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One of the most delightful oddities of 2018, a year that was at least a million times better than this, was the emergence of Chinese President Xi’s razor-thin skin when it comes to be compared to Winnie the Pooh. This all came to light here in America when John Oliver dove into Chinese political leadership, mentioning the Winnie the Pooh case, and had his name and HBO’s site banned from the Chinese internet. It’s kind of funny until you realize both that it’s a symptom of the horrific restrictions on freedom that the Chinese government has put in place and when you consider that the next two years saw China overload its own thin skin and exert pressure on spineless Western corporations to do its censorship for it. Suddenly, the laughter drops.

Which brings us to GOG, the online video game store run by CD Projekt Red. At 4 a.m. on December 16, Red Candle Games, makers of the well-reviewed horror video game Devotion announced on Twitter that the game would be released on GOG on December 18. At 9:14 a.m. on the same day, GOG announced that the game actually would like do not go out on GOGciting “gamer posts”.

Just so everyone is clear, this tweet is bullshit. Unless the referenced players are dedicated players who also work for the Chinese government. To see, Devotion has something of a story, especially because of everything President Xi and Winnie the Pooh.

Devotion is considered one of the best horror games of the last decade, but it proved controversial. After its spring 2019 release, Devotion was found to contain an unflattering reference to Chinese President Xi Jinping. The discovery sparked an outcry among Chinese gamers, leading to the withdrawal of Chinese distributors, the closure of Red Candle’s account on Weibo, one of China’s largest social media platforms, and the removal of the game from Steam in China. .

Red Candle, which is based in Taiwan, has apologized at length for what it says is a fictional asset, accidentally transferred into the final version. These comments were not enough to stem the backlash, however, and a week after the sale, the developer pulled the game from Steam in all territories to make unspecified fixes. He never came back.

It’s unclear at the time of this writing if Xi’s dig, previously ridiculously blamed on a stock market asset error, was in the version to be released by GOG. Yet, given the Chinese government’s previous panic over the game, that might not even matter. What East clear, however, is that GOG and CD Projekt Red are facing a quick backlash over its decision to deplatform the game, its pathetic attempt to hide the reason for deplatforming, and generally pissing off the bed over the whole issue.

And there are many more after that.

What’s obvious is how big it is from GOG and CD Projekt Red. GOG does not have to have enter into an agreement to publish Devotion on his store, but he did. Once he did, he didn’t to have bow to the altar of Chinese censorship, but he did. Once it did, GOG didn’t to have to try to obscure his reason for doing it in a way that treats his own customers like they’re big idiots, but he did.

And now he has a backlash on his hands, all of his own making.

Filed Under: china, devotion, streisand effect, winnie the pooh, xi jianping

Companies: cd projekt red, gog