Battlefield 4 banned in China, even though EA doesn’t sell it there
Authored by Rob Newberry
It appears as if China has placed a ban on the sale of EA’s Battlefield 4 due to the release of the China Rising DLC pack. In a post on the Chinese website GXDC, writers criticized the game for the lack of reality and the attempts to “discredit China’s national image.” EA has not commented on the ban, but it’s unlikely to hurt them – particularly due to the fact that EA doesn’t sell Battlefield 4 in China to begin with.
It isn’t the first time China has banned game titles, and consoles have been banned for over a decade due to the negative effect they can have on children. Yet, the industry survives with pirated copies of games and grey market machine and console sales.
Posts on GXDC were quick to call for action saying (translated), “We must not only fight with this behavior, but also to actively carry out public diplomacy, highlighting the Chinese culture and build a good image of cultural products, to show the world a better positive image of the country.”
An official copy of the ban has not been made available, but we’ve Google translated some of the more interesting parts of the post from GXDC below for you.
Global release of “Battlefield 4″ game to the Chinese civil war, U.S. aid to the background, which does not match the reality of doping many details to discredit China’s national image. In computer games, television and entertainment programs for the carrier, to promote their own values, to demonize the image of his country’s approach is a new form of cultural aggression. We must not only fight with this behavior, but also to actively carry out public diplomacy, highlighting the Chinese culture and build a good image of cultural products, to show the world a better positive image of the country.
U.S. forces attack Shanghai, China, and the People’s Liberation Army fierce fighting? ! This is not realistic, but the game “Battlefield 4″ in the plot. This is a first-person shooter to 2020, China’s domestic unrest as the background, the U.S. military in order to “fight for peace, defeat the conspiracy,” Chinese downtown, coastal waters and mountains, and the People’s Liberation Army fighting in.
“Battlefield 4″ portrays a negative image of delusion seized power in a coup in Chinese generals, a mix of many profanity, funny text that appears on the tombstone plus game, making the game seem nondescript. Has lived in China for three years after the U.S. players Dauid trial, said: “This game makes me feel the producers still use the old eyes look Chinese, this is untrue.”
Western countries before making war games, mostly setting the imaginary enemy of Russia, but in recent years, with the upgrading of China’s national strength, China threat theory rampant, so foreign companies are increasingly keen to get some games in Sino-US conflict as a gimmick to earn the eye .
China Rising is the first DLC pack for Battlefield 4, with the action taking place on the Chinese mainland after a general in the Chinese army decides to overthrow the government.
Source: WSJ Digits