Chinese Gamers Stage Virtual Blockade in Protest of Crappy Remake

September 7, 2009 -

Everyone complains about lousy remakes of favorite games, but activist Chinese gamers did something about it - at least for a little while.

zonaeuropa reports that the online relaunch of Hot Blooded Legend was stopped cold by a mob of avatars that blocked new players from passing through the gates of the game's virtual city. The avatars were controlled by Chinese gamers who were upset that the new game didn't do justice to their beloved original:

Several days ago, Shanda published some screen captures which the players sadly found to include class restrictions and commercial stores... if a player has cash, he can purchase equipment to upgrade without having to go through the trouble to combat monsters ...

The players decided to call for a boycott...  At 2pm, the game opened as scheduled...  At one entrance, more than 40 characters stood still.  They wore cloth dresses and cloth shoes and stood shoulder to shoulder. Other players cannot enter... Meanwhile, several thousand people were blocking the gates of the various cities in the game.

The "counter-attack" [by game admins] came soon... Some players found their screen went black suddenly... Other players were transported by the system administrator far into the wilderness...

While the blockade eventually ran out of steam, the protesters made their point.

Via: boingboing


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Since it's in China, I'm surprised they didn't get run over with virtual tanks.  No China, we haven't forgotten.

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If you're referring to the video of the man carrying a bag and stopping in front of a line of several dome-like topped tanks, then you might be off with your statement.

www.youtube.com/watch

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You want to be careful slinging those kinds of insults, mate - you tell me your nationality, and I'll tell you all the bad stuff done in your name.

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 It doesn't seem fair to prevent others from playing the game. If you don't like it, don't play it. Don't ruin other's experience.

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Good point.  Though I can respect their stance on paying for great items, they seem to have an attitude along the lines of, "If we can't have fun, then no one can!"

 

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

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I wouldn't be surprised if a good number of the protesters are actually people who attempt to sell items and gold for real money.

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So people with no money are protesting that instead of having to work at getting items in game, people who worked at earning money OUTSIDE the game are being given the chance to spend it in game.

This seems like homeless people blockading estate agents to stop people buying homes.

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What if you were playing Halo or Call of Duty and some players got extremely good weapons that would require days of manhours to acquire, but they got simply for having some money? I'd say that'd be unfair, and worthy of a protest.

I don't think that it should be illegal for the company to do it, I just don't think that it's right.

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How is it unfair? You could just get a job, earn some money and buy the same upgrades. Money doesn't grow on trees, it's got to be earned by someone... You "earn" your upgrades by playing the game and they "earn" their upgrades by working in real life (or their parents working in RL). All in all, they may have the upgrades, but you didn't waste any cash like they did. If your think it's unfair for them to have those upgrades why not buy them yourself? If you have the cash then the reason you don't is because you don't feel it's worth the cash... If you don't have the cash, then go out and earn some cash; though frankly, after working for that cash, i'm sure you'll find a lot of other things more worthwhile to spend that hard earned cash on than an upgrade you can get just by playing the game.

When it comes down to it, there's a choice... you can either play the game and earn the gear, or you can spend REAL money and just buy it... though frankly, i find that to be a real waste of cash... Why stop people from burning their own money... i mean hell, if those people can't find the enjoyment in actually earning those items, should they really be forced to do so... sure, they aren't really forced as they could just not play the game; but why should they be deny themselves playing an otherwise great game just because they don't enjoy the early portions of the game? Some people don't like to "earn" upgrades as it sometimes can feel like work, when what they really want to do is escape work and just unwind with busting some heads.

Frankly, the main reason i stopped playing FFXI was because by level 50 the game was feeling more like a job than a game... i would have loved to keep going on new story based missions and seeing more parts of the world, but i was stuck playing for weeks to level up high enough to do those things... the game stopped being fun... granted i was also too much of a cheapskate to buy a high level account either (i wasn't THAT desperate to play at higher levels)... so i just quit... but in quiting i deny myself of what could have become a good gaming experience at later levels... IF i REALLY wanted that good gaming experienced, should i be FORCED to play the games for months to get there, or should i not be allowed the option to spend a some cash and get their faster? I play games to unwind and have some fun, NOT to work.

but ofcourse, i think most upgrades are not worth the price it's sold for; especially when you can get it though in game methods...

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Well said!

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I agree completely.  Remember Star Wars Galaxies?  At first it took an insane amount of effort and time to obtain the rank of Jedi.  This made the game more realistic in the context of the Star Wars universe because it took alot of training to reach Jedi, just as we would expect it to after watching the movies, reading the books, comics, etc.  And then the developers had the great idea to make the game more friendly for new players by allowing anyone to start a new profile and select the Jedi class right off the bat.  Remember what happened as a result?  Galaxies lost the vast majority of its fanbase.

If the industry was to implement this concept into all of its games, it would not work well.  Gamers spend around $100 for a game; few want to spend more for items that can be obtained through a bit more effort, which is what separates this practice from normal expansion packs.

Example: suppose that you enjoy playing Halo 3 and that you've finally earned the all of the original 49 or so achievements, unlocking the katana for your armour.  Now suppose that Microsoft decided to just let people buy the katana for a few bucks from the Marketplace.  You would probably feel a bit pissed off with MS and the players who got it so easily without any effort.

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You mean if those 2 games had a system like Battlefield Heroes has? Moot point anyway, I detest Halo & was never really taken with CoD, and Battlefield Heroes was a steaming pile of wank. Heck, every last MMO to come out of Korea was designed around the very concept of microtransactions.

Don't like the way a game works, then f**k off and find a game you DO like.

Incidently, this microtransaction system of playing is one EA has already dabbled in, and a system they believe is the future and are determined to re-engineer the games industry in favour of.

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Its a shame this would not work for pay for MMOs...


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"The "counter-attack" [by game admins] came soon... Some players found their screen went black suddenly... Other players were transported by the system administrator far into the wilderness..."

 

Protestors are dumb.

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Commenters are jerks.

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I try my best!

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"Protestors are dumb."

Yes. Whenever you oppose a particular action, by far the best and most effective response is to say and do nothing at all. Sure, it won't accomplish anything -- but at least nobody will call you dumb.

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Not at all. They have the right to protest, I have the right to call them dumb. What a craaaaaaazy world we live in.

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"They have the right to protest."

"Don't like the way a game works, then f**k off and find a game you DO like."

Yes. What a crazy world.

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Just because they have the right to do it doesn't mean I have to support it.

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Instead of saying, "I can call 'em wateva I want" why don't you actually tell us WHY you think these protesters are dumb.

 

I think it is worthwhile to make a point if it is something you believe in. People have effected great change through protest. Civil rights. Liberation of India from British rule. I could name more but I'd have to start googling, which is just too much work for a forum post.

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You're SERIOUSLY comparing protests for civil rights and liberation of India to butt-hurt whining that people can buy gear in a game with hard-earnt money?

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Nor, indeed, do I have to support your comments. It's just that if we keep arguing this way we could fill countless pages worth of comments and still end up saying nothing at all.

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No different from any other discussion on this site then!

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Actually sometimes the discussions actually involve two intelligent sides.

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I'm sure both sides BELIEVE themselves to be intelligent. Much in the same way a mirage can appear real.

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You're my favourite troll in the whole wide interweb! :)

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Yay, I got the right to call you a dumb fool!

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Get in line sonny!

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