Recently, an online video game with an anti-corruption theme called "fight corruption" was introduced to China. Within just one week, the game has more than two hundred thousand players. Netizens point out that this game does not have much appeal. The reason for its popularity is because it is in line with fighting corruption views held by the public and players themselves.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece People's Daily formally introduced this web game
on Jan. 6th via the People's Daily social media site. Upon login the player is greeted with the introduction,
“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!”
The player may find the game very simple after login. In order to score, the player must use the mouse
to manipulate the electric baton to zap a corrupt official when one appears in the prison window.
The game has four types of corrupt officials, and the player will receive 100 points after hitting one corrupt official. 100 points are deducted for a partial hit or when a police officer is hit. The player’s score is ranked upon the conclusion of the game.
The game has attracted the attention of many netizens and two hundred thousand have played in just one week.
A Mainland netizen with playing experience said, “There are too many corrupt officials, too few police;
the more I fight, the more come out. The corrupt are increasingly difficult to zap, I could not escape death.” Another said, "I realized the game is true life."
A female college student in Shenzhen named Wan Li said that while the game is not appealing, it has grown in popularity because using electric batons to fight corrupt officials fits the psychology of people who hate corruption.
Shenzhen college student Li Xiaowan: "That game is similar to Whac-A-Mole, but the hamster is replaced with all kinds of corrupt officials. However, within 100 seconds, the faster you play, the more the corrupt appear. I felt very bored and gave up after I scored 7,000 points.”
In the game, there are various types of corrupt officials – greedy, lustful, and power hungry. Li Xiaowan said due to the large number of corrupt officials some people fight the police instead.
German columnist Jing Shidi pointed out that some Chinese say, "cops and robbers are from one family."
Anti-corruption police are also one of the biggest causes of public anger.
German columnist Jing Shidi: “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 purpose of introducing this game is to cooperate with the so-called anti-corruption situation and make a name for itself amongst Internet games.
Shi Jingdi: “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.
On the contrary, people can tell the CCP can’t resolve corruption because it originates within the regime itself."
Nine out of ten Chinese officials are greedy. The CCP is also aware of the serious of corruption.
Former CCP General Secretary Hu Jintao used the terms “fatal injury” and “destruction of the Party and the country“ in his report at the 18th National Congress to alert of potential danger.
Corruption has been a big concern of the Chinese people. In recent years, there is wave upon wave of voices demanding that corruption be fought.
After the fifth generation of CCP leaders came into power, they sang the praises of anti-corruption yet arrested those who cooperated with officials’ anti-corruption by requesting that public officials disclose their assets.
Li Xiaowan: "This game is the reality in China. The authorities say increasingly more anti-corruption
and high-profile anti-corruption is taking place. The result is the corruption is never ending.
The so-called anti-corruption is just a game where one group of corrupt officials beats another group and nobody is cleaner than the other.
Shi Jingdi pointed out that Chinese people deeply hate corruption. Anti-corruption doesn’t depend on prattling but on practical action. He believes fighting ten thousand corrupt officials in a game is not as good as striking down one corrupt official in reality.