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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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-http://cn.engadget.com/2016/01/30/tgs-2016-preview/

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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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Famous Chinese Nursery Song “One Penny” Inflates to “One Yuan”

One penny becomes one yuan in this children’s song. What’s next – changing it to QR codes?

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Famous Chinese children’s song “One Penny” (一分钱) has changed its penny to a Chinese yuan ($0.15).

The lyrics to the song are now published online and in children’s books with the different lyrics, Chinese news platform City Bulletin (@都市快报) reports on Weibo.

The altered text in a children’s book.

The classic song, in translation, says:

I found a penny on the street,
And handed it over to Uncle Policeman.
The Uncle Policeman took the penny,
And nodded his head at me.
I happily said: “Uncle, goodbye!

The song, by Chinese composer Pan Zhensheng (潘振声), is known throughout China. It came out in 1963.

Apparently, in present-day China, nobody would go through so much hassle for a penny anymore, and so the text was altered (although it is very doubtful people would go through the trouble for one yuan either).

The penny coin (0.01) in renminbi was first issued in 1957, and is somewhat rare to come across these days. “It’s probably even worth more than one yuan now,” some netizens argue.

Chinese media report that composer Pan Zhensheng said the song is just an innocent children’s song, and that it should not be affected by price inflation. Sina News also quoted the composer in saying that changing the text is “not respectful.”

Although some Chinese netizens think the change in the song is just normal modern development, others do not agree at all. In Hangzhou, some say, all you can find on the streets nowadays is QR codes rather than coins. Surely the song should not incorporate those new developments either?

Some commenters on Weibo say the song would never be realistic in China’s current cashless society anyway: “Kids nowadays are not finding cash money at all anymore!”

By Manya Koetse

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Controversy over Scene in Anti-Japanese War Drama Featuring Black U.S. Soldier and Chinese Nurse

Some scenes from this anti-Japanese war drama have angered Chinese netizens over ‘historical nihilism.’

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A black soldier comes to China from afar during WWII and falls in love with a Chinese villager who sacrifices her life for him. This war drama is sensationalizing the Sino-Japanese War in the wrong way, many netizens say.

“I love you, I love China,” a black man tells a Chinese woman in a clip of an anti-Japanese war drama that has gone viral on Chinese social media over the past few days (watch clip in embedded tweet below).

The scene is set on a mountain, where the man and woman hold hands when she tells him to flee from the “Japanese devils.” She repeats: “Remember: love me, love China.”

The love scene takes a dramatic turn when the two get ambushed by the Japanese army. The Chinese woman immediately pushes the man off the mountain to bring him to safety. While she cries out “love me, love China” she is attacked by Japanese soldiers and dies.

The scene comes from a 2016 TV drama titled The Great Rescue of The Flying Tigers (飞虎队大营救). The drama tells the story of Japanese soldiers chasing surviving members of a Flying Tigers aircraft after they shot it down. Various soldiers and army staff on the Chinese side try to rescue the fighters from the hands of the Japanese.

The drama’s portrayal of a romance between the foreign soldier and a Chinese woman, on the side of the Communist Eighth Route Army, has stirred controversy on Weibo this week.

“The director is retarded, this is historical nihilism,” one Weibo blogger writes.

Hundreds of netizens also criticize the drama’s director and screenwriters: “This is not even funny, what kind of scriptwriter comes up with this trash? This should be thoroughly investigated.”

The Flying Tigers (飞虎队) were a group of US fighter pilots who went to China during the final three years of the Second Sino-Japanese War to fight the Japanese invaders and defend China.

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The people behind the Flying Tigers belonged to the organization of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), who came together in 1941 to strengthen the Chinese Air Force.

In the now controversial TV drama The Great Rescue of The Flying Tigers, the black soldier is ‘Carl’ (Cedric Beugre), a surviving member of the Flying Tigers aircraft shut down by Japanese forces. The Chinese woman is ‘Xinghua,’ a female nurse who sacrifices her own life to save Carl.

The dialogues between Carl and Xinghua are pretty simple and at times almost ridiculous. While Xinghua does not speak a word of English and appears clueless, Carl is depicted as a stubborn, crude and somewhat silly character, who also seems to understand very little of what is happening around him and does all he can to be with his Xinghua after a brief meeting in the Chinese base camp (also see this scene or here).

On Chinese social media, the drama is critiqued for being a so-called ‘divine Anti-Japanese drama’ (抗日神剧): Chinese war dramas that sensationalize the history of the war by making up unrealistic and overly dramatic or funny scenes and storylines.

In 2015, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) announced a limit on these kinds of TV dramas that sensationalize the history of war, and in doing so ‘misrepresent history’ and ‘disrespect’ the Chinese soldiers who fought to defend the nation (read more).

TV series focusing on war are part of China’s every day (prime time) TV schedules. These Chinese war dramas are called “Anti-Japanese War Dramas” (抗日电视剧), literally referring to the period of ‘resisting Japan’ during WWII (in China, the 1937-1945 war is called The War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression 中国抗日战争).

The 40-episode series The Great Rescue of the Flying Tigers was aired by Yunnan City Channel but is also available online. Since there are countless reruns of Anti-Japanese war dramas on Chinese tv, it is possible that some viewers only now viewed the 2016 drama for the first time.

Some netizens call this a “new kind of fantasy war drama”, summarizing: “A black man comes from far away to China to fight Japan, falls in love with a Chinese nurse who sacrifices her own life for him and yells ‘Love me love China’ before she dies.”

Many on social media call the script “idiotic,” others question if black soldiers ever joined the Flying Tigers in the first place.

There seems to be more to the controversy than sensationalizing history alone though – relationships between foreign men and Chinese women, especially black men and Chinese women, are often met with prejudice and racism on Chinese social media. Mixing such a narrative in a drama about the Second Sino-Japanese war makes it all the more controversial.

Some see the narrative of the love between a foreign soldier and a Chinese woman as a way of ‘beautifying’ the war and ‘adoring everything that’s foreign.’

“This is not respecting history at all!”, one among hundreds of commenters says.

In the TV drama, the sentence “Love me, Love China” does have some extra meaning in the end. Although Xinghua sacrifices her life for Carl in episode 19, he eventually chooses to fight side by side against the Japanese ‘devils’ with the Chinese army, keeping his promise to “love China” like he loved Xinghua.

By Manya Koetse , with contributions from Miranda Barnes

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