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Time to Play: 2016 Taipei Game Show

One of biggest gaming events in Asia has kicked off in Taipei. Game developers around the world introduce their games to Asian game market at the Taipei Game Show. Despite the excitement of new games and pretty girls, not all netizens seem happy with this year’s show.

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One of biggest gaming events in Asia kicked off in Taipei. Game developers around the world introduce their games to the Asian game market at the Taipei Game Show. Despite the excitement of new games and pretty girls, not all netizens seemed happy with this year’s show.

The first international video game trade show to kick off in 2016 was the Taipei Game Show (  台北国际电玩展). The five-day event began on January 29th at the Taipei World Trade Center Hall in Taiwan. The show is attended by 300 vendors from over 20 different countries.

Organizers of the event are hoping to attract over 500,000 visitors, making it one of the biggest gaming events in Asia. ETtoday reported that the show had already attracted 170,000 visitors on January 31st.

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Taiwan is currently among one of the top five countries on Google Play’s revenue ranking: around 72 percent of Taiwanese smartphone users play games. According to Newzoo, Taiwan ranks number two in the world when it comes to casual and social gaming. With nearly ten million gamers, Taiwan is a large player in the global gaming industry.

The Taipei Game Show has been organized by the Taipei Computer Association (台北国际电脑协会) since 2003. The show is a host to many exhibitions that give visitors a first look at future games and gaming technology.

Besides the exhibitions, there are also many gaming competitions taking place. The most talked about competition at the show is the Intel Extreme Masters (英特尔极限高手杯大赛), a huge tournament series for the world’s best gamers. The championship sees competitors from Norway, France ands South-Korea go head to head with each other in a game of Starcraft 2.

The main highlight at this year’s show is a showcase of upcoming virtual reality games and virtual gaming equipment. This also includes the announcement of new VR game titles and VR headsets by HTC, Samsung and PlayStation. Game developers from Taiwan announced three titles for the PlayStation VR. The most promising of which is Winking Entertainment’s ‘The Telltale Project’ (揭秘计划). The game is a space-based adventure that sends players on a journey to discover the secrets of Mars (see trailer below).

This year also marks the 3rd Indie Game Festa (独立游戏专区) and is held in conjunction with the Taipei Game Show. The festival seeks to help indie game developers from around the world promote their games.

The Taipei Game Show is a much-talked about topic on Weibo over the past week, where the event has its own official account. But other accounts, like the Luxury Platform or Sina Games (1.8 million followers), also write about the latest news on the event.

The show is not only known for the gaming highlights; most vendors have their own showgirls to promote the latest games and tech products. Although showgirls have been banned from some (car) events in Mainland China, they are still an important visual feature of the Taipei Game Show. “I got to photograph so many pretty girls at the Taipei Game Show!” one Weibo netizen happily says, sharing his pictures of the showgirls at the event.

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In the past few years, the Taipei Game show has gained a lot of criticism from netizens. Not because of the showgirls, but because the event has become focused too much on mobile gaming instead of console gaming. “They should change the name to Taipei Phone Game Show,” one Weibo netizen comments.

Despite the occasional criticism, the Taipei event still has enough to offer for any game and tech lover out there – and if not, there will always be pretty girls.

By Chi Wen

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Chi Wen is a freelance translator and writer who lives in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Besides translating and writing, he also teaches English as a Second Language to high school students. Chi is a self-proclaimed geek with a love for video games.

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Chinese Actor Zhao Lixin Banned from Weibo over Comments on Second Sino-Japanese War

The actor was banned for “downplaying” the Japanese aggression in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

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Sina Weibo issued a statement on April 16 that the Weibo account of the Chinese-Swedish actor Zhao Lixin has been terminated following remarks he made about Japan’s invasion of China and the Second Sino-Japanese War.

The Weibo account of Zhao Lixin (赵立新, 1968) has been closed after the Chinese-Swedish actor made controversial comments on the Second Sino-Japanese War.

On April 2nd, Zhao Lixin, who had more than 7 million followers, posted a message on Weibo that questioned why the Japanese military did not pillage and destroy the Beijing Palace Museum during the Second Sino-Japanese War:

The Japanese occupied Beijing for eight years. Why didn’t they steal relics from the Palace Museum and burn it down [during that time]? Is this in line with the nature of an invader?

The actor also commented on the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, suggesting that it was a consequence of Chinese resistance to the Japanese invasion.

Zhao’s post led to much controversy in early April, followed by a lengthy apology statement from the actor on April 3rd, in which he said he did not phrase his comments carefully enough and that he was remorseful over the storm of criticism he had ignited. His controversial Weibo post was soon taken offline.

Many people were mostly angered because they felt Zhao’s comments “defended” the Japanese invaders. “Zhao’s permit to work in China should be terminated forever!”, some commenters posted on Weibo.

The Second Sino-Japanese War is still a highly sensitive topic in China today, with anti-Japanese sentiments often flaring up when Japan-related topics go trending on Chinese social media.

The ‘Nanjing massacre’ or ‘Rape of Nanjing’ is an especially sensitive topic within the history of the Second Sino-Japanese War, also because some Japanese politicians and scholars consistently deny it even happened, heightening the tension between the two countries. For a Chinese celebrity to seemingly ‘downplay’ the aggression and atrocities committed by Japanese invaders in the 1937-1945 period is therefore highly controversial.

Despite Zhao’s apologies, Sina Weibo issued a notice on April 16 “Relating to Harmful Political Information” (关于时政有害信息的处理公告), stating that the account of Zhao Lixin, along with some others, had been closed for spreading this kind of information.

The hashtag relating to Zhao’s social media suspension received more than 57 million views on Weibo today.

“It’s good that his account was taken down,” a popular comment said: “It’s insulting our country.” Others said that Zhao should not have posted something that is “out of line” “considering his position as an actor.”

Zhao Lixin is mainly known for his roles in TV dramas such as The Legend of Mi Yue, Memoirs In China, and In the Silence.

Zhao is not the first KOL (Key Opinion Leader) to have been banned from Weibo after making controversial remarks relating to China’s history. In 2016 the famous entrepreneur Ren Zhiqiang disappeared from Weibo after publishing various posts on his experience with communism in the past, and the status quo of media in China.

By Manya Koetse , with contributions from Miranda Barnes

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Catharsis on Taobao? Chinese ‘All is Well’ TV Drama Fans Are Paying Up to Scold the ‘Su Family Villains’

Some netizens are getting too worked up over this hit TV drama.

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Chinese TV drama ‘All is Well’ is such an online hit, that the collective despise for the fictional villains in the story is getting all too real. The show itself, along with an online service to scold its characters, has become a trending topic on Chinese social media this week.

The Chinese TV series All is Well (都挺好) is such a success that some people would even pay to scold the drama’s main ‘villains.’ One Taobao seller had nearly one thousand customers paying a fee this week for a special service to curse the characters they despise so much.

All is Well is a 46-episode urban TV drama that premiered on March 1st of this year on Zhejiang and Jiangsu Television. The series is based on the novel by A’nai (阿耐), who is also known for writing the super popular Ode to Joy TV drama.

All is Well tells the story of white-collar worker Su Mingyu and the conflicts within her family. The role of this daughter is played by Chinese actress Yao Chen (姚晨), one of the most popular celebrities on Weibo.

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As the only daughter, Su Mingyu is the black sheep of the family and grows up feeling lonely and unloved. When her mother suddenly passes away, the Su family falls apart. The father becomes selfish and overbearing, while her brothers are also unsuccessful in keeping the family together.

The three men within the Su family have become much-hated characters on Chinese social media for their selfishness and manipulative traits. Su Mingcheng (Li Junting) is Mingyu’s older brother, Su Mingzhe (Gao Xin) is her younger brother, and Su Daqiang (Ni Dahong) is her father.

While the TV drama is a major hit, many fans seem to take pleasure in scolding the main characters. On Weibo, some netizens are changing their names into some of the Su villains, allowing others to scold them.

But there are also people who have turned the collective contempt for the Su men into a small business. On e-commerce site Taobao, one seller set up a service to “curse the Su family father and sons” (怒骂苏家三父子), charging a 0.5 yuan fee, Caijing reports.

Various Chinese media report that the seller has had at least 300 customers over the past week who could “vent their anger” about the drama’s characters. The seller would open a chat window, displaying the photo and name of one of the three despised characters, and pretending to be them. He also displays a counter that shows how many times the characters have been scolded by customers.

Other news sites report that there are at least 40 online shops selling this ‘scolding service’ to customers, with one seller allegedly serving nearly 1000 customers in one day.

The topic, under the hashtag “Online Shop Sells Service to Scold the Su Father and Sons” (#网店出售怒骂苏家三父子服务#), received nearly 100 million views on Weibo this week.

Many netizens are surprised and amused that their favorite TV drama has turned into a business opportunity for Taobao sellers. “I’m a shop seller,” one commenter says: “I give all the money to charity. I work during the day, but in the evenings I’m here for all of you!”

“Is this the rival of the Kua Kua group?”, one commenter wonders. Kua Kua groups, as we recently explained in this article, are online chat groups where people can be complimented or praised, sometimes for money. The current scolding groups, in a way, serve a similar purpose: offering netizens a way to vent their feelings and feel a bit better.

Although the cursing may provide emotional catharsis for some, others just find it really funny. “How about you give me one yuan, and I scold you?”, one commenter suggests: “It’s crazy that these type of services exist.”

All is Well can be viewed through iQiyi (without English subtitles, regional restrictions apply – VPN).

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