China's latest craze: Scripted murders, with real tears and piracy

The game genre's growing popularity has sparked some concerns from Chinese government officials about the sometimes gothic or gory content.
The game genre's growing popularity has sparked some concerns from Chinese government officials about the sometimes gothic or gory content.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (NYTIMES) - The murders are scripted. The money is real.

In cities throughout China, young people are flocking to clubs to play a game that can be translated as "scripted homicide", in which they become different characters and spend hours solving fake murders.

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