One has to wonder now if there were things taken out of the Cyberpunk 2077 game.
Cyberpunk 2077, a highly-anticipated video game released yesterday, was accused of “insulting China,” and calls went out on Chinese social media for an immediate ban. Yet this common solution for dealing with content considered offensive in the Chinese cyberspace has been met with harsh criticism.
A netizen this week hit the Chinese social media site Weibo with a screenshot of a page on Cyberpunk Wiki, an online encyclopedia for the game, in which Taiwan is described as “,” and complained about Cyberpunk 2077’s supposed support for Taiwanese independence.
“Many people in 2020 consider Taiwan to be a separate state/country from China, however the Chinese government still tries to get Taiwan to be an official territory,” the page wrote. “Taiwan in the modern day is very similar to China except being slightly more developed.”
The story of the game is set in a dystopian future, and the user took issue with the fact that Taiwan and China are two separate countries in such a universe.
“I’m reporting the case of insulting China and I demand a ban on the game,” a user wrote on Weibo, addressing CCTV, People’s Daily, and the Communist Youth League of China, all organizations owned by the Chinese government. “I do not want to see this anywhere.”