Report: China bans Battlefield 4, calls it threat to national security

Chinese government's Ministry of Culture reportedly bans EA's latest military shooter.

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The Chinese government has banned Electronic Arts' military FPS Battlefield 4 because it contains content that threatens national security, the country's Ministry of Culture has said.

The Wall Street Journal points out that this decision is not likely to negatively impact EA's business because the publisher doesn't sell Battlefield 4 in China.

The ban comes after the release of downloadable expansion China Rising, which features four multiplayer maps on the Chinese mainland.

An official copy of the Ministry's announcement is not yet available and an EA representative declined to comment on the story.

Last week, a Chinese newspaper accused Battlefield 4 of "discrediting China's image" and "distorting the truth in an effort to mislead young people."

China lifted its 13-year console ban in September with the creation of a new free-trade zone in Shanghai.

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It's totally cool... I love it ^_^,

Regards,

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I wonder if Fallout is banned in China...

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This is unfair to the Chinese public, but hey at least got Call of Duty online.

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Its a video game that's like stating that everyone from Kazakhstan is like Borat. And I though the tea party was nutty

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guess it makes sense. I cant blame them

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So....God forbid the US and China go to war..... Are you telling me that all we have to do is set some traps with PS4s playing Battlefield 4 and the Chinese troops will start a revolt against their own government ???....WTF ?!?!

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Easy to understand , they ban everything that would have any chances undermine the rule of the party , BF4 is just a game but in their eyes BF4 is showing the possibilities of armed uprising against the party .

In China , party = state , in that way you can understand why .

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My god, the Chinese still have a Ministry of Culture...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah of cause they do. They want to make sure that western culture wont overshadow their own. Which I don't think it will. Japan still has their own culture right? We in the western world even use some of their culture. China's a silly ol' country! :D

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> THAT'S FUNNY.If there was a game that paints USA as evil. And the plot is about a taliban from middle east. wich had his innocent family blown up by US drones. That some kind seeks revenge. Im pretty sure it would be banned in usa xD

If there was a game that paints homosexuals as angel. And the plot is about a innocent gayboy from the us. wich had his innocent family killed by russia laws. That some kind seems unreasonable. Im pretty sure it would be banned in russia xD and got criticized all over the world

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Well isn't this a smug little article aimed at whipping up nationalist fervor against China. See below comments.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You've got to be kidding right? If you really think that a video game web site is trying to generate "nationalist fervor against China" then you probably should take off that tin foil hat and let your brain breathe a bit.

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Well, I don't know about BF4, but the US certainly is!

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Human rights mean nothing, but a fictional depiction of a war with no real world implications is horrific.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Its not anything to do with rights, its about China retaining its image, not looking like an evil superpower bent on taking over the world and keeping its people in line.

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China is scared of a video game... I guess it's not as bad as the middle east.

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Threatens national security? Paranoia is alive and kicking when a game can rock a nations government. The true threat to Chinese national security comes from the fact that the majority of the population are living in poverty as communists, with a rich upper class living like capitalists. That cannot continue because it is not true communism and the people will eventually revolt.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> "...the majority of the population are living in poverty as communists, with a rich upper class living like capitalists"


Sounds like the US, although "living like communists" would be an improvement.

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all i have to say is LOL china

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And I thought schizophrenics were paranoid.

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I am playing BF4 everyday, I am not chinese, but I live in China. Maybe for PC players might be a problem, as for consoles, it's working fine so far :) And you still can buy BF4 on online stores.

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The Chinese are hilarious. A videogame can be a threat to their security, but all the smog and pollution covering their cities is great for national security.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The smog in the city can be used as cover against hostile helicopters and bombers.


The pollution in the city can gradually poison hostile occupying troops.


These are all strategies employed by the Chinese government as national defense in case of a war.

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@chaosbrigade@ahpuckYeah, that's exactly what they said. Too bad radars can see through all the crap flying around their cities. The only people being poisoned by the pollution in the city are their own citizens, whatever, the Chinese minister of culture is one crazy wackadoodle.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Oh lol

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> OMG...You might actually be right. The U.S has been begging for them to be environmentally friendly.

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Lol silly commies.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> they're not commies, they're state capitalists.

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More like fascists, which is rather ironic.
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Could give a shit about what china is doing real plain and simple.... Sucks for those who want to play it that live there but by the time its actually working correctly they might lift the ban which should be by the end of the year.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You probably should care, as they are more than likely going to have a major part to play in next few decades or so, unless one is planning on dying?

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Chinese, as usual....

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Their house, their rules. Don't like it? Lump it. Not because 'the west' is gung ho about something doesn't mean everyone's gotta be on board. Nobody said countries must evolve lock step with the US - hell the US to this day can't even convert to the metric system.


I'm not Asian but you clowns always want to dip your crap into other's affairs. Would you like it if your neighbors came into your house and told you how to run your family? No.


Mind yours, let them do their thing. If they're to 'come around' it'll be when they're ready.

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Pointless!

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China and russia can ban whatever they want. Dumb countries.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> America isn't so bright either, my friend, at least not currently. We've devalued education, our school systems are spiraling downward, we've got a congress that's full of Tea Party nitwits who constantly go out of their way to combat Obama on every and any little thing he does (mainly because he's black, though they of course will deny it), our leaders constantly have us in everyone's business (yet heaven forbid we take better care of our own), we contribute more to global warming than just about any other industrialized nation, violence - especially gun violence - is a problem, and we like war. I could go on and on. So, yeah, America ain't looking too exemplary at the moment.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I don't know about america, never have been there. But i know it's not fascist, racist, homophobic shithole like russia.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You know there's a big difference when there're only some people or groups of people who're racist, fascist etc. and when it's promoted by fascist dictator like putin.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I'm not Russian, but I certainly wouldn't appreciate someone calling it a shithole. You know we have racism, homophobia and fascist elements in the US as well, and probably your country as well.


But you weren't trying to make a point, you were trying to offend.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Ignorant ass. Let me try. America is a dumb country too. Happy new year!

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Imagine the hell to pay there will be when the ®ussians discover Rush'n Attack.

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Battlefield 4 then froze up, which China called a threat to the space-time continuum.

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@amg503 It's funny because it's true, well at least for PS3 it is. The game freezes every time explosions are happening rapidly in a small area, or every time I joke about it going to freeze.


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pfft, if china could they'd ban america

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To put China's ownership of U.S. debt in perspective, its holding of $1.2 trillion is even larger than the amount owned by American households. U.S. citizens hold only about $959 billion in U.S. debt, according to the Federal Reserve.


Try again.

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