Devotion to the "public interest"
July 22, 2019 7:47 AM   Subscribe

China forced one horror game publisher to close, but the whole region felt it (Rock Paper Shotgun). Devotion, a highly-rated Taiwanese horror game launched in February was discovered to contain off-handed derisive references to China’s President, Xi Jinping. A firestorm of criticism ensued, and its effects are still smouldering...
posted by adrianhon (4 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

It's a shame. I watched a streamer named CohhCarnage play through this in the brief time that it was available, and it was a layered and creepy story. (Also surprisingly graphic near the end, so if you do decide to watch it, be warned.)
posted by Monster_Zero at 12:24 PM on July 22, 2019

This is so sad. I guess they're trying to wait for the media storm to die down, but I hope Red Candle re-releases Devotion eventually.

The problem with Chinese netizens is that you're never sure who's a legit person commenting with their own opinions and who's a member of the fifty-cent army (government-backed internet trolls). I could totally believe that they'd review-bomb anyone who dared to support Red Candle.

One thing that the article didn't mention is that along with sex, violence and ghosts, China is vociferously against any kind of LGBT content. There was the danmei writer jailed for self-publishing gay novels, and Weibo almost banned LGBT content this year (fortunately, there was enough pushback that they had to stop).
posted by storytam at 3:41 PM on July 22, 2019 [3 favorites]

Earlier this year, the PRC ordered a Chinese printing company to destroy the completed print run of an RPG book.
posted by Zed at 10:32 AM on July 23, 2019

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