Awful newspaper the Global Times has launched ‘Defence of the Diaoyu Islands‘, a screen-scrolling shooter to add to the growing list of ‘red games‘.
The game opens with an explanatory pop-up about how the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands are undeniably Chinese territory:
We’ll defer to Eric Jou of Kotaku’s expertise when it comes to judging ‘Defence’ from a gamer’s standpoint:
Control wise the game is very simple, use the mouse to aim and click to shoot. The arrow keys control movement, left, right, up and down.
When you die, or win (I haven’t been able to win), the screen takes you to a web portal all about the current situation between China and Japan. It is an interesting read for anyone who can read Chinese.
Not much can be said for the music and the graphics but it’s a fun simple game. Take away all anti-Japanese messages and you have a very generic shooter. It’s not exactly worth playing in the sense that it’s a great game, but instead to look at the lengths State media will go to propagate the party line, that the Islands belong to China.