- Nov 7, 2017
I think we Should update the site to have Free Hong Kong Banner on the Site to show solidarity with people who are being silenced by Corporations more interested in making China happy than Human Rights.
We should. China's atrocities will be the story of this century. It would be commendable to get out in front of it and show early solidarity.
Rhykker will likely cover it when he does his next news update. Doesn't mean he will speak out against Blizzard's actions but I don't see how he couldn't cover it
Free Hong Kong, Palestine, Yemen, and every country being repressed by a giants power
That's exactly why people are rallying behind Mei.
Besides what was said right above me.
To get Mei banned from Overwatch and, hopefully, get all of Overwatch banned in China. To make sure Blizzard feels the full consequences of cozying up to a regime that does not respect freedom of expression. And, most importantly, to show solidarity with Hong Kong.
In the unlikely event that Blizzard backtracks, it will be because the shareholders had a meeting and they decided the PR hit outside China would be more costly than getting banned within China. They'll dress it up as "doing the right thing" or whatever, but it really just comes down to that simple formula: which choice mitigates more damage.
Taliesin addressed it on stream last night I believe, as well as this morning on Twitter. He is against it, as is Evitel from the look of things.
and yet have released no video on it. They did release a smug "I was right the leak was fake ha ha ha" video tho.
I have not been active here in a few months due to demands of RL and little time to play games, but I just logged inn to say I fully support this.
I never imagined that shitshow would be topped, but here we are.
I was hoping for a meme response but okay. Your point is taken.HARDLY.
Yes, Anthem was a disaster. Yes, it was a poor game. Yes, it had issues.
But there's bad gameplay, bad releases, bad loot progression....
... And then there's THIS.
A disappointing game is nothing compared to a huge video game company openly siding with a tyrannical regime and harshly punishing one of their players for advocating for basic human rights.
This has become an international incident where even bipartisan condemnation from politicians is being hurled at them and countries across the globe are condemning their behavior.
This is beyond the pale and indefensible. It showed that all of Blizzard's "core values" are just lip-service and pure hypocrisy. It's BEYOND embarrassing and shameful, and they need to be dragged for this - now and forever. This is appalling and they deserve every bit of backlash being levied against them.
Those other countries aren't a threat to eroding freedom of speech globally which is what the Chinese arm of influence is trying to do. That is what sets the China problem apart from other suffering countries.
I don't know which one is worse (hard to compare, they're both absolutely 100% horrendous on many, but different, levels), but fuck if these two haven't singlehandedly turned this year into the worst ever for videogames in decades. :(