Red Games Are Patriotic Communist Games That Always Have China Winning

Red Games Are Patriotic Communist Games That Always Have China Winning

Chances are when you hear “China”, you immediately think of communism, Tiananmen Square and Chairman Mao.

Well, those three things don’t really scream video games, but in China they are an important part of China’s video gaming history. Chairman Mao and his vision of China a red China has influenced a genre of video games in China called the “red game”.

Within China this special genre of game often called the “patriotic” or red game. The point of these red games is to entertain, educate, and in more ways than one indoctrinate the players about the virtues of China and the communist party.

Characteristically a red game usually takes place from the World War II era to the Korean War. There are very few that are based on the modern era. The player usually takes control of a cadre in the Chinese army; said character would never be seen bleeding or dying. In fact, in red games the character can never lose, especially to American and Japanese forces. The Japanese are often times painted as villains in red games, especially ones that deal with World War II.

According to Yu Yi, an analyst with Analysys International, red games are a historical part of video gaming in China, but they only makes up a small per cent of Chinese games in general.

“The Chinese gaming market is made up of three major categories: the martial arts fantasy, historical fantasy and red games,” said Yu. “However with more and more multiplayer online games now, red games are seeing a decline in popularity.”

Yu says that the average age of red game players tend to be older than conventional gamers and are more conservative.

“These types of games, just like historical dramas about the revolution, give these older players a sense of nostalgia,” said Yu. “It allows them to think back into a simpler time when everyone had a purpose good or bad.”

While red games are popular with a small demographic of gamers, the truth is that red games now are mostly kitschy and meant as parody. Companies making iPhone and Android apps use cute versions of the red guard as characters to make their games more China-centric. Yu says that these types of games often lack substance and are looking to just draw the eye.

One of the most high profile red games announced in recent memory is the Glorious Mission, China’s own home made FPS. In the Glorious Mission, the players will play as the Chinese army and conduct modern missions, kind of like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare .


  • I can definitely understand them making the Japanese villains in these games, how Japanese soldiers treated Chinese captives and civilians in the second world war was pretty horrendous.

    • Precisely … the way the person writing this article portrays this suggestion makes me think they’re unaware of the tens of millions the Japanese killed in China during their brutal occupation of Manchuria and participation in the civil war. This, not Chairman Mao or Tiananmen Square are what I think of when I think of China. The great sacrifice that China made to help slow and suck away at the strength of the rising sun so that us white people could go in there and claim all the glory.

      • I tend to think of the current communist government and the many questionable policies that have tainted China. I have friends that had to leave the country to avoid persecution. Every country has its demons and angels in the closet.

      • I tend to think of the tens of millions of people who starved in 1958 because Mao cared more about getting with Stalin (who hated him btw) than his own people.

      • I’m sorry bro but China isn’t some simple giant the Japs pillaged in WW2, Chinese have plenty of blood on their hands as well, all super powers are far from innocent.

    • Yup, agree with you. I’d like to play a game where some other country saves the day.

      Anyone remember operation desert storm from back in the day. I don’t see how this is a problem.

  • Red games are one genre in China that make up a small part of Chinese games and are not all that popular anyway. Mean while in the rest of the world, China included, the stars and stripes games penetrate all genres of gaming and are hugely popular with all gaming demographics.

  • How is this any different from Call of Duty? For fucks sale Black Ops ended with the stars and stripes flying in the wind, over a fleet of American war ships, all it was missing was the audio file, “Urmerica, Fuck Yeah! Gunna save the mother fucking day yeah!”

  • no one is innocent period this is just propaganda patriotic bullshit that every country will do, the end.

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