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Latest World of Warcraft Expansion Blocked In China

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the mourn-the-farmers dept.

Censorship 165

The Opposable Thumbs blog reports that World of Warcraft's most recent expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, is not being allowed into the Chinese market. The Escapist brings further details, saying, "According to an insider, two specific shortcomings included the presence of skeleton characters and a 'city raid.' Nor did the submitted version contain the starting area for the game's new Death Knight class." The Chinese version of World of Warcraft has been modified in the past to remove skeletons and zombies.

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WTF? (4, Funny)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 5 years ago | (#27163775)

WTF? So what did they replace the whole plaguelands, undercity, Tirisfal, and Silverpine with? Evil Tibetans? ;)

Re:WTF? (4, Informative)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27163841)

My wife is Malaysian Chinese. The Chinese are a bit weird about death. They avoid the number 4 (sounds like death in Mandarin). They avoid cemeteries. For them, death is kind of a shameful thing. Not to be discussed in public.

Re:WTF? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27163857)

If we combine chinese and US censorship, will there be anything left?

Re:WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27163903)

If we combine chinese and US censorship, will there be anything left?

Probably Jonas Brothers.

Re:WTF? (1)

Sebilrazen (870600) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164495)

If we combine chinese and US censorship, will there be anything left?

Probably Jonas Brothers.

If I were a young girl I'd probably feel a tingle in my "giney."

Re:WTF? (1)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164153)

The Great Firewall of Kevin Rudd, probably. :(

Re:WTF? (3, Funny)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164715)

If we combine chinese and US censorship, will there be anything left?

There goes my concept of a game with devil worshiping big breasted skeletons... Back to the drawing board.

Re:WTF? (4, Funny)

bsane (148894) | more than 5 years ago | (#27165205)

There goes my concept of a game with devil worshiping big breasted skeletons... Back to the drawing board.

I know you've probably never felt any breasts (this being slashdot and all), but to the best of my knowledge they don't have bones.

Re:WTF? (4, Funny)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166179)

There goes my concept of a game with devil worshiping big breasted skeletons... Back to the drawing board.

I know you've probably never felt any breasts (this being slashdot and all), but to the best of my knowledge they don't have bones.

Given my target customers, you can trust me, this is completely irrelevant.

Re:WTF? (1)

ockegheim (808089) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166231)

And yet the female undead are stacked. One of Azeroth's enduring mysteries.

Re:WTF? (2, Informative)

Adriax (746043) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166695)

/silly on a female undead character, cycle through till you get your answer.

Re:WTF? (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166839)

Taxes.

Re:WTF? (3, Funny)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164167)

So you mean that gothic kids are taken seriously there ?

Re:WTF? (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164449)

That doesn't make a lot of sense, because goths are generally obsessed with death, they don't avoid discussing it.

Only if they wear white (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 5 years ago | (#27165431)

Only if they wear white ;)

Re:WTF? (3, Insightful)

kinnell (607819) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164211)

I can imagine a similar response by many western governments if naked characters were actually naked, with visible genitalia

Re:WTF? (1)

Kharny (239931) | more than 5 years ago | (#27165237)

many western countries nowadays equals the USA?

most european countries have no laws against nakedness as such, except if it is pornographic.

Re:WTF? (1)

MisterCIA (1411255) | more than 5 years ago | (#27165317)

They may not have laws against it, but they tend to be just as anal about censoring the "naughty bits" as any southern baptist preacher.

Re:WTF? (1)

gibson_81 (135261) | more than 5 years ago | (#27165615)

many western countries nowadays equals the USA?

most european countries have no laws against nakedness as such, except if it is pornographic.

This might just be because we Swedes are prudes, but it is actually illegal to walk around naked in a public place here. I can't say what it's like in other European countries but I believe that public nudity is generally illegal, with special "nude beaches" and suchlike thrown in here and there.

Re:WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27165739)

That's the problem with the US. ANYTHING related to sex, nudity, etc... people try to censor. They want to get rid of nude beaches, pornography, sex education, anything more than a 2sec kiss in a TV show.

The US is a sad sad country where you can see people getting killed, dismembered, and disected but one flash of someones genetalia and call the police.

Re:WTF? (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166095)

I think the definition of "nudity" varies though. In particular, IIRC a woman with her chest exposed is not considered to be "nude" in many parts of Europe. In the US, she most certainly will be, and will almost certainly be arrested. Now, past that point there actually has been some *legal* precedent set that since men can bare their breasts in public that women can too, but that generally doesn't reflect the *cultural* views of society.

Re:WTF? (2, Insightful)

Zebedeu (739988) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166469)

Methinks you have the wrong idea about Europe.

While it is true that in some countries you can see naked women (as in, bare breasts, not genitalia) in advertising in broad daylight and afternoon tv, I've yet to see anyone with their tits out in public, and I've been basically everywhere in Europe. I'm no lawyer, but I think it's illegal everywhere here.

Exception made to the fore-mentioned nude beaches and parks.

Basically, restirctions to nudity are more relaxed here than in the US, but they still exist. On the other hand, violence is more strictly controled here, specially in the central germanic countries. Though I must say that if I had to choose between blood and tits, I'd rather take the second :-)

Re:WTF? (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166793)

All beaches in Europe are nude beaches..... or there might be special 'clothed-beaches' certainly throughout Italy I've seen topless women. But that might just mean that we Italians are sluts.

Re:WTF? (1)

Zebedeu (739988) | more than 5 years ago | (#27167629)

I'd say all beaches in Europe are topless beaches, but I'm not sure if you can drop everything. Maybe you can do it, but at least it's not common where I've been.

There are nudist beaches, though, where you *must* be nude. Usually they are on less populated areas of a normal beach, but I've never seen any clear frontiers between the two.

Re:WTF? (2, Funny)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166929)

Though I must say that if I had to choose between blood and tits, I'd rather take the second :-)

I'm from Hallmark, a leading world-wide manufacturer of greeting cards. Could I speak to you about perhaps doing some copywriting for our Valentine's Day collection?

Re:WTF? (1)

andi75 (84413) | more than 5 years ago | (#27167209)

> While it is true that in some countries you can see naked women (as in, bare breasts, not genitalia) in advertising in broad daylight and afternoon tv, I've yet to see anyone
> with their tits out in public, and I've been basically everywhere in Europe.

That's probably because you've been there in Winter. It's not fun to walk around bare breasted through the snow. Come back in summer, and visit any recreational areas (parks / lakesides etc.).

I guess if you'd walk around (half) naked at a shopping mile and walked into the autorities, you'd probably kindly get asked to get dressed please, not arrested.

Re:WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27165303)

Naked characters are only allowed so long as they are blue and the only good part involves an interesting psycho with a very cool ink blot mask.

Re:WTF? (1)

AxemRed (755470) | more than 5 years ago | (#27167411)

I don't think the reaction would be quite the same. Many people would complain, and the game would get a M or, more likely, an AO rating. Nothing would directly prevent its sale though.

Re:WTF? (1)

mweather (1089505) | more than 5 years ago | (#27167983)

An M or an AO ensures Walmart won't sell the game, which ensures no publisher will touch it. That would pretty much prevent it's sale. Sure, it may not be illegal to sell, but that's little consolation.

On the other hand (1)

jspoon (585173) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164345)

On the other hand, they have movies like Mr Vampire. That movie is crazy. I'm trying to think though, and of the Chinese movies involving ghosts and spirits and stuff I don't recall an skeletons. Chinese Ghost Story had some seriously anorexic claymation zombies if I remember right, I bet they were censored.

Re:On the other hand (3, Interesting)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164383)

All the Chinese movies with ghosts in my experience present the ghost a bit like in the Sixth Sense. As an intact body but not with the same behaviour as a living person. Of course the special effects are cheaper that way ;)

Re:On the other hand (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166119)

Cheaper, but I'd argue that they're more scary that way too. Depending on just how "different" they can make them look though. Still, that woman in the kitchen on Sixth Sense was certainly more scary than some walking skeleton a la "Jason and the Argonauts".

Re:WTF? (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | more than 5 years ago | (#27165149)

> The Chinese are a bit weird about death.

Denial doesn't make it go away.

--
How can you even understand Life if you don't even understand what happens after Death?

Re:WTF? (1)

batquux (323697) | more than 5 years ago | (#27165425)

Wait, so you can't die in the chinese version of the game?

Anonymous Coward (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27163779)

Read the article...
"Chinese players of World of Warcraft, a hugely popular online role-playing game, have expressed outrage after their 'undead skeleton' characters were suddenly clad in new flesh, apparently in order to comply with a secret government ban on bare bones."

Rule 34 on zombies? (0, Troll)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#27163819)

OUTRAGE over the loss of naked skeletons in the game? Is this some new expansion of rule 34 beyond the grave?

This is it... (4, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 5 years ago | (#27163805)

The one liberty that they shouldn't have messed with.
There will be a real life city raid (bloody revolution in Beijing), and China will be a democracy by May.

Re:This is it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27163851)

Sadly the mentality in China is that the government knows best, and that obviously if they refuse to approve a version of WoW, it is in the people's best interest.

Re:This is it... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27166635)

Sadly the mentality in China is that the government knows best, and that obviously if they refuse to approve a version of WoW, it is in the people's best interest.

Sadly the mentality in the US is that the government knows best and if they invade another country its in the best interests of national security. See I also can throw out a random unsubstantiated generalization about a group numbering millions (billions in the case of China)

Re:This is it... (0, Offtopic)

BlackSnake112 (912158) | more than 5 years ago | (#27167145)

Previous administration: We are doing _____ to protect the US security.

Current administration: We are doing _____ to build up the economy and create jobs.

Fill in the blanks with what ever you want. Either way it really looks like abuse of power by both administrations. Too bad most people do not see that.

I don't think they (1)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 5 years ago | (#27163923)

want their citizens driving tanks which is something you can do in WOW now. Let alone tanks in a square running over other people.

That is to be reserved for the Loyal People's Soldier and Responsible Government Employees.

Re:This is it... (4, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164247)

There will be a real life city raid (bloody revolution in Beijing), and China will be a democracy by May.

Never happen. Gold farmers can't go into the sunlight, they'll burst into flames.

Re:This is it... (1)

Jurily (900488) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164857)

There will be a real life city raid (bloody revolution in Beijing)

Everyone knows you won't have a succesful raid without tanks [wikipedia.org] .

Reminds me of my childhood (4, Interesting)

microbee (682094) | more than 5 years ago | (#27163817)

I am a Chinese. When I was young (~1988), at one time they banned a very popular TV series from Hongkong because, rumor had it, there were skeletons in it.

The funny thing was it wasn't even the first time it was aired on TV. It had been broadcasted nationwide many years ago already.

Anyway, there are always a lot of stupid people in the government. Not news anymore.

Re:Reminds me of my childhood (1)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 5 years ago | (#27163865)

What exactly is the problem with skeletons?
I'm guessing it's something to do with superstition of ancestor worship.

Fear not! Skeletons would make lousy human rights campaigners. Their lack of skeletal muscle...or actually any muscle renders their opposable thumbs useless.

Re:Reminds me of my childhood (4, Insightful)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27163895)

What exactly is the problem with skeletons?

It is a problem with death generally. Its a bit like in western culture there are things people prefer not to discuss in polite company like what you do in the toilet but in other cultures people are more open.

Re:Reminds me of my childhood (1)

LizardKing (5245) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164251)

there are things people prefer not to discuss in polite company like what you do in the toilet

Things you do in the toilet? Like read the paper while having a crafty cigarette? What's so offensive about that?

Re:Reminds me of my childhood (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27164723)

I can actually vouch for this one. Friend of mine's family is all chinese, and let's just say some of their nicknames involve more #2 than you can shake a stick at.

I wish I were joking, I'm not.

Re:Reminds me of my childhood (1)

arekusu_ou (1344373) | more than 5 years ago | (#27167089)

Yeah, you can keep the potty talks to yourself man. South Park has done it to death.

Re:Reminds me of my childhood (0)

PetriBORG (518266) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164611)

You clearly haven't played through this last expansion yet because there are at least half a dozen poop collecting or toilet quests to go through. I thought the outhouse quest quite disgusting myself.

Re:Reminds me of my childhood (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 5 years ago | (#27165539)

It is a problem with death generally. Its a bit like in western culture there are things people prefer not to discuss in polite company like what you do in the toilet but in other cultures people are more open.

I dunno about Europe and Canada, but in US culture we do talk about what we do in the toilet in polite company.

But seriously.... Is there a goth scene in China? And I really understand why the Japanese freak the Chinese out since the majority of the modern and historical culture is based around spirits, ghosts, and the vengeful dead.

Re:Reminds me of my childhood (1)

arekusu_ou (1344373) | more than 5 years ago | (#27167497)

Uhm the Japanese probably freak the Chinese out because they invaded and slaughtered billions during the Sino-Japanese War?

http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/SOD.CHAP3.HTM [hawaii.edu]

I can understand occupation and enslavement. But the brutality of killing women and children, skewing them and displaying them in fields. It wasn't systematic and clean genocide. It was slaughter in the cruelest manner they could think of.

China has it's history of Spirits and vengeful dead. They even have their lore of vampires, I think it was Guilty Gear X that made a character based on Chinese vamps. But if you look back to Chinese, Korean, or Japanese, not familiar with Vietnamese, "spirits" or "ghosts" are good lingers, once they start being evil or vengeful dead, they're called oni, or demons. Some traditionalist still make shrines, over food, light candles, and all that thing about honoured dead.

Re:Reminds me of my childhood (1)

kalirion (728907) | more than 5 years ago | (#27165999)

Now is this a social thing or a government policy thing? Cause, you know, thinking about death and what happens afterward leads some people to religion.

Re:Reminds me of my childhood (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27167015)

Bit of both.

It's a social thing, akin to our nation's aversion to nudity. But also a policy thing where the government starts from the most conservative stance and then takes it a bit too far; like the FCC throwing around fines for a wardrobe malfunction.

One could certainly argue that policy is being used in both places to try and control social behavior the government doesn't like. But simple incompetence, petty political nonsense and bureaucracy is more likely the situation.

Re:Reminds me of my childhood (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27167567)

I'm in a western country and I like to shit... What

Re:Reminds me of my childhood (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27163929)

what about this [aberdeencity.gov.uk] and this [imageshack.us] ?

Lobby price too low (1)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 5 years ago | (#27163861)

It's just a matter of time before the new game get approved. Probably the game company isn't offering somebody in the govn't enough money. Just guessing.

I have now a guy playing World of Warcraft (in China) right beside me physically. The login screen has already been changed to the "Northrend" (spelling? I'm not a player) frost-and-ice theme. I don't think they are going to postpone forever.

Mind you this is "blocking" as in "blocking a process until I/O is available". It's not "banning".

BTW interestingly, the gamer beside me told me there should have been a skeleton dragon somewhere on the login screen, which is "harmonized" out in the Chinese version.

Re:Lobby price too low (1)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 5 years ago | (#27163905)

The dragon on the login screen is a frost wyrm which is basically made up of reanimated dragon skeletons. How did they harmonize that?

Re:Lobby price too low (5, Funny)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 5 years ago | (#27163951)

Oh, probably I forgot to explain myself. In the Chinese login screen the frost wyrm is just missing. "Harmonize" is a sarcastic term used by Chinese people to mean "censor", as a pun on the government's self-proclaimed goal of "developing a harmonious society" ;)

Re:Lobby price too low (1)

ockegheim (808089) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166387)

It's a shame because Northrend is a beautiful place. I wonder what "Death Knights" will become. You can't miss the "unharmonized" skeleton dragon. The noise it makes is annoying the 100th time you hear it.

Great! (4, Funny)

Talla (95956) | more than 5 years ago | (#27163893)

Now my gold will be much more valuable in the future.

Re:Great! (1)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164883)

Talla of CCP?

This is the least of your problems. (4, Funny)

jack2000 (1178961) | more than 5 years ago | (#27163897)

Cartoony skeletons with poorly chosen color palettes? Really china? THIS is what you're going to worry about?

Re:This is the least of your problems. (5, Insightful)

xtracto (837672) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164551)

A small nipple? a small female nipple that was seen in 4 video frames and which those you are "protecting" have been touching and sucking daily ?

THIS is what you are going to worry about?

Re:This is the least of your problems. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27165045)

To be fair, there are entirely different processes at work here. The Chinese government took it upon itself to censor this because of the unease surrounding depictions of death and the dead. The U.S. government didn't censor the Super Bowl slip, they just punished the people who broadcast it after a bunch of Lovejoy-esque mothers and self-appointed decency police got the vapors and started to send in very angry letters about it.

The Chinese government censors things on its own. The U.S. government only punishes people for free expression after a bunch of our own countrymen get all whiny and cry about it instead of just turning off their damn TVs.

The U.S. federal government is largely impotent when it comes to censoring or punishing expression. They really only have as much power as the irresponsible idiots in our own communities give them.

Re:This is the least of your problems. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27165199)

And so the american media censor themselve to avoid being punished after some redneck gets upset.

What is the difference?

Re:This is the least of your problems. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27165945)

The redneck will go beat off to it later.

Re:This is the least of your problems. (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166211)

The FCC defines a lot of censorship rules outside of self-censorship. There IS government involvement on that front. Still, at least we (mostly) confine our censorship to public airwaves. For the most part, beyond those if it's a seperate medium (DVD's, cable TV, etc) it's all self-imposed or uncensored.

Re:This is the least of your problems. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27166431)

The US wouldn't have hesitated to censor the nipple if they could. The problem is it happened live, so they were too late.

Re:This is the least of your problems. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27168009)

can someone explain to me what nipple is?

Lobbying at work, not censorship. (5, Interesting)

mynickslongerthanurs (1322243) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164023)

Actually censorship does not contribute as much as lobbying from competition in this case.

WOW has dominated the Chinese MMORPG market for years and currently all the OTHER MMORPG companies are spending big fortunes on lobbying (aka bribing) the "department of (anti-)culture" to delay WLK as much as they can. They know that WOW will eat their lunch with the new expansion pack and one more day delay of WLK's debut means gain in millions for them.

So as any corrupt agency will do, the DOC is busy inventing ridiculous reasons to deny clearance for the game. "Oh noes! References like the Massacre of Stratholme are so harmful for the helpless minds of our young people! THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!1!".

I don't think Nineth City (agent for WOW mainland) has much chance in this "9C vs Everyone Else" war. By the way, almost all my WOWer friends have quit playing and those who are really into that game (shame on them) have switched to servers in Taiwan anyway.

Oh yeah I am Chinese. No penis jokes please.

Re:Lobbying at work, not censorship. (5, Insightful)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164933)

"Oh yeah I am Chinese. No penis jokes please."

I can't resist quoting this after seeing your user name :). Compensation?

Re:Lobbying at work, not censorship. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27165305)

Oh yeah I am Chinese. No penis jokes please.

Deal. Just post a picture and put this whole thing to rest.

Re:Lobbying at work, not censorship. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27165943)

He did; you missed it since it was only one pixel.

I'M CHINESE (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27164061)

i'm chinese

son of a bitch skeleton

skeleton is pig

do you want rotten flesh?

do you want no eyeballs?

skeleton is pig disgusting

zombie is an evil

FUCKING SKELETON!

Re:I'M CHINESE (0, Flamebait)

Dr. Hellno (1159307) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164155)

FUCKING SKELETON!

Re:I'M CHINESE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27164483)

Mod parent up please.

Re:I'M CHINESE (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27165109)

Burma Shave

Re:I'M CHINESE (1)

ciderVisor (1318765) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166519)

Mod +5 Funny.

Man, I just had a vision of driving along and seeing these phrases pop up one after the other to advertize Burma Shave. Shaking with mirth and getting some weird glances. Good work !

BRING THE PANDARENS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27164183)

The Chinese have cut their own tires, leave them behind. Bring the Pandarens to the game!

Uhhm hello??? (1)

meist3r (1061628) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164389)

So the problem is that the government won't allow the sales of the original game expansion?
Like on the original disc? Running the risk of sounding like a jerk but when was the last time that bothered anyone in China? Don't you just have to install WLK from "somewhere" and you can play? This move is only bad for Acti-Blizzard not really for Chinese WoW players I'd guess.

Re:Uhhm hello??? (1)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164501)

Although I don't play the game, I guess the client and server have to match so that you can play the game. If none of the servers is ready for the expansion set, how can you just install the client and play? By logging in a server outside of China? The network latency may kill the performance.

Re:Uhhm hello??? (1)

jonwil (467024) | more than 5 years ago | (#27165077)

More than likely the great firewall of china will block you from connecting to a non-chinese server. That or (more likely) the version of WoW chinese players get has been modified so that you cant use non-chinese versions of expansion packs with it or connect to non-chinese servers.

Re:Uhhm hello??? (1)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 5 years ago | (#27165275)

The Firewall doesn't do that. I have some friends who are very into the game. One of them once tried to connect to a Taiwan-based server somehow. He could login but the game is barely enjoyable due to the high latency. This is true even for Chinese domestic servers. Some gamers have to connect to their game servers via special proxies so that they can play it smoothly.

Of course we're assuming the client matches the server here. If they are incompatible it's likely the old client simply can't login due to server-side input validation.

Re:Uhhm hello??? (1)

spooje (582773) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166599)

I live in Beijing but play on Ocena servers. No real problem with latency on things like that or using a US based VOIP company for phone calls back home.

Re:Uhhm hello??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27166013)

And did you notice what's on that disk? About 120MB of basically nothing. The actual LK expansion code is downloaded - it takes hours. No instant gratification on LK purchase :-(

Re:Uhhm hello??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27167479)

If you didn't notice the Single Layer DVD contains the 3.0.1 content patch uncompressed and can bring any previous version of the client up to 3.0.1.

There was far more then 120Mb on that single layer DVD.

Government wants to discourage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27164419)

A more likely reason is that WoW way too popular in China and the government doesn't like that.

confused (4, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164595)

i saw chinese ghost story [imdb.com] recently and there was a scene where clearly rotting corpses were trying to drag the main character into the cellar

there was even a transvestite tree spirit pimp of dead ghost whores

so no skeletons... but transvestite tree spirit pimp of dead ghost whores is ok?

Re:confused (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#27165161)

What, you've never seen Tootsie?

Doomed to repeat history (1)

Duodecimal (938540) | more than 5 years ago | (#27164599)

It's no wonder the zombie outbreak started in China.

Good. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27164607)

Now maybe we can get Pandarens since China backed out anyway.

Skeletons? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27165243)

I'd have thought China would object more to the addictive nature of the game. It's sort of an overall drain on society/productivity, from a certain viewpoint, and giving it up wouldn't exactly be the greatest sacrifice China requires of its citizens.

Then again if China's anything like the US, cutting off WoW would probably cause more civil unrest than the one-child policy.

Re:Skeletons? (1)

ACAx1985 (989265) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166075)

Can anyone post a link to facts/discussion about the Chinese avoiding the number four, death, skeletons, etc? I've never heard of this--I'm fascinated.

Zombies and Skelies Oh my! (1)

NetNinja (469346) | more than 5 years ago | (#27165991)

Ok ever since WOW was released there were skelies and zombies. Why this makes such a huge difference 4 years later is beyond me.

So are they going to replace the Skelies and Zombies images with Tanks and armoured personal carriers?

Change Naxx to Tianamen square? At the end if you fail you get shipped out to a prison nobody has ever heard of in the Gobi desert?

This happened with popular games before (1)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166397)

Magic: The Gathering cards often have had to have modified artwork for the Chinese versions to remove skeletons. See http://www.redkemp.com/?p=344 [redkemp.com] and http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/arcana/948 [wizards.com] which discusses this for some cards with the original version and the Chinese version both shown. Note that clearly dead beings such as zombies are apparently ok. The issue is purely if the being is skeletal And for a skeleton to be made acceptable it just needs a tiny bit of flesh added on to make it look more zombie-like.

Chinese ghost story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27166485)

We all do realize that the Chinese ghost story series was Hong Kong cinema iirc, Hong Kong under British colonial rule.

Skelingtons (1)

ciderVisor (1318765) | more than 5 years ago | (#27166811)

Someone should e-mail in to Steve Wright In The Afternoon [wikipedia.org] to tell him about this 'factoid'. See if he'll call them "Skelingtons".

But... but... but...... (1)

SIR_Taco (467460) | more than 5 years ago | (#27167695)

How will the ever prepare themselves for the impending zombie infestation?!

Other Chinese games... (1)

gaelfx (1111115) | more than 5 years ago | (#27167857)

... definitely feature zombies and skeletons. I know because in those games, I have had to kill several thousand of these things to earn even a remote amount of money. The game is called ZhengTu, the website is here: http://zt.ztgame.com/ [ztgame.com] I definitely buy the economic argument for this, considering that most Chinese online games are pretty boring.
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