Chinese Army's 'Glorious Mission' videogame lets troops invade disputed islands
Like the US military's 'America's Army', 'Glorious Mission' is intended to appeal to both combat soldiers and would-be recruits
The latest version of the Chinese army’s video game slash recruiting tool Glorious Mission has been released, with the BBC reporting that the update gives players a chance to invade the Senkaku Islands – a disputed territory claimed by both China and Japan.
Military fervour in both countries has increased in recent months, with the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe declaring earlier this month that his country would “not give an inch” in the dispute with China.
The update will be released on Armed Forces day in China to coincide with the 86th anniversary of the formation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), who funded the title.
In appearance the game is extremely similar to popular Western shooters such as Call of Duty, allowing gamers to make their way through basic training before being deployed in a number of combat missions.
Using videogames as military propaganda is a well-established trope, with the US military leading the charge with the 2002 title America’s Army. First released in 2002 the game is used to recruit potential soldiers as well as train and educate current combat troops.
Like its US counterpart, Glorious Mission faithfully recreates the details of guns, uniforms and vehicles used by the Chinese Army. It also leaves itself open to criticism that it trivializes the damage of combat and targets the most impressionable section of society.
A report on the game from the PLA (via ChinaMil) describes the game as “divided into three parts including basic training, individual soldier's task and squad/team confrontation.”
China Daily cited soldiers who had played the game as “saying that it is "quite fun" and just like a simple military textbook that features professional combat skills and command passwords.”
Life & Style blogs
Why you should never make assumptions about people with autism
People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year, says study
Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
- 1 Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
- 4 Right to die: Belgian doctors rule depressed 24-year-old woman has right to end her life
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The leading provider of Employee Managem...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Kent based design consulta...
£25000 - £34000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you looking to work for an ...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This role's responsibility also include operat...