Crack Down on Chinese Government Corruption... With a Flash Game

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The People's Daily, the de facto mouthpiece of the Chinese communist party, has recently put a flash game on their site. This particular flash game, despite its cartoony nature, depicts a particularly sensitive subject matter in the People's Republic—fighting government corruption.

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Ever since the new leader of the Chinese communist party came to power in late 2012, the government and the party have been addressing public unrest and discontent over government in China. The way the current government has been handling things can hardly be called reform, but there has at least been a vocal call to stomp out corruption within the government and the party.

For example, the influential, but corrupt party chief of Chongqing, Sichuan was removed from power. His supporter, a former member of the Chinese State Council, essentially the Chinese cabinet, is now under review. On top of putting the kibosh on powerful people, the current Chinese leadership has also put a halt to excessive spending by government officials and the like. Of course, the extent of the effect these initiatives have on corruption is to be determined.

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The People's Daily game, called Hit the Corrupt Officials, is super simple and barebones. The game opens up with a simple intro explaining the problems of corruption and how corrupt officials need to be beaten. Playing like a timed whack-a-mole type game, the player's cursor is effectively a big stun baton.

Every time someone who looks like a corrupt official shows up, they need to be shocked. Each successful shock will give the player upwards of 100 points, whereas each missed shock will be a deduction of 10 points. At the same time, police officers and prisoners are peppered into the mix, and if the player hits a cop, they lose 100 points.

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According to the People's Daily website and their public weibo microblog, the game—which appears to be a simple time waster—was planned as early as back in March 2013. Over the course of four days, over 200,000 people have played it.

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Online, the comments on China's largest microblog site, Sina Wiebo, have been rather interesting, with commenters sarcastically making fun of the game and the People's Daily's efforts.

@supersuperls: Playing the game, you can find out a few things. 1. Of the five characters, four are corrupt officials. 2. The more corrupt officials you beat, the more appear. 3. The more you beat the harder it is to beat them. 4. In the end time runs out... this is a very disheartening thought.

没有法律公平:What's the point of putting up this game on People's Daily? In Hentang village of Xintanshi, Hunan province, officials used violence against the people. Is there anything about this?

欢乐烤吧:Beat them... Stand firm and beat them.

金铜煤: BS, the guys beating the tigers ( ED: "Tiger" is term for those in power) are tigers themselves!

LeungXiu: Is the point of this game to say that the more baddies you beat up, the more appear?

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We have attached a link to the game for you to try out.

“打贪官” [Hit the Corrupt Officials - People's Daily]

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Eric is a Beijing based writer and all around FAT man. You can contact him @FatAsianTechie@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @FatAsianTechie.

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ShieldLumos
ShieldLumos

Sounds good. I have nothing against Communism as a thing.

Also: "A good dictatorship is better than a good democracy. But a bad dictatorship is a lot worse than a bad democracy". It's a shame that there are no good politicians. Although the only thing with that quote is that there are no real democracies in the world right now. An actual democracy is not what the UK or US governments are they are kind of pseudo democracies and while they are labelled as such they don't work as it should in reality.

Wouldn't mind some Athenian Democracy to be honest. Nobody is elected and you can be of any social standing to take part. Let's face it. In the UK you have to be "middle class" and have already established influence. If you're in the US you have to be a christian.