While it's not much to look at, a game simply known as "Fight Corruption" has grabbed the attention of hundreds of thousands of gamers in mainland China, according to independent (New York-based) Chinese media outlet, NTD TV.
While the game isn't particularly complex or pretty, "Fight Corruption" is popular because it has struck a nerve with Chinese citizens for highlighting the high levels of corruption in the government, despite the fact that the game is an official product created by someone either in or sympathetic to The Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The game, which was launched on the media section of the pro-government People's Daily website, lets users fight corrupt officials "Wack-a-Mole" style. The game opens with a message to players: "heavy anti-corruption causes corrupt officials to tremble with fear and people applaud. Anti-corruption is a universal responsibility. Whether it’s a ‘tiger’ or ‘fly,’ you can get them to show their true colors by clicking the mouse and waving the flashlight!"
But players fighting the virtual corruption are saying that the game is so popular because it mirrors the real world: the more corruption players fight in the game, the more corruption rears its ugly head and ultimately overwhelms the player.
Some say that players often fight the police in the game too, because the cops and corrupt in the game are from the "same family."
German columnist Jing Shidi tells NTD TV that people fight the police in the game because the anti-corruption police forces are also one of the biggest causes of public anger.
"The police system doesn’t serve the country but serves the interests of the CCP. It’s the CCP’s tool used to suppress people, it’s impossible to maintain fairness and justice in Chinese society."
Shi Jingdi believes that the game was introduced to put supposed anti-corruption forces in a better light.
"Unexpectedly, more corrupt officials appearing in the game coincides with the reality that more corrupt officials are being exposed after the CCP’s anti-corruption over the years in China," added Shi Jingdi. "On the contrary, people can tell the CCP can’t resolve corruption because it originates within the regime itself."
Ultimately Shi Jingdi thinks the game has very little value, adding that "fighting ten thousand corrupt officials in a game is not as good as striking down one corrupt official in reality."
Source: NTD TV