Glorious Mission Online, an online game that was developed in collaboration with the Chinese military and simulates fighting over the Senkaku Islands. was released on Army Day. The game presents an amphibious assault by Chinese forces on the Senkaku or Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea and comes after months of tensions between the two countries.
“Players… will fight alongside Chinese armed forces and use weapons to tell the Japanese that they must return our stolen territory”, reads a press release issued by Giant Interactive Group (GIG), the company behind the game. The graphics show China’s only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, in action off the islands, according to the international media.
Earlier versions of the game were developed as training simulators for officers of the People’s Liberation Army. “Most young boys, from the bottom of their hearts, want to be soldiers. They like to fight, they like to win”, said company vice-president and game developer Gu Kai.
He suggested that Glorious Mission, with its openly nationalistic theme, would help army recruitment. China and Japan have a long history of tensions over the uninhabited islands, which are administered by the Japanese government. Consumer boycotts and mass anti-Japanese demonstrations followed Japan’s decision last September to buy the islands from their private Japanese owners.