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    • Avatar Doctor Jay
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      Honestly, that sounds like something that’s also happening in New York, in Italy, in England, and elsewhere. But they aren’t banning Animal Crossing in Italy.Report

    • Avatar Marchmaine
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      And still pretty obviously false figures…

      Like they realized that the effort to “appear” better than Western peers was overly optimistic about how the west would handle it so they’re stuck with impossible numbers that they can’t even revise upwards to merely “implausible” numbers. Oh well, China isn’t a data point.Report

      • Avatar InMD
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        They definitely shouldn’t be treated as one.

        I can’t help seeing it as another problem we won’t be able to do anything about due to our own navel gazing. I’m usually a pretty dove-ish person but there ought to be consequences for what they’ve allowed to happen. Closing their wet markets ought to be on the (long) list of conditions for keeping anything resembling normal trade relations in place.Report

  1. Avatar Al Perdue
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    The question is why. What are they afraid of?Report

    • Avatar Marchmaine
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      “What are they afraid of?”

      Meddling in their politics via propaganda.Report

    • Avatar Doctor Jay
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      My read between the lines is that people were using customization features in Animal Crossing to create political messages of protest against the government. And this is a no-go for said government.

      I mean, you can make a map that spells out “Xi Sucks!” or the equivalent in Chinese characters. And so on. I think that’s why this is happening.Report

  2. Avatar Damon
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    This isn’t new…maybe in magnitude and format, but when I spent 3 weeks in China the only people I spoke to were “sanctioned” to speak to use. One man we met, who had been relocated due to the 3 georges dam was “definitely part of the communist party” per our western guide. I’m sure anyone we spent more than 30 seconds interaction was keeping the official line. This doesn’t seem much different.Report

  3. Avatar veronica d
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    This should be the real Gamers Rise Up, but like not ironically.

    (Nothing will happen, of course, as western gamers can’t do shit about this and Chinese gamers would be killed, so anyway.)Report

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