Tencent releases World War III China vs. US video game

(From Popular Science)

By Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer

Game image of Chinese fighters and early warning aircraft

Game image of Chinese fighters and early warning aircraft

Tencent, one of China’s Internet commerce giants, released a chest pumping (but visually accurate) CGI video of a victorious PLA in time for China’s 70th VJ day parade on September 3, 2015. Just like a recent technothriller featuring an unprovoked sneak attack on US soil (ghostfleetbook.com), Tencent’s five minute video begins with a nighttime airstrike on a Chinese air base by a “foreign alliance” (0:11). We then move to morning, where news casts show the Chinese version of Pearl Harbor, where the destroyed “783” Y-20 heavy transport aircraft prototype, amidst smoldering runways, stands in for the USS Arizona (0:39). In a high tech command center, an angry general’s fist slams the table (0:53) before the Chinese counterattack is launched.

Game image of sinking of carrier USS Nimitz

Game image of sinking of carrier USS Nimitz

Long range retaliation quickly follows, military weapons helpfully labelled by Tencent. The video is a menu of the fruits of China’s recent military buildup. DF-15B short ranged ballistic missiles swarm out of their underground bunkers and tunnels(1:10), joining DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles on the road (1:20), while H-6K bombers roar overhead (1:34). A barrage of ballistic and cruise missiles then rain down fury on the OPFOR base (which bears more than a passing resemblance to the US Air Force’s Kadena Air Base on Okinawa). Taxiing F-22A fighters, aircraft hangars and PAC-3 missile defense launchers are obliterated in the rain of fire (2:04, 2:10).

At sea, a shower of shooting stars appears over the enemy navy, centered around a Nimitz class aircraft carrier (2:20). The shooting stars materialize into DF-21D anti-ship warheads, whose hypersonic reentry speed whiz past the missiles and Gatling cannons defending the carrier and its destroyers, smashing the unfortunate warships into clouds of fire and razorblades (2:40). Underwater, a Virginia class nuclear attack submarine (SSN) is defeated (2:50) by a Type 093 SSN (surprisingly not the newer Type 093B). Read more

 



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