Did China Make Taiwanese Horror Game Devotion Disappear? | China News Headlines

Did China Make Taiwanese Horror Game Devotion Disappear? | China News Headlines

China is outraged by a Taiwanese video game Unexpected side effects to Chinese genetically engineered babies And facial recognition technology— it’s not just for humans anymore! That and more on this week’s China news
headlines. This is China Uncensored. I’m Chris Chappell. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest China news, and click the notification bell so you get an alert each time we publish a new episode. This week’s China news headlines. A video game is causing tensions between China and Taiwan to get… even more tense. This is Devotion, a Taiwanese psychological horror game. You can tell it’s really scary because you have to do math. It’s set in the 1980s, in a creepy run down apartment of a family of religious devotees. And you need to figure out what happened. Speaking of figuring out what happened, people were trying to figure out why the game suddenly disappeared on Steam. That’s a website where you can buy video
games. It has to do with an ancient curse. The ancient curse being China’s plan to
take over Taiwan, by force if necessary. You see, sharp-eyed Chinese gamers spotted
this. Spooky, eh. It’s called a Fulu talisman. Daoist priests would draw talismans to ward off evil spirits or give instructions to spirits. This one is a curse spell. In traditional Chinese culture this is considered very evil. It’s the equivalent of stabbing a voodoo
doll. And this one has written on it, Xi Jinping Winnie the Pooh Moron. Chinese players were not happy. If you don’t know, Xi Jinping has often been compared with the lovable Pooh bear, which oddly makes Xi Jinping, not happy. So Chinese players responded by flooding the
game’s page with thousands of negative reviews. And then at some point, it was taken down from Steam. By the way, Valve, the parent company of Steam, is trying to open a local Chinese version. Though apparently Chinese netizens aren’t
happy about it. They can already access the global version of Steam with a VPN. And they’re concerned that if there’s a separate Chinese version of Steam, it would have all the good games censored. Really?! Well, anyway, after the Devotion game disappeared from Steam, the company that made it wrote a public apology. And they said the game was pulled because of technical issues. Well, I guess in a sense that’s true, since this did cause the game to crash and
burn. Now Red Candle Games is creating a patch that will remove the cursed talisman, but there’s another problem. “Chinese players have downloaded a pirated version of Devotion that couldn’t be patched and still continued to offend Chinese users.” LOL. So yes, US warships just recently sailed through the Taiwan Strait. But it’s a video game that’s really upsetting cross-strait relations. But the youth of China might have a bigger problem to worry about— internet censorship. Of themselves, not of others. This year alone WeChat has blocked more than 40,000 accounts. Pretty good for only two months. And a new target is sang culture. According to Tech in Asia, “It loosely translates to funeral or mourning, but it can also mean hopeless or dispirited.” Working 12 hours a day at a job that won’t even cover rent in Beijing? That’s sang. Weibo has also blocked accounts that “peddle anxiety.” So don’t look to these web platforms as an outlet for your existential angst anymore, Chinese millennials. Because you can’t have Communist Party spirit if you’re so sad. Not to worry though! Teenage angst will soon be a thing of the past in China! Because, well, teenagers may also be a thing of the past. Birth rates are falling in China. Like, a lot. Even though the Communist Party ended the
One Child Policy by implementing a slightly more liberal Two
Child Policy, “There were 15.23 million new births in
2018, down by more than 11 percent from the year
before.” And the downward trend has been going on for a couple of years now. In fact, birth rates started dropping in the
1960s, well before the One Child policy even started. So why was the One Child Policy necessary
in the first place? Good question. China’s overall population growth is slowing, but it hasn’t yet started to actually shrink. But China is rapidly becoming a country of
old people, as birth rates go down and life expectancy
goes up. Now to be fair, old Chinese people can be
amazing. But they’re also not necessarily economically
productive— especially when so much work is still farming or factory work. So this puts more of a burden on those young people who do work. And according to the New York Times, “Should China increase welfare benefits in line with high-income countries— a stated aspiration of the Chinese leadership— [welfare benefits] could take up to 32 percent
of the gross domestic product by 2050.” But hey, it’s the same Communist Party that felt just fine with a One Child Policy that resulted in hundreds of millions of abortions. So I’m sure they could “solve” the problem of too many elderly people with a brand new
snack food that’s truly of the people—Soylent Red. One more reason not to eat food that’s made
in China. So birth rates are down. But there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of genetically engineered super
babies! There were zero a year ago, and now there are two. In November, a Chinese scientist announced he had successfully created GMO babies, which was very against the rules according to Chinese authorities. The scientist behind the experiment, He Jiankui, deleted a gene in the fetus’s DNA. And in doing so, he may have granted the twin girls immunity
to HIV. But there could be another upside, too. According to this MIT Technology review, this may have also enhanced their brains. New research seems to show that removing that
gene not only makes mice smarter, but also improves stroke recovery in humans and has been linked to success in school. So…the genetically modified twins will do better in school because part of their DNA was removed? I feel bad for all of their schoolmates, whose parents will ask them why they didn’t
have their genes illegally edited to be smarter. In other tech news, the Chinese Communist Party has created an unparalleled surveillance state, complete with AI facial recognition technology. So that’s done. What next? Turn it on the pigs! That’s not a slur. I’m being serious. Yes, China is creating “A database of every pig’s face.” Supposedly, it’s to fight swine flu. China has been hit hard by it. So by mapping pigs’ faces and installing voice recognition software, no more swine flu. Wait, I feel like there’s a step missing
somewhere. Supposedly the idea is you’ll be able to
predict if a pig is getting sick. And there are several Chinese companies working on the technology. But a lot of Chinese farmers are skeptical that this technology could even work, saying it won’t happen until pigs can fly. Which has prompted another Chinese tech company to work on a cutting-edge pig aviation app. Speaking of flying pigs, Chinese telecom company Huawei has been on a PR tear, trying to convince other countries that Huawei is a private company that has nothing to do with the Chinese government. Have you ever given any information to the Chinese government in any way, shape, or form? For the past 30 years, we have never done
that, and in the next 30 years to come, we will never do that. And then my favorite state-run media the Global
Times tweeted what looks like a propaganda video of children singing about how much they love
Huawei. Huawei is good Huawei is beautiful Huawei makes me more intelligent Teacher teaches me to love the motherland Made in China cellphone, love Huawei Huawei then came out with a statement that this video was done independently by Chinese netizens who just really love the
company. Because Huawei is a totally private company that has nothing to do with the Chinese government. And finally, relations between China and Canada may not be so hot after Canada detained Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, But things are at least warming up a bit, now that China will be getting its first Tim
Horton’s. And really, isn’t that the best news you’ve
heard all day? And before you go, it’s time when I answer
a question from a fan of the show who supports China
Uncensored on the crowd funding website Patreon. Raunak Chhatwal asks, “I saw an advchina Video where they said
China knows vpns are operating inside the country and are allowing them to exist. Why do you think they’re doing this?” Well you see, the Chinese Communist party worked hard to build the massive system of government surveillance and internet censorship for the good of the people. The Great Firewall of China is there for a
reason— to keep the Chinese internet walled off from the rest of the Internet. But then people just use VPNs to get around
it. So irresponsible. That’s why the Party started a major crackdown
on them. And decided to replace them with state backed
versions. It’s all to create a more harmonious internet, without all the pollution of alternative facts, such as the truth. Another reason is that the regime knows that if it completely blocked VPNs, foreigners and foreign companies wouldn’t
stand for it, and they’d leave China. So they’d rather just let people use VPNs, but only the kind the Chinese government can
control. And maybe monitor. Thanks for your question. So why am I answering questions on the show? It’s because a lot of advertisers don’t
dare to work with a show that criticizes the Chinese Communist
Party. So we rely on support from viewers like you on the crowdfunding website Patreon. Answering your questions on the show is one of my ways of saying thank you. So head over to patreon.com/chinaucnensored to find out how you can keep China, uncensored. Thanks for watching. Once again I’m your host Chris Chappell. See you next time.


100 thoughts on “Did China Make Taiwanese Horror Game Devotion Disappear? | China News Headlines”

  • RisingSunProductions says:

    Excellent video as always China Uncensored team! I am interested in plenty of topics and always love when they intersect, and two of those topics are China and video games. Would love for you guys to do a video on China's influence on the broader gaming market 🙂

  • they allow vpn to work cuz they just cant police everyone doing it, and those doing it arent the usual sheep that can be silenced economically(politically speaking), and they are too many, and they know they would have to eventually make a faraday cage the size of china to block satellite ISPs like the upcoming spacex starlink and so on and so on

    the goal is to keep the masses in check, and so far its doing so admirably well

  • You should have seen the fit they threw over Command and Conquer-Generals…(they seem to find that a nuke being set off in Beijing is offensive in a game)

  • I looks as China wants to repeat history or at least has nothing learnt so far…what a shame. Because truth be told, they could do different, but they don´t want to. Mymy, what a country, what a people … …

  • Mortimer Hasbeengud says:

    At this rate, there will no foreigners in China, and no Chinese nationals in North America, soon.
    The game is no big deal.
    Steam probably will be closed and its parent company be forced out of business too!
    It was nice while it lasted though. But Party leadership tries to kill everything.

  • HangGlideTube says:

    You gotta be kidding – Chinese steal game, CCP complains that stolen game was not to their standards LOL.

  • I wonder if Sang culture is anything similar to "incel" culture? "Lie down and rot" was one of their phrases. Surely, China is full of incels due to the excess of men, from the one child policy. Maybe China is afraid their Sang incels will become terrorists like they allegedly have elsewhere.

  • The Communists are in trouble now, eh? Tim Hortons is the source of all that is happy. After a double-double and a couple crullers, nobody wants to be revolutionary. All they want to do is have a beer and watch the hockey, eh? Pretty soon a restaurant in China will start to serve banquet burgers. (That's a bacon double-cheese burger, in case you don't know.) And then a Beaver Tails will open. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeaverTails And then poutine trucks will start to cruise around Beijing and Shanghai. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poutine And before you know it, people in Guangdo will start to say "ni hao eh?" And then the communists will realize that they're complete hosed.

  • Brandon A. English says:

    Many people in China love to laugh at the jokes about Donald Trump, but as soon as someone says one thing about XJP it blows up. Crazy.

  • Justa LilCynical says:

    Winnie the Pooh is AFRAID of his people and by all rights Winnie SHOULD be afraid of the Chinese people.

  • Prateek Pandey says:

    Hey Chris, why have I stopped getting notification for your new video release even when i have got the notification bell on?

  • I can't believe baby born rates are falling down….many of my colleagues are having their second child or just had him…..on the other hand, I also know a lot of couples who can't afford another baby since education and houses are so expensive here

  • KEK Freedom Heritage says:

    Interesting game. So scary. But you know what else is scary? Answer: Corrupt people who live within web of lies and make false accusations. —- Threats to freedom, to truth, and to free speech continue to grow. Can you smuggle truth into places ruled by lies? Out of necessity, and out of survival in quality life pursuits, many need to seek high quality friends and skills of self determination. Are you prepared when an authority wrongful takes away your right, or when faced with war?

  • Birth rates are going down, is it any surprise, how can you afford to have a child when you cant even afford an apartment for yourself.

  • Strange how Chris Crappie somehow decided to dedicate his life to criticizing Chinese people. Is that what his family knows. I feel embarrassed for his family.

  • Hey Chris I don't get notifications of your videos even though the notification button is turned on. I don't want to put on a tin foil hat but this seems kind of a setup.

  • OOOOH BABY. PUTTING YOUR FUCKING CURSED TALISMAN INTO A FUCKING VIDEO GAME, SON? That's some 21st century fucking VOODOO SON, that's some hyperactive, interactive, online-only EA VOODOO JOOJOO SON. I would not be SURPRISED if China fucked some shit up over this, cause this is some HEAVY… HEAVY… Joojoo Voodoo. Absolutely, son. That's some good shit.

  • You know China is hiding something when they send out the kids to sing a song of them not doing it 😂🤣😂😂

  • If I go over here in the mail count them trying to use reverse psychology on making us vote for hand in Clinton. Trump

  • Hope For the Planet says:

    So it's official…Chinese players of Devotion…are just Batshit crazy .They want Devotion censored…but don't want the Chinese Government to censor it..

  • Hope For the Planet says:

    Population growth has gone down…because of the One Child policies …IN a culture that prefers MALES over FEMALES…ensured that the male population far outstrips the females ….

  • TexanerinLondon says:

    No, that Huawei ad with the children about the "motherland" isn't creepy or resemble North Korean state-sponsored propaganda videos at all….

  • Thanks for giving me every reason too but this game, oh and I’m not going too play it, I just like pissing the Chinese government off

  • joefromravenna says:

    We have never given information…

    Meanwhile the CCP just goes in and out of back door and takes what it wants.

  • LIBERTY for humanity says:

    Remember China will benefit a lot by taking over Taiwan ,just look at Foxconn and many semiconductor companies that China will be able to use to stimulate their economy and strengthen their power supply chain instead of buying from USA, FUCK China GOVERNMENT

  • I watched the whole ad at the end of the video just for u chris, and its an online shop selling chinese knockoffs

  • Clayton Stewart says:

    For those non-Canadians whom may not know, China bought and ruined Tim Hortons. They changed the source of their coffee and instead of being baked fresh are premade frozen doughnuts. (Note: I've heard legends tell of some Tim Hortons that DO still bake their doughnuts and bread. This is probably BS, but these days, hope is far too rare to squander.)

  • 台湾As a child, Taiwan was influenced by the negative news from the mainland, hated the mainland, and foreigners liked to watch China split.

  • Steam works in China but the community tab doesn't work without a VPN.
    A major VPN didn't work for about a week. They work now. This happens sometimes.

  • Nathan Weasley says:

    Too bad for a good game, when a wrong company made a wrong move at a wrong time towards a wrong market….
    This isn't about freedom or politics. I personally don't think the developers didn't see it coming when they let that "easter egg" out.
    Just a bad move.

  • 向你祖母問好 says:

    1. Get salty about sensitive subjects not being censored
    2. Get salty about potential of being censored in a China steam

  • Dissociation Nation says:

    Lol birth rates down in china because it's better to be born as a different nationality. Soon She She Pee will demand property Of CCP to be returned

  • Alan Constantine says:

    Awww look at those happy singing children, yeah they'll be happy right until the point the ccp bulldozers their school because they dont want the poor going to school and since the average family in china is low income that could mean a lot of schools in areas winny the pooh seems as poor and undesirable under his china 2025 vision will be gone forcing families to move away to somewhere where their children can find an education.

  • Another autocrat with thin skin.. big surprise. Fuck Xi Jin Pooh..
    It's the makers of Winnie the Pooh that should be insulted for the comparison. Pooh brings happiness and fond memories while Ping when he's not incarcerating minorities in "reeducation camp" he's leading a nation of sanctioned intellectual property rights thieves.

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