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WoW players against harmony

February 13, 2010 – 3:06 pm

网瘾战争 – War of internet addiction

I just watched this movie created by WoW players (World of Warcraft) from China. They used the game to portrait some events that happened during the last few years in China regarding their beloved game and also freedom of speech in general. In the movie the hero Kan Nimei goes on a strife against his main enemy Yang Yongxin who in reality is a Chinese professor who tried to cure children from internet addiction by using electric shocks. Along his way he comes along many things that people in China had to endure while playing WoW. The video is well made, over 100 people contributed, funny but also very moving and shows the unbearable situation of young people on the Chinese internet. In the end the authors ask the people to raise their hands against suppression by the authorities. It seems to be discussed all over the Chinese internet right now. I don’t know why it isn’t harmonized yet.

If you have about 1 hour time, you definitely want to watch this.
网瘾战争 – War of internet addiction by 性感玉米 (sexy corn)
Version with English subtitles: youtube.com/watch?v=zHjg65mQJkw
Original Chinese version: v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTQ3MDMwNDQ0.html
A list of cultural references: docs.google.com/View?id=ddp3vkc6_1gxdvjdhm

Unfortunately I don’t have the time to write about the details, but some other people already did. Check this Wallstreet Online article. DigiCha has an article with more references. Kaiser Kuo also commented on “war on internet addiction”. Apart from a moving, well made movie about important Chinese issues, it also offers interesting young language. You might learn some new words. Junjie says: Absolutely worth watching.

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  1. 11 Responses to “WoW players against harmony”

  2. I’ve read an article. Interesting stuff. Maybe a small step for China to become a real PRC.

    By MKL on Feb 13, 2010

  3. MKL,
    that P in PRC also makes me wonder at times. This young internet generation wants more freedom, maybe they can get it.

    for some reason I can’t comment on your blog anymore. It requires me to use a google account or some other account.

    By Hendrik on Feb 14, 2010

  4. Oh yeah, you can comment with your WordPress account, clicl on OpneID instead of Google account and later you sign in. It should work, try it. I disabled anonymous comments temporarily, because of some annoying people and spammers. Once I’m in Taiwan, I will make it as before. ::)

    By MKL on Feb 14, 2010

  5. I don’t have an open id account (neither wordpress nor any other)
    I’ll just wait for a while :D

    By Hendrik on Feb 14, 2010

  6. Oh really? I didn’t know that. Anyway, I decided to open up my comments to everyone, only moderate them on old posts, in case of spamming. I should be fine.

    Have a lovely eve. :)

    By MKL on Feb 14, 2010

  7. Well, not only the P, also the R in PRC is misguiding. A republic should have a democratically elected parliament – which China doesn’t have. But democracy, in my point of view, is indeed not the best political system for a development country.

    By Aremonus on Feb 15, 2010

  8. MKL,
    don’t fight it embrace it ;) A world without spammers would be boring ;) Can’t you install custom anti-spam on blogger? (something like my math question)

    Aremonus,
    I guess no-one needs democracy, if the dictatorship’s aim is to help the people. But such dictatorship is rare.

    By Hendrik on Feb 15, 2010

  9. Junjie, could you put some kind of tracking list for the latest comments on your website? I often change computers and it’s troublesome to always install the RSS feeder^^

    By Aremonus on Feb 16, 2010

  10. Good idea. I’ll put that on the to-do list.

    By Hendrik on Feb 16, 2010

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