The Communist Party’s official mouthpiece People’s Daily introduced a new online game called ‘Kill the Devils’, where players are prompted to point and shoot at Japanese war criminals with a handgun.
The game allows players to chose from 14 targets, all cartoons based on Japan’s “Class A” war criminals from World War II, including General Hideki Tojo, Japan’s prime minister throughout most of the war who was executed in 1948.
According to WSJ:
Several of the top scorers posted on their Weibo accounts what looked to be an automatically generated messages about their scores. One tweeted: “I had 36 shots in a row… There are 14 ‘Class A’ war criminals from World War II waiting for us, come help take down the devils!”
The top scorer displayed by the site is a Beijing-based Weibo user who registered Thursday under the name “Registered for the sake of killing devils.”
As far as the rumble between China and Japan has unraveled since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine in December, the video game remains a relatively tame jab at the other nation compared to the time:
• The Chinese and Japanese ambassadors to the UK likened one another to Lord Voldemort then refused to be interviewed in the same room during a BBC talk show.
• A member of Japan’s public broadcasting company claimed that the Nanjing Massacre “never happaned“, leading China to declare that it “might” send recently disclosed documents detailing cruelties dealt by the Japanese military during the massacre to the UNESCO heritage project.
• The People’s Daily called the Yasukuni shrine a “symbol of Asian Nazism/Fascism“, after which China said it wanted German officials to go to Japan and “tell them how to cope with history“.
For those of you looking to get your kicks on the lighter side of entertainment, we’d like to remind you that earlier this year, the fine people at People’s Daily brought us “Fight Corruption”, a game where users earn points for using an electric prod to tase corrupt officials in prison.