Game surges amid Chinese anger

‘MORON XI’: The developer of the Taiwanese-made online game said that an employee had used an image that was not made known to its Chinese publisher

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 25, 2019
By: Staff writer

Sales of Devotion (還願) have been strong, despite a boycott in China over accusations that the Taiwanese-

An image from Devotion, a Taiwanese-made online game, shows an apparent reference to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Winnie the Pooh.  Photo: CNA

developed online game includes an image that mocks Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), Chinese-language online media outlet New Talk reported yesterday.

Devotion is a horror-themed, riddle-based game created and developed by Red Candle Games that was released on Tuesday last week. The first-person game depicts the life of a family shadowed by religious belief in a Taiwanese apartment complex in the 1980s.

However, many in China called it a “Taiwanese independence game” and vowed to boycott it after seeing an image in the game that apparently mocks Xi, with the Chinese characters of his name and Winnie the Pooh displayed in ancient calligraphy style on a charm that Taoists believe exorcises ghosts.

Online game review Web site Spiel Times reported that “Devotion included a poster that said ‘Xi Jinping Winnie the Pooh moron.’”

The company on Wednesday apologized over the image, saying it had removed images in an updated version.    [FULL  STORY]

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