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Battlefield 4 banned in China

Battlefield 4 banned in China

Battlefield 4 China Rising.

Battlefield 4, EA's embattled first person multiplayer FPS, has been hit by yet another setback as China has now banned the game following the release of its China Rising DLC.

Although Battlefield 4 has not officially been released in China, the government has nonetheless intervened issuing a complete ban on everything to do with the game - called ZhanDi4 in China - including even talking about it on the country's largest social network Weibo.

The government accuses EA of including content in the game that threatens China’s national security. Set in 2020, the singleplayer campaign features a coup by the Chinese military and a subsequent collaboration with the Russians, a combination the US then has to take down. The story actually pivots on a friendly Chinese politician but the majority of the game has a strong anti-Chinese feel.

"Ministry of Culture: Battlefield 4 is an illegal video game, with content that endangers national security. It is an aggressive attack on our culture. After the ban of Battlefield 4, we demand that all items related to the game — downloads, Raiders, patches and news — are to be deleted", reads a statement on China.com translated by Polygon.

Although the singleplayer campaign of the original game is provocative enough, it is the China Rising expansion that has proved the tipping point. It includes four new maps on the Chinese mainland, ten new assignments, new vehicles, as well as the Air Superiority gametype.

This latest setback follows a steady stream of issues with the flagship release. Although launching to positive reviews within a few days of release it was clear the game simply wasn't stable. As a result its developer, DICE, put all other development on hold while it fixed the game.

EA, the game's publisher, has also been hit with a lawsuit by investors who feel the company mislead them about the readiness of the game.

It's likely the China ban won't have a huge impact on EA's finances in the short term as revenue from the region would have minimal but future hopes of expansion into the territory could well be affected.

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Dave Lister 30th December 2013, 13:35 Quote
Although I don't believe this should have been banned, it does appear to be yet more western propaganda against the rest of the world and could sour eastern/western relations among ordinary citizens. Maybe that is the view China has taken.
Neoki 30th December 2013, 13:40 Quote
To be fair China are a super power that I would expect to team with Russia.

Look into the land China and Russia own.

History is what we see in games and stories etc, what better way than BF4
Baguette 30th December 2013, 13:43 Quote
Agreed Dave, shouldn't be banned and it would be quite nice to see a change from the "Murica vs Bad bad communistic meanies China/Russia"
Harlequin 30th December 2013, 13:46 Quote
If push came to shove china dn Russia would go head to head (imo) The US military isn't the all conquering power it was , and china needs ` more breathing space` , look at it recent actions.
rollo 30th December 2013, 14:06 Quote
Last I checked EA does not sell Battlefield in China period. So it been banned is not really relivent as you can not access the servers to play it online either way. The fact they banned it just means people will try to obtain it through over means.

If push come to shove the world would die in nuclear attack from both Russia and USA there will never be another world war between 2 major super powers without nukes been involved. ( America and russia combined have about 20k nukes. Less than 1% of that would destroy the earth as we know it. earth ozone layer would be damaged by multiple detonations) Personally just hope I aint around to see it.

China the worlds largest most out dated airforce vs russia the worlds largest most outdated tank force. ( acording to wiki)
Dave Lister 30th December 2013, 14:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baguette
Agreed Dave, shouldn't be banned and it would be quite nice to see a change from the "Murica vs Bad bad communistic meanies China/Russia"

Yes, how about the EU against the US ? (in a game, for now) I bet that'd be a long time coming.
RedFlames 30th December 2013, 14:43 Quote
The US would probably be just as pissed if some Russian/Chinese games dev made a game where you had to defend some place or other from the US...

Though if they're pissed at BF4, they've clearly never seen how China is portrayed the Fallout games...
Harlequin 30th December 2013, 14:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
If push come to shove the world would die in nuclear attack from both Russia and USA there will never be another world war between 2 major super powers without nukes been involved. ( America and russia combined have about 20k nukes. Less than 1% of that would destroy the earth as we know it. earth ozone layer would be damaged by multiple detonations) Personally just hope I aint around to see it.

China the worlds largest most out dated airforce vs russia the worlds largest most outdated tank force. ( acording to wiki)


nah , the days of a global nuclear war are over - re could be WW3 but it wont be nuclear;

why? because once the gloves come off then using nukes by anyone will become a solution - Israel nuking 1/2 the ME , india and pak over the disputed areas.


no it wont happen.


look at the reaction to Syria using (imo) far far more dangerous
chemical weapons.
r3loaded 30th December 2013, 15:16 Quote
Wow, so much butthurt. Then again, China's government is the definition of butthurt if you dare to call them out on their bullshit, even as they hypocritically lay into other countries' supposed aggressive imperial ambitions.
Harlequin 30th December 2013, 15:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by r3loaded
Wow, so much butthurt. Then again, China's government is the definition of butthurt if you dare to call them out on their bullshit, even as they hypocritically lay into other countries' supposed aggressive imperial ambitions.

tianamen square.


nothing is ever mentioned of the government slaughter of the students.....
greigaitken 30th December 2013, 16:38 Quote
China bans bf4, probably reasonably effectively.
Over here parliament is so feeble it cant even ban child porn. effectively.
Sloth 30th December 2013, 19:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
Yes, how about the EU against the US ? (in a game, for now) I bet that'd be a long time coming.
But that would require effort. That's not allowed in modern FPS story writing.
Dave Lister 30th December 2013, 20:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sloth
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
Yes, how about the EU against the US ? (in a game, for now) I bet that'd be a long time coming.
But that would require effort. That's not allowed in modern FPS story writing.

laugh out loud, how very true !
Spreadie 31st December 2013, 03:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
China the worlds largest most out dated airforce vs russia the worlds largest most outdated tank force. ( acording to wiki)

You know China is the fastest developing country at the moment, right? They don't give a damn about international patents, and freely reverse engineer anything they can get their hands on. They bought the Russian SU-27 fighter and then built their own improved versions; and they've had some Typhoon variants for the last five years. Outdated airforce?

They have the resources to push their own space programme, have already landed a rover on the moon, and expect to have manned missions to the lunar surface within ten years. You may scoff that the USA did that in the sixties, but it was willingness to spend vast amounts on these things that pushed America to the forefront of military technology.
NIHILO 31st December 2013, 03:38 Quote
i think the term "nothing of value was lost" really applys here
Cthippo 31st December 2013, 04:04 Quote
China and Russia are natural competitors, not natural allies.

Siberia has resources that China needs, and a questionable ability to defend them. China and the Soviet Union actually had a number of battles over contested areas of their border during the 1950s and 1960s. These were real, albeit limited, shooting wars. The US and USSR haven't shot at each-other since 1920 when the US and other western allies sent troops to support the whites during the Russian revolution.

Likewise, the US and Chinese economies are completely dependent on one another for their survival. The Chinese recognize that war is bad for business, and a major war would be very bad for their economic plans.

You want some realistic war scenarios? Try these...

Korean war, part 2 (unlikely, but possible)

China vs. Vietnam over the Spratley and Parcel Islands (local war over resources)

Saudi Arabia vs. Iran, possibly growing out of Syria or Lebanon.

Russia vs one or more of the former Soviet Republics (Georgia war redux)
Corky42 31st December 2013, 09:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spreadie
You may scoff that the USA did that in the sixties, but it was willingness to spend vast amounts on these things that pushed America to the forefront of military technology.
I always thought it was all the valuable technologies England gave America as part repayment for the lend-lease program during WWII that pushed America to the forefront of military technology.
erratum1 31st December 2013, 10:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by greigaitken
China bans bf4, probably reasonably effectively.
Over here parliament is so feeble it cant even ban child porn. effectively.

How is that? As far as I know any producer will be locked up and the key thrown away.

As for tor us naval labs developed it so military could communicate undetected, wouldn't be much use if it was easy to crack.
Harlequin 31st December 2013, 10:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spreadie
You know China is the fastest developing country at the moment, right? They don't give a damn about international patents, and freely reverse engineer anything they can get their hands on. They bought the Russian SU-27 fighter and then built their own improved versions; and they've had some Typhoon variants for the last five years. Outdated airforce?

They have the resources to push their own space programme, have already landed a rover on the moon, and expect to have manned missions to the lunar surface within ten years. You may scoff that the USA did that in the sixties, but it was willingness to spend vast amounts on these things that pushed America to the forefront of military technology.

They apparently `bought ` the Israeli LAVI programme and then built it as the J-10.

as for `aging` Russian tanks - there are reports that KONTAKT-5 equipped T72`s bounced DU shots in the battle of the airport, and returned fired killing abrahms, the german army confirmed the ability of knotakt when they acquired T72`s on re nification.


Kontakt has been replaced by Relikt (T72BM and T99) - and the replacement is bing designed - called Kaktus.

But all equipment is only as good as the operator - the USA showed the world blitzkrieg part 2 in . the russians learnt the `new` warfare methods in the Balkans.
t5kcannon 31st December 2013, 22:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
Although I don't believe this should have been banned, it does appear to be yet more western propaganda against the rest of the world and could sour eastern/western relations among ordinary citizens. Maybe that is the view China has taken.

More like that the Chinese government is hyper-sensitive to any criticism. Strange to be semi-siding with a dictatorship, over the West's democratic system, however imperfect the latter is. I know I'd take the West's political and economic system any day over the Chinese system. Do you know how many Chinese are in the Laogai (Chinese gulag). There are at least over 1000 of these forced labour camps still in operation, with hundreds of thousands of men and women forced to work. In the last 50 years it is estimated that over 50 million men and women were sent to these slave labour camps. Lets not forget the so called Great Leap Forward of 1958-61, which cost the lives of around 30 million Chinese, and the Cultural Revolution which cost the lives of around another 15 million.
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