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Battlefield 4 Now Banned in China

By - Source: SlashGear | B 105 comments

China has made Battlefield 4 illegal.

If Battlefield didn't have enough problems as it is, the game is now banned from sale in China starting this week due to the supposed discrediting of China's national image in the futuristic plot line. The game is now deemed as a threat to national security in China.

According to SlashGear, the Chinese Ministry wants the game removed from physical shelves as quickly as possible, as well as all local online vendors. The Chinese ministry also wants the game uninstalled from consoles and PCs, as the game is now deemed illegal.

The Chinese Ministry claims that Battlefield 4 is "an illegal game, with content that endangers national security, and is all about a cultural invasion. Battlefield 4 relevant available downloads, patches, news, and other requirements [shall be] deleted within 24 hours."

The banning is based on the Battlefield 4: China Rising expansion pack that contains four maps on the Chinese mainland, new vehicles, new high-tech equipment, and ten new assignments. The plot consists of a fictional war in China stirred up by Admiral Chang who is out to topple the current government. Eventually, China and the U.S. team up to fight a common enemy.

News of the banning follows a report made by Chinese state-run newspaper China Military that said Battlefield 4 "smears China's image" and is a form of "cultural invasion." The country's biggest social media website, Weibo.com, is already censoring out "ZhanDi4," the Chinese translation for Battlefield 4. ZDNet reports that online users are still passing Battlefield 4 around via peer-to-peer download links.

Last week the law office of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP submitted a class action lawsuit against Electronic Arts in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit is on behalf of Electronic Arts common shareholders, and claims that Electronic Arts allegedly issued "materially false" and "misleading" statements highlighting the purported strength of the company's rollout of Battlefield 4.

Battlefield 4 was reportedly plagued with major technical bugs and glitches across all platforms at launch. The problems were bad enough to force developer DICE into putting all other projects on hold until Battlefield 4 was working properly across the field.

"We know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel your pain," EA told IGN. "We will not stop until this is right."

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    neon neophyte , December 27, 2013 1:25 PM
    it hurts my brain how ignorant some of these comments are
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    brizzelsprout , December 27, 2013 12:55 PM
    Uhh.... That's not socialism.

    https://www.google.com/#q=define+socialism

    I think you mean communism.

    https://www.google.com/#q=define+communism

    Never the less. Silly China.
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    jimmysmitty , December 27, 2013 12:28 PM
    That is pretty funny. It's just a game with a fictional story.

    Just sad at how repressed people around the world are yet we think our problems are bad.
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    jimmysmitty , December 27, 2013 12:28 PM
    That is pretty funny. It's just a game with a fictional story.

    Just sad at how repressed people around the world are yet we think our problems are bad.
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    jerreece , December 27, 2013 12:30 PM
    Quote:
    That is pretty funny. It's just a game with a fictional story.

    Just sad at how repressed people around the world are yet we think our problems are bad.


    Keep in mind there are people in political positions who want our government to become more socialist as it is...

    We may not have it as bad but we will get there if we don't keep our thumbs on politicians.
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    fimbulvinter , December 27, 2013 12:32 PM
    I've been playing Battlefield games since the beginning, but I refuse to give EA my money anymore. The SimCity rollout was the final straw for me.
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    hakesterman , December 27, 2013 12:43 PM
    Socialism at it's Worst. Anyway the Chinese Government is a joke and this is living proof of it. And at the end of the day if you buy into their nonsense, it's still their fault that they didn't check and rate the game before allowing it to be sold in their Country. Go Socialism. LOL
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    dextermat , December 27, 2013 12:47 PM
    Socialist... more like totalitarianism.
    That is the real problem!
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    sunflier , December 27, 2013 12:53 PM
    I read the article...and, well, I couldn't help but LOL. BwAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!
  • 28 Hide
    brizzelsprout , December 27, 2013 12:55 PM
    Uhh.... That's not socialism.

    https://www.google.com/#q=define+socialism

    I think you mean communism.

    https://www.google.com/#q=define+communism

    Never the less. Silly China.
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    Bean007 , December 27, 2013 12:58 PM
    I stopped giving DICE my money after BF 3. They might make good looking games but support is never been good with them. BF 2, BF 3, and from what I've read BF 4 has had nothing but issues. BF 2 took them too long to finally come out with the 1.5 patch to try to fix the hitbox issue. Granted there wasn't as many problems as BF 3 and BF 4 have had. Both from glitches and hackers. I wonder if BF 4 will topple the record BF 3 has with it's unfixed glitches. Perhaps they should have somebody outside of the DICE company make there patches and updates.
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    3lackdeath , December 27, 2013 1:16 PM
    Quote: jerreece
    That is pretty funny. It's just a game with a fictional story.

    Yet its ok for america to ban video games when americans are t
    the ones being killed, tell them that its a It's just a game with a fictional story.

    No country likes games or movies that shows them being slaughtered or being used in a bad light and that's just fact.
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    neon neophyte , December 27, 2013 1:25 PM
    it hurts my brain how ignorant some of these comments are
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    crysex , December 27, 2013 1:43 PM
    This is why Crysis picked on North Korea.
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    burkhartmj , December 27, 2013 2:05 PM
    Quote:
    Quote: jerreece
    That is pretty funny. It's just a game with a fictional story.

    Yet its ok for america to ban video games when americans are t
    the ones being killed, tell them that its a It's just a game with a fictional story.

    No country likes games or movies that shows them being slaughtered or being used in a bad light and that's just fact.


    What game are you referring to that America has banned? Pretty much every mildly war based game in the past 5 years has hated on America in some way and as far as I'm aware none of them got banned.

    Socialism, communism, and totalitarianism are different things. You can make the argument that the American government is incorporating more socialist elements, but it is by no means moving towards communism or totalitarianism.
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    Andy Chow , December 27, 2013 2:38 PM
    3lackdeath
    Quote:
    Yet its ok for america to ban video games when americans are t
    the ones being killed, tell them that its a It's just a game with a fictional story.


    Name one! Banned videogame in america? You're wrong. There's something called freedom of speech there. Even "Super Columbine Massacre RPG!" wasn't banned.

    Removed from stores? Maybe. But that's the retailers freedom to do so.
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    troger5troger5 , December 27, 2013 3:07 PM
    the united states is currently using secret tatics from the game to attack!!!! its all true!!! there tanks and missiles are behind the same trees and buildings! the drones you fly in the game are real and are not fake. its lile the movie starman
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    blppt , December 27, 2013 3:14 PM
    dextermat is the only guy here who gets it---these are not true socialist or communistic governments--they're totalitarian.
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    bochica , December 27, 2013 3:27 PM
    There are games banned in the US, but mainly because of the ESRB restriction or the lack of safety of games, such as "Sonic Blast Man." As far as the ESRB ratings, remember that GTA:SA was removed from retailers because of "Hot Coffee." That is when the "Second Edition" came out which restricted mods from the box. Users essentially had to modify the second edition to, well, modify it.

    "Bully" is another Rockstar game that was banned in certain parts of the USA, only after a few lawsuits. The reason for that game being banned was that it was promoting bullying. Also, as of recent, there is a senator (ironically a NRA supporter) wanting to ban GTA:V because of its violence.

    Freedom of Speech does protect from government censorship (In the form of imprisonment, death, etc. by government), but it does not protect you from the consequences from private entities as we saw with Phil Robertson and Paula Deen.
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    jojesa , December 27, 2013 3:43 PM
    Maybe EA should change the China Rising expansion pack: Where Chine joins forces with people from the USA to help dethrone Obama and the Obama Care.
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    applegetsmelaid , December 27, 2013 4:13 PM
    I love Tom's Hardware forums :-)
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    Teeroy32 , December 27, 2013 4:34 PM
    applegetsmelaid agree completely, more entertaining then Letterman
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