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China calls Battlefield 4 “new form of cultural aggression”

Chinese state media is against BF4, thinking it's a new form of aggression from the West.

Battlefield 4 ChinaThe Battlefield 4 singleplayer campaign heavily features China, as both the bad and good guys, and the Chinese state media isn’t happy about it. We heard something similar from the Russians back in 2011 when BF3 was released.

According to Chinese military newspaper Zhongguo Guofangbao, Battlefield 4 is a “new form of cultural aggression” against China. The plot in the singleplayer campaign revolves around a rogue Chinese general, whom the American’s are sent in to capture. China is also featured as a multiplayer faction in Battlefield 4, making the first real appearance since 2005’s BF2.

The Chinese newspaper says that Battlefield 4 is “discrediting China’s image abroad and distorting the truth in an effort to mislead young people”.

Actually, if you’ve played the singleplayer campaign, you’d know that China isn’t cast in such a bad light. For example, the rogue general is actually on the run from China as they’re trying to get rid of corruption. The player actually works with the Chinese military to stop the general from carrying out his plan.

But we suppose it’s easier for China to play the victim who is under attack from the West and our video games and entertainment. It’s a common tactic used by such countries to stir up some national pride.


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  1. The more things chage, the more they stay the same.
    December 24th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Of course they think it is ‘cultural aggression’ – the PRC is a hopelessly insecure and vain government that views the world through its paranoid and deluded lens.

    It is a terrified regime that feels so threatened by Tibetan Buddhist Monks, that it hacks into their G-Mail accounts!


    The PRC isn’t even close to the military superpower that the fools at DICE made them out to be – A green water Navy, with limited to non-existent power projection capabilities, mostly old, dilapidated Fighter and Attack aircraft, coupled with a peasant army that relies on aging MBT’s and IFV’s.

    Despite the recent modernization drive of the PLAAF and PLAN (which has undoubtedly added some impressive hardware), the vast majority of the equipment used by the PLA, PLAAF and PLAN belong in a Cold War museum as they are of 1960’s to 1970’s vintage.

    Keep a cool head and maintain a low profile. Never take the lead – but aim to do something big.
    – Deng Xiaoping

  2. BL
    December 24th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Typical communist response, much like alot of responses we get from Obama and the libs these days…

    • Baron Pietro Caltrano
      December 27th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      You are speaking the truth my friend

  3. chester
    December 24th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    LOL at this guy. ^
    Ignorant peoples all over the internet hahaha

    • Panda
      December 26th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Sadly, name calling doesn’t make it true. Only people who can’t argue sensibly or logically resort to name calling.

  4. mohammad
    December 24th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    meh…. now it has political problems . maybe if they add a good chines soldiers fighting with “the good team” it might not get bad as everyone think .

  5. The Iranian
    December 24th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    They are entitled to criticize the game’s plot as much as anyone else’s opinion to criticize other aspects. I never understood why the media (and now, gaming blogs, apparently) like to point these things out. Grow up.

    It’s also their right to criticize their portrayal as much as it is for you to criticize THEIR opinion of their criticism of their portrayal. See how ridiculous that sounds?


    • Snow
      December 25th, 2013 at 3:47 am

      thing is, China as a country isn’t portrayed bad at all in bf4. It’s either a case of bad research, or just the need of stirring up national pride as stated in the first reaction. In either case: not much to talk about.

      • The Iranian
        December 25th, 2013 at 11:02 am

        Yeah, I know. I played through the campaign. People who criticize don’t usually play through the campaign to know that. As for “stirring up national pride”, that’s laughable. Pride does not come from criticizing something because it was deemed offensive. The post has flaws, the Chinese critics have a flawed argument, and my point is there is no need to fan the flame in order to make them look (more) bad (by posting this, they already did that).

        On a side note: using “China” to represent this one of China’s many news outlets is sort of all-encompassing. “Chinese newspaper criticizes Battlefield 4’s plot” would be less militant than what is currently used.

        Just my opinion on this, that’s all.

    December 24th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I don’t get my real world facts from video games.

  7. Shadow7Cyrus
    December 25th, 2013 at 2:27 am

    same happened back to 2011 about Iran not Russia!

  8. Noesome
    December 25th, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Merry Christmas!

    • ViKreig
      December 26th, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Merry Christmas to you as well man! And to everyone else!

  9. Rich
    December 25th, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Maybe they can make a DLC of Tienanmen square and let all the players run over college kids with tanks.

  10. bobthebuilder666
    December 26th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    So the BF4 is owned by who?

  11. Colonel 100
    January 6th, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    China, please grow up. This game wasn’t made for you, it was made for gamers. If you aren’t one, you shouldn’t care anyway. Oh, and this game was made in Sweden, if you did not know, by EA Digital Illusions CE, or just DICE. They sure as hell didn’t mean to offend someone who could blow their asses right off the map.

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