China is known as a country that has very strict rules for its citizens. Various rules apply to various sectors, one of which is the video game industry. The video game industry must follow all the procedures and rules if they want their game products to be released in that country. Otherwise, their games will be banned or banned from circulation in China.
On this occasion, Gamebrott will present 7 popular games that were banned by the Chinese government. in their country what popular games are banned by the Chinese government? Come on, let's find out together!
1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The first game I will discuss is Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Who would have guessed that this popular game made by Nintendo could be banned or blocked by the Chinese government.
It turns out that there is a certain reason why this cute and funny game is banned by the Chinese government. The game that was released on March 20, 2020 for Nintendo Switch was once used by players for protests against the Chinese government. This was done by an activist named Joshua Wong from Hong Kong.
He protested in the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons for being one of the easy media to get support. Moreover, the protest action that he carried out in the middle of 2020 was the spread of COVID-19. By protesting in-game, he and his supporters don't have to leave the house.
Apparently this is known by the Chinese government. Not long after the viral action of Joshua Wong in the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Chinese government decided to block this game. This makes gamers unable to buy it from within the country and are forced to buy it from outside.
2. Battlefield 4
Furthermore, there is a war FPS game titled Battlefield 4. A game made by developer DICE which was first released on October 29, 2013 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC platforms also received a ban for circulation in China.
This is because the Battlefield 4 game focuses on war where players will face one of the main enemies of the Chinese military army. In addition, many contexts give a bad impression of China to the world through a game. That's why the Chinese government decided to ban or block the Battlefield 4 game from circulation in their country which happened in 2013.
3. Command & Conquer: Generals
Still around war-themed games, a real time strategy game titled Command & Conquer: Generals made by developer EA Pacific also received a block from the Chinese government.
There are many reasons why the game Command & Conquer: Generals, which was first released on February 10, 2003 for PC, was banned. One of them is on a campaign mission in China, players attack the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center and make it their headquarters. In addition, the popular Tiananmen Square in China was destroyed by a nuclear explosion.
No wonder the Chinese government banned or blocked the game Command & Conquer: Generals because the contents of the game destroyed iconic places in China.
The next popular game that was banned by the Chinese government was a horror game called Devotion. This game developed by developer Red Candle Games was first released on February 19, 2019 for PC and macOS gaming platforms.
Devotion received a strong rebuke from China for slipping a secret message that was unpleasant for the Bamboo Curtain country. The game inserts a message that writes the name of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the name of the character Winnie the Pooh written close together.
If you don't understand the context, let me explain briefly. Since 2013, President Xi Jinping has often been associated with Disney's Winnie the Pooh character on the internet. That's because of the similarities between President Xi Jinping and Winnie the Pooh. Since then, the Chinese government has been adamant not to associate their President with the fictional character and considers Winnie the Pooh's character an insult.
That's why the Chinese government and its citizens are very angry with the secret message in the Devotion game. Red Candle Games has apologized to those who were offended by this.
5. Football Manager 2005
Game manager football genre can not be separated from the blocking of the Chinese government in their country. This happened in the 2005 game Football Manager, which was developed by the developer Sports Interactive, which was released on November 5, 2004 for PC and Mac OS X.
What makes this game blocked by the Chinese government is the context in which Tibet is considered an independent country. In addition to blocking, the Chinese government also gives a strong reprimand to anyone who buys or sells FootballManager 2005 will be fined 3000 Yuan or around Rp. 66 million.
6. I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike
Another war game banned by the Chinese government, namely I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike. FPS stealth game developed by developer Innerloop Studios was released on February 21, 2003 for the PC platform.
I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike was blocked by the Chinese government for violating the country's game distribution regulations. That's because of the mission where the player sneaks into the Chinese military base and steals the information. The Chinese government considers this a bad slander against them.
7. Plague Inc. and Plague Inc. Evolved
And the last on this list is a game made by developer Ndemic Creations titled Plague Inc and Plague Inc Evolved. This game is known as a fictional simulation of how a virus spreads and infects all mankind on earth.
At the beginning of the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, this game suddenly became popular where players entered the name of their virus as COVID-19 or Corona Virus. It turned out that the simulation game for the spread of this virus did not get a positive response from the Chinese government and its citizens.
Developer Ndemic Creations officially announced that they will withdraw the game from circulation in China. This is because the Cyberspace Administration of China asked them to withdraw all circulation of the game and DLC content related to Plague Inc in their country.
That's information about 7 popular games that were banned by the Chinese government in their country. What do you think? Are these games supposed to be blocked in China?