The Chinese government doesn't just keep a tight grip on the Internet, it has a firm hold on the games market, as well. So, it doesn't come as a total shock that China just banned Battlefield 4 while pointing an angry finger at publisher Electronic Arts (EA) for pushing content that government officials claim is a threat to national security. But wait, there's more. China also considers BF4 a form of cultural invasion.
Citing a Chinese-language PCgames.com.cn report (the original link appears to have been pulled down), ZDNet says China's Ministry of Culture issued a notice prohibiting all game-related materials regardless of form. That includes news reports, game downloads, patches, demos, etc.
China had already censored the world "ZhandDi4," which means "Battlefield 4," on the country's largest social media site Weibo.com. The game was never officially released in China, though users in China have been posting peer-to-peer download links of BF4 under its English name.
BF4's single-player campaign is set in the year 2020. China is on the brink of war as Admiral Chang plans to overthrow China's government. Should he succeed, he would have support from Russia, bringing China to the brink of war with the United States.
How that translates into a threat to national security is a good question. At the same time, the game has been so buggy since launch, the Chinese government may inadvertently be doing gamers a solid with this move.