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China bans Animal Crossing game after it was used for messages supporting Hong Kong democracy protests

Link Here13th April 2020
Full story: Games censorship in China...A wide range of censorship restrictions
In respect of social distancing, Hong Kong democracy protestors have moved online. And one avenue of protest was via the popular Nintendo Switchgame Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The game allows players to customise their own island with political messages, and then invite others to visit. Examples of customisation include banners that read: Free Hong Kong - Revolution Now. There are also disparaging posts featuring images of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam.

China has inevitably now banned the game and it has been expunged from online market places.

Even Hong Kong sites, which had previously advertised imported copies have now removed those listings. It is not clear, however, whether this is because there has been an intervention by the authorities or whether the sites are self censoring in fear of Chinese reprisals.

Players in mainland China have also customised the game with coronavirus-related content, including face masks for the characters, and islands with temperature checkpoints.



Offsite Article: Violence, gore, porn and boredom...

Link Here12th April 2020
Full story: Film censorship in New Zealand...At the Office of Film and Literature Classification
A day in the life of a New Zealand censor during lockdown

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Japanese game censors don't seem to be able to work from home as the censorship office is closed by lockdown

Link Here8th April 2020
Japan's game censors of the Computer Entertainment Rating Organization (CERO) has announced that it is shutting don for a month as part of a SARS 2 lockdown.

The censors stated that working from home is not possible so there will now be difficulties for games publishers. CERO said that since reviewers must-visit CERO's office to conduct a review, it's not possible for the company's staff and reviewers to work from home.

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