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China’s Communist Party inculcates youths with online games

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By John Glenday, Reporter

January 21, 2013 | 1 min read

China’s Communist Party has branched out into the development of online games in a bid to inculcate its ideology upon the nation’s young people.

Despite banning consoles such as the PlayStation and Xbox after branding videogames as ‘electronic heroin’ Chinese officials are set to peddle some of their own to China’s estimated 120m online gamers.

The latest ideologically pure title to hit the market will be Glorious Mission which has been scripted by propaganda officials and overseen by the People’s Liberation Army, to instill ‘core values’ upon players whilst conducting virtual combat missions.

Product of a multi-million pound investment in the sector through tax breaks and grants for gaming firms to emphasise Chinese history and culture.

Speaking to The Telegraph Liu Yang, a Shanghai-based game developer, said: “The problem is that the propaganda-related themes are not intrinsically popular with players and tend to push them away."

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