The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

6 August 2007

Waiting for a US version

Chinese President Hu Jintao is on an anti-corruption crusade, and one of the results of Hu's campaign is a deliciously-vicious online game:

An online game in which players can torture and kill corrupt officials that a Chinese local government set up to teach people about the perils of graft is proving a roaring success, state media said Thursday.

"Incorruptible Fighter," developed by the government of east China's Zhejiang province, was launched just over a week ago and is already so popular that it is being redesigned to accommodate more players, the China Daily said.

The game, which lets players get ahead by killing officials by means of "weapons, magic, or torture," has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, the Southern Metropolitan Daily said.

Hey, it beats the hell out of screaming your head off at C-Span.

(Via Purple Avenger.)

Posted at 8:50 AM to Political Science Fiction

Try something like that here, and the gubermint will have you in Gitmo as a terrorist.

Personally I like the idea, but who would prosecute the cases against the corrupt official, especially given that there's corruption at every level from the redneck-county district attorney on up to the US Attorney General (who doesn't seem to understand the definition of PERJURY).

Is it still vigilantism if it is state-sponsored?

Posted by: Dan B at 11:50 AM on 6 August 2007