Today on the net, a new video game developed by the Chinese army. The World Bank’s campaign against domestic violence in Brazil. And drone owners now have their very own social network.
Chinese army-designed video game lets players fight Japan
Defend the Diaoyu islands from the Japanese ; this is one of the mission featured on « Glorious Mission One », a war game released to the public on Thursday to mark the 86th anniversary of the founding of China’s People’s Liberation Army. Developed in collaboration with the military, the game which is available for free download, sees players fight virtually alongside Chinese armed forces on a group of islands, known as Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan. Beijing and Tokyo have been in a longstanding and heated dispute over this territory, with both countries claiming sovereignty.
« Glorious Mission » was launched in 2011 and up until now was a simulation program used to train new recruits in the Chinese military and involved moving up the ranks by fighting the American enemy.
The game shows off China’s increasingly modern military equipment; the country has seen a mounting military budget in recent years. It also features a computer generated version of the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier which went into service last year and is a great source of national pride.
The game’s developers say that it will, more than anything, boost military recruitment by making young people understand the importance of defending their country. And it’s already proving pretty popular as so far two million web users have registered to download this propaganda video game.
Brazil: web campaign against domestic violence
The « Real men don’t beat women » campaign was launched in Brazil a few months ago by the World Bank, with the participation of a number of Brazilian women’s rights groups, to challenge men to show their solidarity and help combat the scourge of domestic violence. The Ministry of Home Affairs has presented statistics showing every four minutes a woman is killed by domestic violence in Brazil. 26
The awareness campaign is being run essentially via social networks, where web users and men in particular, are encouraged to speak out against domestic violence by posting photos of themselves holding a sign bearing the campaign slogan “I’m a real man”. Many have joined the movement, as illustrated by these scores of photos shared by men of all ages on the campaign’s Facebook page and also on Instagram.
And Brazilian netizens are also using Twitter to promote the campaign and urge their fellow citizens to unite against domestic violence in Brazil. Some are saying that online campaigning is a start, but more needs to be done to bring about real change. The best way to do this they say is to report any cases or suspicions of domestic violence to the authorities, using the dedicated helpline, and dialing 180.
Now trending on social networks
Canadian web users have been posting under the hashtag #JusticeForSammy, following the death of Sammy Yatim. The 18 year old was shot dead by police in Toronto last week as he walked towards an empty streetcar brandishing a knife. Amateur video footage shows police fired nine shots. Countless Toronto residents have since taken part in a vigil to honour his memory and protests against the disproportionate violence used by the police.
Dronestagram, a social network for drone photographers
Drones are no longer reserved for the military only. The civilian drone market is literally soaring, as we can see in these magnificent shots taken from drone mounted cameras the world over. Photos which have been compiled on the site Dronestagram, a new platform launched by French blogger Eric Dupin, who describes it as a social network for drone owners to share their artistic portraits and incredible landscapes captured using their personal vehicles.
Video of the day
This video features the World Football Freestyle Champion Andrew Hendersen, pull off one amazing trick and move after another in a selection of well-known spots across London. Impressive stuff indeed, this clip will no doubt be a hot with football fans everywhere.