Fantasy Westward Journey

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Fantasy Westward Journey (simplified Chinese: 梦幻西游; traditional Chinese: 夢幻西遊; pinyin: Mèng Huàn Xī Yóu) is a MMORPG developed and run by NetEase. The game is the most popular online game in China as of May 2007 by peak concurrent users (PCU), with a peak count of 1.5 million.[1] Registered users reached 25 million by April 2005,[2] with 576,000 peak concurrent players on 198 game servers, considered the fastest growing online game in China at the time.[2] Average concurrent users was reported in August 2006 to be around 400,000.[3] The game uses the same engine as Westward Journey II with a distinctively different graphical style. Both games are inspired by the Chinese novel Journey to the West.

In 2006 July, the administrators dissolved a 700-member anti-Japanese guild, and locked the account of its founder for having an anti-Japanese user name. A mass protest took place in the game days later on July 7, the anniversary of the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War, with up to 80,000 users joining the online protest on one of the servers.[4]

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  1. ^ China Analyst - News and Insights on U.S.-Listed Chinese Stocks: Ranking of Top 10 Online Games in China and Its Implications
  2. ^ a b Xinhua. "夢幻西遊"搭車"動感地帶" 網遊結盟中移動. Apr 6, 2005. (Chinese)
  3. ^ if:book: controversy in a MMORPG
  4. ^ WORLDBEAT - Chinese take anti-Japan protest online - Network World

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