The current tension between China and Japan has once again spilled into the gaming world as the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s official news outlet, has created a game wherein people can shoot convicted Japanese war criminals with a handgun, virtually of course. The new browser game is called “Shoot the Devils” and can be played on the newspaper’s website.
The creators of the game said that the purpose is to remind netizens about the bloody history of the Japanese occupation and to “expose the crimes of the Japanese invaders” in a format that people would find fun and interesting. Players will have the option of choosing which one of the 14 Class A war criminals they would want to shoot in the face, using a mouse-controlled gun. The game even has short descriptions of the war criminals, including what their crimes were and how they participated in the colonization of China and creating policies to support it. There’s also a racist caricature of a Japanese soldier who has exaggerated buck teeth. One of the war criminals featured is General Hideki Tojo, who was the prime minister during the war and was hanged for his crimes in 1948.
Given the low opinion of Chinese people regarding Japan, particularly after the December visit of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Yasukuni War Shrine, this game will probably become a hit. One user said that the descriptions of the crimes of these war criminals is very helpful as they have forgotten who exactly were these convicted men. This isn’t the first time that China has done something like this. The Chinese military worked with a game developer before to create a video game called Glorious Mission Online, a first-person shooter. The player needs to fight with various forces to control the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
[ via SCMP ]