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Chinese Online Game Teaches Communist Values

Thanks to GamePolitics for sharing a story about Learn from Lei Feng, an online game intended to teach young people in China about traditional Communist values by following the example of Lei Feng, a national folk hero. As described by ChinaView.cn:

Hard work, a plain life and willingness to help others are the game's themes, which is very different from most other online games.

"For beginners, sewing and mending socks is the only way to increase experience and to upgrade," said Jiao Jian, a six-grade pupil in Yuexiu District, quoted by the newspaper.

"Every time you are promoted to a higher level, your clothes will become more average," he said. "You have to do good deeds in order to upgrade, such as contributing and volunteering on building sites. The more you do, the better and higher you get. Thus boosting your reputation."

The game also sets up tasks like a treasure hunt, which can be found in many online games. But the treasure here is a copy of Chairman Mao's Collection, unlike the usual swords or jewels.

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He also said he likes to battle against the secret agents mainly. "Sometimes the enemy was very strong. The fight almost exhausted me, so I would go to talk with the Party secretary to replenish my vitality at once."

"As long as my experience, reputation, skill and loyalty satisfy the game's criteria, I will win and meet Chairman Mao," Jiao noted. "I still have several tasks to go through. I will 'work hard' and strive to obtain the Chairman's autograph as soon as I can."

You raise by darning socks. You listen to Party propaganda to heal. You win the game by meeting Chairman Mao. Sounds like fun.

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