BEIJING, March 15 (Xinhuanet) -- Frequently referred
to as electronic heroin or invisible killers, China's on-line games sometimes
redeem themselves when historical education becomes popular among hundreds of
thousands of youngsters.
A new game, "Learning from Comrade Lei Feng," claims
that its most distinguishing departure from its peers lies in a theme which
encourages players to live a thrifty life and offer help when needed, rather
than promoting sheer killing and bloodshed.
Lei Feng, who was just 22 when he died in an accident
in 1962, inspired the whole nation then after Mao called on people to "Learn
from Comrade Lei Feng," and show the "Lei Feng Spirit".
He was immortalized by the late Chinese leader
Chairman Mao Zedong as a selfless and model citizen serving the people heart and
In the game, the players play the role of a young
pioneer. One of the most classic backgrounds is a crossroad, where there are
vehicles, traffic lights and streams of people.
Pedestrians may say dirty words, trample upon grass,
spit or litter on the road or break traffic rules and the players' tasks are to
stop these bad habits or deeds while helping old men cross the street.
If players accomplish their tasks, they are rewarded
with bonus points, which, if sufficiently high, earn them a red star as an extra
prize, said Jiao Jian, a 12-year-old pupil of a primary school in Yuexiu
District, Guangzhou, the capital of south China's Guangdong Province.
"When the four points, fame and loyalty rise to a set
standard, we have a chance to see Chairman Mao at magnificent Tian'anmen
Jiao said he is still working very hard so as to
acquire Mao's autograph as soon as possible.
Created by China's Internet game giant, Shanda
Entertainment, "Learning from Comrade Lei Feng" is China's first educational
A company senior official said the game was developed
to "have youngsters feel the content and happiness gained from helping others."
This sort of game combines entertainment with
education, which is more acceptable for children, said Dong Bo, an official from
the publicity department of the Jilin Youth League committee. Enditem