Chinese backlash against Taiwanese game "Devotion" Mar 7, 2019 12:30:26 GMT -5
Post by Woody Alien on Mar 7, 2019 12:30:26 GMT -5
The game "Devotion" by Red Candle Games (the makers of "Detention", to which this game is sort of a spiritual sequel) was removed by Steam just a few days after it came out, February 19, because of a hidden meme that mocked China's president. But there's a bit more than that.
The game gained a good success among Chinese players and streamers, until someone found out among the game's files the image of a poster that represented a talisman: on it there was written "Ji Xinping Winnie the Pooh", because apparently people think that the two look similar and he is very offended by that comparison, to the point of censoring every mention of the character.
Anyway some people didn't think much about that, but others were very offended (since the history between China and Taiwan is still contentious) and started first seeing and reporting various instances of anti-Chinese elements that weren't really there (or at least I read that they were made-up) and then started review-bombing the game.
Devotion fell from 95% positive reviews to 40% in a single day, and removing the offending image and apologizing wasn't enough for Red Candle; the backlash continued and so they were forced to remove the game and every mention of it from Steam, plus every video of it on Youtube.
This mostly because according to the users the game's producer has a pro-Taiwan political view on his social media and they think he used the game as a tool to spread anti-Chinese ideas among those Chinese who liked his efforts, so they're trying to get it banned apparently... ironically their earlier game Detention was about a regime and all the lies, violence and misinformation that came with it.
Here's a very detailed timeline of what happened, with both the Taiwanese perspective and Chinese perspective on what happened, plus a neutral stance on the whole incident: www.spieltimes.com/original/xi-jinping-winnie-the-pooh-in-devotion-the-taiwanese-perspective-the-chinese-perspective-the-neutral-ground/
An Eurogamer article with lots of comments from new users that popped out of nowhere: www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-02-23-chinese-users-review-bomb-steam-horror-hit-devotion-over-xi-jinping-winnie-the-pooh-moron-meme#comments
I'm sad that I didn't but the game as soon as it came out since it's no more available for the moment, and all this situation is kinda worrying because it's yet another example of a situation that is blown out of proportion thanks to social media and political propaganda. What is going to happen next to the game and Red Candle?