Well, it looks like China is at it again. Nintendo’s latest hit game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, allows players to decorate their own island and even invite other players to visit. One player, Joshua Wong, who is a Hong Kong democracy activist, took his protest into the game. In Twitter, he posted a banner for his island which says “Free Hong Kong, revolution now”. As expected, China has now banned the game and halted its sales within its borders.
Since the viral tweet, Chinese game stores have taken off the game, including online stores. According ro Reauters, some vendors in are “trying to circumvent the crackdown by directing potential buyers towards listings that sell the game without using its title in the description”. And to note, players in China can’t access the international version unless they bought a foreign edition copy off of Pinduoduo and Taobao.
Wong said that the image above is indeed his island, and even updated it portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping and World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom at a funeral simulation with a sign saying “Wuhan pneumonia”. “This is what we do in #AnimalCrossing … maybe it’s why these people are so anxious to go back to the game!!” he said on Twitter.
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