Guilty Gear – Strive – The tradition of censors mentioning Taiwan, China extending to Tibet, Uyghurs and more


Arc System Works updated the lore to Guilty Gear -To Endeavor- deletion of the reference to Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghurs; so many controversial elements for Chinese players.

The change was spotted by “AAK” on ResetEra, who in turn discovered it on the Steam forums. A recent update to the game – around June 22 – apparently changed one of the game’s glossaries on the history of the series. You can find the screenshots here.

The glossary section concerns “International affairs after the crusades; “ a hundred year war between mankind and the man-made magical creatures called Gears.

Originally, the glossary notes that after the Crusades, countries with a high population density and a tendency to import food could not solve their problems only with energy; notably Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

China also extended its borders around this time to encompass Uyghurs (also spelled Uyghurs, and in real life that would be the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region), Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Mongolia, and Siberia. This reduced their native races and tribes with the influx of Chinese. China has also extended its territorial waters.

At least one Chinese user on Steam had discussed the glossary entry and shared the screenshot via the Steam community. Translation (via DeepL) and upload date (June 11) would say the screenshot was prior to the update; but the reviews praise and lament the original segment.

It should be noted that some were able to oppose it to obtain “social credit”. In short; Social credit in China grants benefits to “good citizens” (access to better schools for your children) and restrictions to “bad citizens” (publicly appointed and humiliated, or banned from using public transport).

The updated segment removes the reference to Korea, Taiwan and Singapore; mentioning only “Countries and regions of Asia”. While the Chinese expansion has remained, he only mentions that they encompassed “Neighboring regions”.

While it is surprising that the censorship has not already been done with the Chinese version of the game, it was probably carried to the international versions after the outcry from Chinese users having access to these versions, or the outcry over the only version. Chinese. This is not the first case that game companies – or the media in general – are modifying the content of international versions to quell the outcry according to Chinese censors.

With China somewhat hailed by economists and investors as a very lucrative market, many media companies have attempted to censor their own works to allow their sale under China’s strict laws within their borders. Likewise, Chinese game companies tend to obey these laws, even with international releases.

Genshin Impact, from Chinese developer miHoYo, has censored any mention of Hong Kong or Taiwan in the in-game chat. Along with the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, the Chinese government‘s “one-China policy” refuses to recognize either. other like independent states.

The biggest “Chinese uproar” story of recent times is Hololive Vtuber Kiryu Coco’s “graduation”. After being suspended for several weeks due to the reference to Taiwan as a country, the harassment continued long afterward.

The Chinese branch of Hololive was eventually disbanded, leading many to believe that Cover Corp had sided with Kiryu. However, many still suspect that Kiryu was ousted to prevent the harassment from spreading to other Vtubers and to re-enter the Chinese market.

Most recently, voice actress Ai Kayano was pulled from Azur Way, and his credit in The Knights, after the outcry from Chinese players over his visit to Yasukuni Shrine. The shrine is dedicated to those who died in the service of Japan, from civilians to the military, including 1,068 who were convicted of war crimes during World War II.

Previously, 18 ship daughters were removed from the Chinese version of Azure way with bunny costumes and an event of Honkai Impact 3rd; with suspicion that this was due to the Chinese government‘s crackdown on obscene content in mobile games.

GOG also announced that it will not be blacklisting Chinese horror games Devotion, hours after the developer said he would. The game is now available through the developer’s website.

Past outcry has included Activision censoring a trailer for Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War using footage of the Tiananmen Square protests, Capcom censoring the Japanese flags of Hong Kong and Rising Sun in Capcom Arcade Stadium, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons was reportedly banned in China due to Hong Kong Protest members who shared their post.

2019 saw Blizzard Entertainment suspend a proFireplace player for his support for Hong Kong, lay off the casters and the overall mismanagement of the whole debacle. Even U.S. Senators wrote to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick condemning the move.

Blizzard Entertainment eventually released a statement, revealing that they returned Blitzchung’s confiscated money and reduced its suspension time. Additionally, roulette shooting was canceled, becoming a ban instead.

The statement also claimed that “relations in China had no influence on our decision. Our report on Blizzard’s finances at the time showed that they made less than 13% of their total profits in the Asia-Pacific region.

You can find similar stories in our China and Censorship tags below, or in the links we just mentioned.

it is not the first time Guilty Gear -To Endeavor- was charged with censorship. Directors Daisuke Ishiwatari and Akira Katano insisted in a recent interview that they had not censored the character I-No; But “a change of expression to make the game more accessible to more people.” The same interview also discussed how several game mechanics were changed to be as enjoyable for as many people as possible.

Guilty Gear -Strengthening- is available on Windows PC (via Steam), PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

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