China's PLA develops own military game
Updated: 2011-05-13 14:39
By Zhang Jiawei (chinadaily.com.cn)
Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) officers and soldiers will soon have the chance to play the army's first self-developed military game, as it finishes the main development and is in the debugging process.
The video game, Mission of Honor, was co-developed by the PLA's Nanjing command and the Wuxi Giant Interactive Group Inc two years ago, the PLA Daily reported Friday.
The game is set in a soldier's life at a military camp, and the final mission is to complete a large-scale military drill code named "Mission of Honor".
Its three modules -- basic training, individual mission and team combat -- provide players with the sense of growing from a rookie into an experienced veteran.
The paper said military games in the Chinese army is still at the beginning stage, and army officers and soldiers' present entertainment tools are mainly simple games such as chess.
Even though military games were occasionally played in some military commands, the games were mostly developed by foreign countries, which may have different military values and mislead Chinese army officers and soldiers, the paper said.
The paper cited soldiers who tried the game as saying that it is "quite fun" and just like a simple military textbook that features professional combat skills and command passwords.
Efforts at perfecting the game are ongoing.
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