“Animal Crossing is fast becoming a new way for Hong Kong protesters to fight for democracy!” Joshua Wong, the infamous leader of the Hong Kong independence group Demosisto, wrote in a very defiant voice over his Twitter platform last week.
The best-selling game worldwide Nintendo Switch is currently number one in several countries, attracting millions of users for its creative platform and spaces for total user creativity as it allows players to make their own worlds inside the game itself.
The recent Corona outbreak has led many to devote their time into the game, some even changing it into a platform to sound their voices. And it seems that the world did notice, with heavy figures in the movement like Wong actively lauding the efforts made.
Henceforth, it may be of no wonder that the Chinese government has issued a ban on the game to be imported within mainland China, and the central board of censorship in China is heavily reviewing the possible curb of the effects that might take place were it to be sold within the homeland.
Now, even imports from direct shipping abroad has been removed, leaving absolutely no spaces for the novel game plus platform to take the minds of China and captivate them in their quarantine as well.
Although there has been no official explanation clearly backing up the justification for the ban, both the Chinese government and Nintendo is yet to comment clearly on the issue.
Some Hong Kong players in the game has mastered their prowess in their own playing making simulated worlds that display the slogans of “Free Hong Kong Revolution Now” or portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam hung with very sensuous and embellished remarks.
Just before the outbreak, Hong Kong protesters were piling on to the streets to protest their anti-government sentiments.
“After the outbreak of coronavirus, it was difficult to organise physical gatherings,” Mr Wong has mentioned, “With a new game out, we can have virtual protests and we just have to use our creativity to make a new kind of protest tool.”
This is not the first of their attempt in creating a cyberspace protest, and it is yet to be seen whether such protests will work in the foreseeable future amid the chaos brought by the pandemic.
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