It's 2.6 GB, but if you have the disk space and five hours to spare, go here to download Glorious Mission Online, a first-person shooter you'll be hearing a lot more about in the coming hours and days.
We thank and curse Kotaku for alerting us to the game "Defence of the Diaoyu Islands," hosted on Chinese Global Times's website, wherein a player takes control of a Chinese warship that must kill as many Japanese enemies as possible before inevitable failure.
It's interesting, but what a time suck.
While checking out coverage of the “invisible console” unveiling of the Playstation 4 in New York, I was struck by a familiar sight. No, not Diablo III. During the gameplay footage of Killzone 4, I recognized a certain oft-blighted building here in Beijing. Amidst the the civil unrest between the Helghest and Vektan loomed the unmistakeable curves and orbs of... Read more »
With its vertically-oriented architecture, Hong Kong lends itself to the type of surreal, postmodern panoramas you see out of artists like Michael Wolf, but its layout can also be manipulated to reveal its horizontal, two-dimensional, anti-stereoscopic obverse: for example:
Here is the cinematic intro to Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising, a tactical shooter game released in October 2009. In it, an island originally owned by the Chinese, called Skira, is jointly colonized by Russia and Japan through military force in the 17th and early-18th centuries. After the Russo-Japanese War, Japan gains the entire island, then loses it back to Russia following World War II. Sometime during the Cold War, oil is discovered on this volcanic island but is "hard to reach."
We've seen, on more than one occasion, people here play real-life Frogger to disastrous results. A news show in Heilongjiang Province called Xinwen Yehang (新闻夜航, literally "News Night Flight") has connected the dots -- Frogger... real-life... BAD -- and compiled several dozen examples of jaywalking pedestrians risking their health to get across a street in Harbin called Edmonton Road.
This is not the first time within the last four months that someone playing real-life Frogger in China has been captured on video losing. In March, there was this (I added the music... it seemed appropriate at the time), in which a man sprinting across heavy traffic gets nailed by a van in the furthermost lane. Apparently that video wasn't enough of a deterrence, a clear message that real-life Frogger is a bad idea.
It’s unclear whether this was done out of love or spite, but a man in Beijing, reacting to his girlfriend’s constant nagging about his lack of prospects, his laziness, and other things girlfriends generally dislike, decided to show some initiative and prove his worth. He rented the big screen at Beijing West Railway Station, plugged... Read more »
Tudou video for those in China after the jump China doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to intellectual property. Big international companies spend lots of money fighting IP theft when smaller groups here in China happen to “borrow” IP rights. Which is why the current IKEA commercial in its spring public transport... Read more »
The worst part about what happens here is you see it coming and you want to shout some warning to the guy, a simple "Wait!" or "Whoa there!" But there's no pause button in real life: it just happens, sometimes in slow motion -- the man hesitating, quickly glancing both ways to make sure he can at least clear the first couple of lanes; the slow-moving white van concealing the fast-moving white van on its (and the man's) blindspot; that final stride, a gallop of faith...