Report: Game banned for giving China a bad name
- 22 March, 2004 12:00
Chinese regulators have banned a computer game for smearing the image of China and its armed forces, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
The game, IGI2: Covert Strike, depicts a mercenary fighting three campaigns in the former Soviet Union, Libya and China.
In the Chinese campaign, the mercenary stole intelligence, engaged in sabotage and shot at Chinese soldiers while images of China's national flag were occasionally displayed on screen, Xinhua said.
China's State Press and Publication Administration (SPAA), which regulates the computer gaming industry, was apparently not amused. SPAA has banned the game, claiming it intentionally smeared the image of China and its armed forces, Xinhua said. All copies of the game were now illegal and would be recovered by authorities.
The Administration also plansned to punish the developers, producers and sellers of the game "according to the law", the report said. IGI2: Covert Strike was developed by Innerloop Studios AS in Oslo, Norway, and distributed by English company, The Codemasters Software.