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Post by Eorl @ 10:17am 28/12/13 | 30 Comments
DICE's modern warfare FPS Battlefield 4 has reportedly been banned by the Chinese government following the release of the latest expansion pack, China Rising, according to Wall Street Journal. The game had been banned on grounds of “national security” and perceived aggression against the Chinese culture.

Publisher EA has yet to give an official comment on the matter, but this new video game ban most likely won't hurt the company much since it doesn’t actually sell Battlefield 4 there. This isn't the first time a video game has been banned in China, with previous consoles having been banned for more than a decade, though the country has recently started relaxing its restrictions.

The expansion pack in question features a variety of new maps, vehicles and an additional gametype, all set on the Chinese mainland. Battlefield 4's single-player campaign also involves a Chinese admiral initiating a plan to overthrow the government in the year 2020.





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WirlWind
Posted 10:19am 28/12/13
Oh China, you so crazy...
maRtz
Posted 10:34am 28/12/13
Lol Chinese govt is such a joke
Crakaveli
Posted 10:40am 28/12/13
Yeah thank god we live in Australia where they would never ban anything.

/s
Whoop
Posted 01:02pm 28/12/13
Lol Chinese Australian govt is such a joke
cherocha
Posted 02:55pm 28/12/13
The fact that you can actually criticise the Aus government without fear of being blacklisted, harassed, or much worse, shows how unreasonable the comparison is.
copuis
Posted 03:44pm 28/12/13
The fact that you can actually criticise the Aus government without fear of being blacklisted, harassed, or much worse, shows how unreasonable the comparison is.


er, you are kidding about not being black listed aren't?

asio have alot of power, and there there are black lists of people, sure the actions are less harsh than those in china, but as we have seen of late in QLD, it doesn't take much of a change for the system to become a little more red
Tyoson
Posted 03:57pm 28/12/13
Australia is no where near as censored as China. I aint even being forced to say this.
cherocha
Posted 04:22pm 28/12/13
er, you are kidding about not being black listed aren't?

asio have alot of power, and there there are black lists of people, sure the actions are less harsh than those in china, but as we have seen of late in QLD, it doesn't take much of a change for the system to become a little more red

I don't know what you mean by being on some ASIO blacklist. Can you explain?

In China it can mean you, and in most cases your entire family, losing jobs, businesses, homes, and being ostracised within a whole city or province. Then there's beatings, imprisonment, and in rare cases you just disappear. You're not going to be evicted from your house, have goons ransack your business, and have the community you live in shun you because you called Tony Abbott a dickhead on Renren.
carson
Posted 06:05pm 28/12/13
We can all agree that both Aus and China aren't as bad as NK.
Noah
Posted 06:12pm 28/12/13
But north korea is best korea.
infi
Posted 07:53pm 28/12/13
ASIO is not permitted to gather intelligence in Australia.
pARODY
Posted 07:46pm 28/12/13
ASIO while similar in task is not limited like the CIA in it's jurisdiction.
infi
Posted 07:55pm 28/12/13
ASIO while similar in task is not limited like the CIA in it's jurisdiction.


yeah I got mixed up with ASIS. ASIO can do surveillance in Australiua, ASIS is primarily international.
Timmeh
Posted 09:14pm 28/12/13
Any one got this on ps4 hit me up:
psn: hillhog
shade
Posted 09:54pm 28/12/13
well who wants to buy a video game piece of american propaganda anyway, i.e. america the good guys, everyone else bad who opposes them, usual demonization of chinese/russian/germans/arabs as the bad guys. It's really not "just a game" just another propaganda piece for the the american military industrial complex.
Dan
Posted 09:59pm 28/12/13
It's really not "just a game" just another propaganda piece for the the american military industrial complex.
...developed by Swedes.
cherocha
Posted 10:06pm 28/12/13
well who wants to buy a video game piece of american propaganda anyway, i.e. america the good guys, everyone else bad who opposes them, usual demonization of chinese/russian/germans/arabs as the bad guys. It's really not "just a game" just another propaganda piece for the the american military industrial complex.

At one point in the SP campaign in BF3, you shoot a commanding officer to save a Russian dude, after having plowed your way through hordes of Russians. You even play a Russian character at a couple of points in the campaign, IIRC. I really don't think a Swedish game developer gives a flying fuck about the military industrial complex.
shade
Posted 10:23pm 28/12/13
dice is owned by EA.

all those military games are the same BS, battlefield, medal of honor, CoD just pure american propaganda.You seriously don't think constantly portraying certain ethnic groups as the enemy of america has no effect on the psyche of young people.
Timmeh
Posted 11:02pm 28/12/13
Some people read to deeply into things. Its a game.
cherocha
Posted 03:41am 29/12/13
You seriously don't think constantly portraying certain ethnic groups as the enemy of america has no effect on the psyche of young people.

I think there are a whole lot of variables that are significantly more impactful than a few computer games.

If you were citing America's Army as being propaganda? Sure. But as it is, your indictment of those games is coming off as a little silly. I'm curious as to whether you've even played any of them.
Fixah
Posted 05:18am 29/12/13
all those military games are the same BS, battlefield, medal of honor, CoD just pure american propaganda.You seriously don't think constantly portraying certain ethnic groups as the enemy of america has no effect on the psyche of young people..
why wouldn't they, the gaming industry is bigger than holleywood.

Some people read to deeply into things. Its a game.
So is this looking too deeply into a game?



fyi in case you didn't know - according to the Islamic faith one place you shouldn't mention God's name is in the toilet, but for some reason Activsion thought it'd be a good idea to include a quranic/islamic verse containing the words "God is Beautiful" no where but in a toilet. Coincidence? i think not.
Mountain_Jew
Posted 08:26am 29/12/13
China aren't missing out on much anyway - it's a shit game
WirlWind
Posted 10:46am 29/12/13
Fixah - Fuck 'em. I went there to laugh at all the comments and piss more of them off.

I swear, some day some butthurt muslims off youtube are gonna show up at my house with AK's or some shit.
Bah
Posted 11:06am 29/12/13
Coincidence? i think not.
Pretty much sums up religion.
ph33x
Posted 12:25pm 29/12/13
well who wants to buy a video game piece of american propaganda anyway, i.e. america the good guys, everyone else bad who opposes them, usual demonization of chinese/russian/germans/arabs as the bad guys. It's really not "just a game" just another propaganda piece for the the american military industrial complex.

Also note that in multiplayer modes, the US team typically has the map advantage. I was surprised when the Russians started up top on Metro.
Fixah
Posted 03:04pm 29/12/13
Fixah - Fuck 'em. I went there to laugh at all the comments and piss more of them off.

I swear, some day some butthurt muslims off youtube are gonna show up at my house with AK's or some shit.
ok how about you post your address here so I can be there to... protect you.. when they come.









Sucka..
cJay
Posted 04:50pm 29/12/13
ok how about you post your address here so I can be there to... protect you.. when they come.


Oh dear



Noah
Posted 05:00pm 29/12/13
So is this looking too deeply into a game?


Yes.
RiFT
Posted 10:36pm 29/12/13
PS4 players add me on PSN: RiFT1986
Tyoson
Posted 11:12pm 29/12/13
I like how religions the one thing people get all cranky about when it's dissed, yet people openly mock those with invisible friends.
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