Chinese State Press Promotes Anti-Corruption Video Game
Showing an uncharacteristically light touch for Party messaging, the Communist mouthpiece "People's Daily" tweeted links to a game that challenges players to tase corrupt officials.
As celebrated Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke told The Hollywood Reporter at the Cannes film festival last year, "Corruption is the most talked-about issue in China."
China's president Xi Jinping has been waging a crackdown on corrupt officials for more than a year, but now ordinary Chinese citizens have a chance to join the fight.
The challenge of the game is to tase corrupt officials as they poke their heads out from the windows of a prison.
As People's Daily puts it: “Click on your mouse to activate the electric prod and get yourself on the anti-corruption high-score list!”
Players can take satisfaction in zapping four types of corrupt officials. There's one with hearts for eyes and a lascivious mouth, representing the string of bureaucrats who have been caught in sex scandals over the past year. Another mischievously wields a red stamp, used in China to approve documents, likely symbolizing abuse of power. The third stealthily passes a bag of cash, while the last grasps for money -- giving and receiving bribes.
The game represents an uncharacteristically light touch for the Party's anti-corruption messaging.
As People's Daily says in its message to players: “Everyone has a responsibility to fight corruption and embezzlement!"