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  47. joe

    You americans are so dumb. Chinese owns the US, although admittedly you both do rely on each other. The way things are now, nothing can be done because the US owes china so much debt but the chinese economy relies heavily on the US purchasing their junk.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  48. annonymous

    Yeah it is just a game. This is a silly news reported by CNN Senior Producer, Ravi Hiranand. What a nonsense! This sound racist to me.Why is Ravi making a big fuss on it?

    May 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  49. gman

    Who cares, its just a game and its not like we have not done it in the past.

    I used to played USAF janes combat simulation a long time ago and basically it was about russians or germans attacking the USA.

    Any powerfull contry will use this tactic to brainwash there citizens and make them more patriotic.

    I bet you there will be some politicians that will try to stop that game from entering the USA or being downloaded because its not patriotic and i agree.

    May 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  50. Chinaboy

    Compare American Soldier Vs Chinese Soldier without arms.
    Compare American Soldier Vs Chinese Soldier with American Soldier with defective Chinese spring especially made for American Soldier while Chinese dude holding the real stuff...

    May 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  51. usamare

    In the fantasy world of video games, nationalism gets checked at the door when you press start.
    Even so, I honestly can't imagine Chinese developers making a lot of games in which their own army is the primary antagonist.

    May 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  52. Percy Chow

    FWIW – I *believe* the other "bad guy" countries buy Chinese made assault weapons and firearms.

    It'll insult current Chinese weapons clients to feature "terror groups" as targets as they buy the goods.

    Just a thought though...

    May 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  53. alicea

    If we do it on our video games , why can't they do it? no harm there.

    May 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  54. Dom

    The difference is people(and how have you all not noticed this) that this Chinese game is sponsored by their government. Our "official" game had generic opponents. Their government literally wanted to put Americans as the enemy, nothing generic(unlike America's Army). Now mind you placing Americans as an enemy is more than fair, but the fact that it has not only the governments seal of approval, but was created by them. Disturbing much?

    May 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  55. putra

    nice... 😀

    May 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  56. Chris

    If you're questioning why you think this is news worthy... well you obviously read the article. CNN WIN. The Chinese gov't isn't naive, they have a military with a very large % of educated young people, and they know very well the greatest threat to they could face is the U.S. They're training accordingly. Our youth often take pride in mowing down any opposition playing as our countries finest, why would we expect anything different. It's more important that we make it a conversation and realize the horror that any such war would bring. It's best that we all just get along.

    May 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  57. chin chao

    hmm, and what is the problem? I have been looking around, and the game seems okay.

    May 21, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  58. Sean

    It's just a game... relaaaaax!

    I like China vs US in wargames. It makes for an interesting hypothetical situation.

    It was great fun in Battlefield 2, so I don't have a problem with Chinese game dev's using us as the villain. Fun stuff!

    May 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  59. forreal

    This should be a difficult game to win if it is truly realistic...

    May 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  60. kyle

    oh no it is a video game, gasp help us lord.

    May 22, 2011 at 12:51 am | Reply
  61. LuvIt

    I wana play it

    May 22, 2011 at 5:46 am | Reply
  62. Jeremy, SV, AZ.

    @arathans: Actually in the context that Mr. Churchill spoke was obviously directed specifically at the "United States" because conflict after conflict, and generation after generation, no matter who the enemy has been America's military has proven over and over that they are a force not to be trifled with. Even outside of the military the majority of American civilians own many weapons and know how to use them. Have fun going door to door with that little piece of information. lets take a look at some battles from the US Marines history just to make the point.

    "1805, 7 U.S. Marines and 400 Libyan men under the command of Marine Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon took the city of Tripoli"

    "The War of 1812, 114 Marines and Sailors halted the advance of 4,000 British troops." with the British commanding officer quoted as saying "They have given us our only real fight."

    1900 "The Boxer rebellion had Marines defending one wall against 50,000 chinese and those Marines held that wall for 54 days waiting for relief." Private Dan Daily would defend this position single handedly while waiting for this relief.

    Belleau Wood WWII "Germans would come to classify Marines as "Shock Troops" and the term Devil Dog was coined from this battle as well.

    Wake Island WWII "The first assault on wake by the Japanese ended with 3 Japanese ships sunk, and 600 Japanese soldiers dead while only 4 Marines and one plane were lost."

    This list goes on and on and its only the Marines, combine the Army, Navy, and Air Force, not to mention most civilians, and any invading force will have a serious fight on their hands. This is repeated by US Marines over 300 times since 1775. The amount of casualties inflicted upon invading forces at anytime in Americas history has always been the most significant and would not be any different today.

    May 22, 2011 at 7:22 am | Reply
  63. apex

    American army is modern version of natzis....conquer other countries,make chaos,take feedstock (oil) and than leave... Korea,Vietnam,Iraq,Afghanistan,Libya...they can judge and kill anybody without consequences...i can't see difference between them

    May 22, 2011 at 9:14 am | Reply
  64. Introspective

    I just took floor sweepings and and brewed them in a coffee maker. As I drink this, I ask you- Why do I think this is coffee?

    May 22, 2011 at 9:29 am | Reply
  65. apex

    Big difference is between real facts and false conviction,i supose:)

    May 22, 2011 at 10:13 am | Reply
  66. Devon

    So, is it going to be translated to English for us Americans? It sounds interesting, I kind of want to try it out.

    May 22, 2011 at 10:32 am | Reply
  67. 逗你玩

    呵呵,有敌人不好么,你把对方当敌人,对方也把你当敌人。大家在竞技一起成长,没有敌人是非、

    常可怕的。。。。

    May 22, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply
  68. RealWorld

    Even in todays American churches men women and children are being programed to hate people of other Ethnic backgrounds. Example; Jeremiah Wright... Our nation is slowly turning its heart against Isreal and Jewish people ( I am not Jewish ). They are changing policy to adopt the hate and prejudice of the Arab world.
    America is in a Empathetic drought...What do they teach in school...NEVER DO THEY TECH CHILDREN TO PLAY A ROLE IN LOOKING OUT FOR THE SAFETY AND WELFARE OF OTHERS ( TO LOVE PEOPLE AROUND THEM ) Instead, its "all about ME" mentalty. Yet you have the media somehow being hypocritical of other cultures... Is it any wonder our prison system is full to capacity.

    May 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  69. cattlebarn

    Chinese are coming once they ruin our economy.
    Americans will only wake up once they put 3 million troops here.
    Obama is clue-less, Hillary is silent, Pelosi & Reid are looting the Treasury. Americans only want to watch Arnold on TV and Facebook.

    May 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  70. Eduardo

    Americans don't think is bad making war games agaist other coutryes , why are they think this is bad agaist them? What comes around ,goes around.

    May 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  71. Kevin

    I suppose it's more interesting that shooting unarmed people from Tibet and Taiwan.

    May 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  72. Jupitor

    China wants to rule the world make no mistake about that. Buy USA products if there still are any except for wepons.

    May 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  73. Cody SLC utah

    I love how CNN always manages to start controversy where there is none.

    The USA and China getting into a war would be mutually destructive. If China somehow destroyed the USA, the world economy would collapse. If USA somehow destroyed China, the world economy would collapse.

    May 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  74. Hamoodi

    This is riduclous. People get mad when there is a game where American Soldiers are harmed, but when there is a game about American Soldiers killing other countries' soldiers it's just fine. Grow the FU** up.

    May 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  75. D

    As a gamer who has been at it for years, i can tell you we have made games pitted against many countries. Having also served in the Air Force, people need to realize that American are seen as a target to some and a hard one at that. We have the greatest military force on the planet and its only natural in a video game to target the best. If a country is going to train thier military why not have them train again the best. Doesnt mean they are planning a invasion. Its just a game.

    May 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  76. lubbockgoddess

    Call of Duty: not only do you shoot at Americans, but at Russians, Vietnamese and even Mexican Rebels. So why is this such a big deal?

    May 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  77. Lucke

    Well, as game enemies we have been using latinos, asiatics, and else. So, what is the problem if they use us as losers, too???

    May 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  78. billy

    what he said!

    May 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  79. cdogg

    Live by the sword, die by the sword. Imagine if another army invaded us and its soldiers raped, murdered and tortured our citizens. Now imagine if that nation demanded that its troops were always portrayed as the good guys in all books, games and movies. How would you feel?

    Like an Iraqi
    Like an Afghani
    Like a Libyan
    Like a Vietnamese
    Like a Laotion
    Like a Somili
    Like a Cuban
    Like an Iranian

    or

    Like an American

    May 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  80. Ethan

    seriously does this have to be news so what china made a videogame that has china shooting at america where have we seen something like this before seriously let them how often have american made video games with Americans fighting other countries

    May 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  81. Joey B

    They already have a target on our the head our economy, as they continue to undervalue their currancy to create a 270 billion trade deficit with the US in 2010 alone. Its no surprise that they are now placing a target on the heads of our soldiers, if only in a video game.

    May 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  82. That Guy

    really? we have CoD:americans killing russians, we have Homefront:americans killing north Koreans. Why cant we have chinese kill americans? you mad?

    May 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  83. USJ

    You have to be kidding to not take situations like that described in the article seriously. I have watched children playing these sorts of games on their home computers and am very concerned! Poisoning young Chinese minds against foreign American looking troops in a violent military-style videogame is unilateral and anti-social. In fact, you'd think, as a young Chinese, that Americans weren't allies and business partners.

    The game's name is reckless, also, and irresponsible. Warnings that parents can read should be posted all over the game and the 'net about the intent and meaning of the game's creation.

    I still have troubling thoughts about what happened in Japan when their subway was attacked by a cult leader who used poison gas and killed people, and in a way, this game could be used as a psychological weapon, affecting both Chinese and American national interests. Please watch out for games like this!

    May 23, 2011 at 12:21 am | Reply
  84. Henry Wong

    Ok, american games show Americans killing all kinds of races, and do the other countries complain? NO! And american movies keep displaying Asian people as bad guys. Finally some thing hits it back at the Americans. Now just keep it coming and let's see how Americans feel.

    May 23, 2011 at 12:32 am | Reply
  85. zyan globosits

    look at you guys, picking on america. why dont you take pride in your country and want your country to be #1?

    May 23, 2011 at 12:48 am | Reply
  86. BK

    Fallout 3 had Chinese enemies, yes. But they also had the US government as enemies. It really didn't depict one as being worse than the other.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:52 am | Reply
  87. TheButcher

    This is nothing new. It's conditioning. We have been doing it for years. It would be hypocritical for us Americans to get wound up over this. However, it should make you think.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:56 am | Reply
  88. USMCAmmoOki

    The unsettling part is not that the game pits chinese against us. The issue that makes me take notice is that this game was developed for and by the Chinese military, exclusively at the moment. China has plenty of much closer enemies than us (Thailand, North Korea, Japan, etc) so why is this game teaching Chinese soldiers that Americans are a primary target?

    May 23, 2011 at 3:01 am | Reply
  89. darkguardian1314

    There our friend in trade, yet our enemy. What a funny relationship we have with China.

    May 23, 2011 at 3:52 am | Reply
  90. el sheepie

    Our gamers are better than China's gamers......We've got this one in the bag;D Playstation network or no playstation network. We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not failXD

    May 23, 2011 at 4:46 am | Reply
  91. Omar, Riverside, California

    I do not have a problem with the shooting games. Hell let anyone shoot at anything they want in front of their TV. What ever game they want to play is up to them.
    I have a problem with the following.

    The game was co-developed by the People's Liberation Army's Nanjing branch, and is (for now) intended for use by soldiers as a training aid.

    Chinese Military and the wack jobs that run that country are training for a face off against the USA. And CNN blows it off as well its just a game. That is the problem.

    May 23, 2011 at 6:56 am | Reply
  92. me2

    Their main target like Japan (over half a decade ago) is America. whats Thailand gonna do when all hell breaks loose? One million Chinese will over ran Thailand like locusts on a plantation.

    May 23, 2011 at 10:09 am | Reply
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  93. hewei

    do not worry i shoot every one in my game

    May 23, 2011 at 10:27 am | Reply
  94. AYBABTU

    All your base are belong to us.

    May 23, 2011 at 11:08 am | Reply
  95. Carlos

    You guys are missing the point. The game is for soldiers to train with so it's sponsored by the Chinese government. it's not a retail game for kids to play. It's a government tool to train their soldiers on how to kill American solderis. How is no one raising an eye brow?!?!??!?!?! You people are seriously retarded if you think it's the same as the games America puts out. Fallout 3 is a game that takes place hundreds of years in the future so it's all hypothetical. Same with games that has us fighting the Russians. Plus, like I said earlier, they are retail games to play and have fun with. Not to train soldiers on a possible invasion.

    May 23, 2011 at 11:58 am | Reply
  96. James

    If movies like Rambo can show heroic mission of American with Taleban help against USSR, why the reverse is a problem???!!! Be more free-mined American.

    May 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  97. yousef

    it is ignorant of Americans to care if they are virtually represented in a video game, just a few weeks ago homefront came out where the north Koreans where negatively portrayed as the "bad guys" invading the united states. There is nothing wrong with using Americans as "bad guys" especially when Americans are often out "liberating" other countries. You must remember it is just a game, a fantasy, or even illusion.

    May 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  98. James

    in a computer soccer game, u can play choose any country as opponent and according to real world ranking opponents skill are changed. As this chinese game is for Military training purpose, it is normal to have different country as enemy (also skills of enemy will vary). in this case, America is potential enemy of china,can you deny it? so, why is the fussssssssssssssss!!!!!

    May 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  99. Erin

    @Carl 1st commentor, are you serious?
    have you heard of america's army?
    it's a game that was created by the U.S. army

    May 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
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      March 3, 2012 at 6:31 am | Reply
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  101. buddybob

    Are humans destined to fight and kill each other? If that is the case, we are just like games and toys played either by "Gods" or some kind of invisible force.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:57 am | Reply
  102. dave836

    Well, I say it's a little scary because it was made by the PRC for their own soldiers. If it was intended for entertainment purposes then I really wouldn't care.

    Sure, the US military has games for soldiers but, as the article points out with AA, they depict generic nations. This game (which I emphasize is for PRC soldiers for TRAINING) is obviously intended to simulate a war against the US.

    December 4, 2011 at 8:14 am | Reply
  103. Serenity Henderson

    Hey folks, Is going to be the U.S. much better off keeping Syria's Assad?

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  104. shabusnelik

    How is it different when US-Troopers shoot at Russians? xD (in almost every shoote game out there!)

    March 25, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply

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