On Thursday the People's Liberation Army (PLA) released a video game commemorating the founding of the powerful group developed by Giant Interactive Group. The game (revealed by this Reuters report) is called Glorious Mission Online and lets players put on the uniform of the PLA as it defends contested islands in the East China Sea called "Diaoyu" by the Chinese and "Senkaku" by the Japanese.
The first-person online action game lets players fight against the Japanese forces and yell "patriotic" phrases like "You will not violate our sovereign territory!'" and call the invaders "guizi," a derogatory Chinese term for the Japanese occupiers during World War II. Other messages flash on the screen as players fight Japanese forces like "the guizi are coming!" and "the guizi have been obliterated!" when a mission has been completed.
The game was developed by Giant Interactive Group, a company that operates a number of popular online games in China including the ZT Online 1 Series, ZT Online 2, Elsword, and Allods Online.
Richard Chiang, a spokesman for Giant Interactive, told Reuters that the military fully supports the game and wanted to give Chinese citizens a game that celebrates the Chinese military.
"The military was 100 percent behind this game," he said. "Rather than playing the same foreign games like Call of Duty and being American Marines shooting Russians or whatnot, Chinese can actually play as Chinese soldiers."