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MightyPinecone: Still I find it hard to believe that gog or its community could put sufficient preasure on the Australian government to make them change their laws. Sadly, I think this is a battle Australian gamers will have to fight on their own.
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Cavalary: Could add to it, and those from abroad aren't subject to the national government's campaigning, which greatly diminishes the potential local support base of local activists.

Still, don't see GOG taking, say, Chinese censorship laws into account (so far), so what did Germany and Australia have extra? Their headquarters aren't in either of those places, so...
I'm not a lawyer but I suspect gog will have to take the laws of a particular nation into account when they sell games in that country. If gog sells games in China I very much suspect they would have to cut quite a few games from their lineup as the Chinese censorship is amongst the worlds harshest.
Post edited September 18, 2015 by MightyPinecone
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Cavalary: Could add to it, and those from abroad aren't subject to the national government's campaigning, which greatly diminishes the potential local support base of local activists.

Still, don't see GOG taking, say, Chinese censorship laws into account (so far), so what did Germany and Australia have extra? Their headquarters aren't in either of those places, so...
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MightyPinecone: I'm not a lawyer but I suspect gog will have to take the laws of a particular nation into account when they sell games in that country. If gog sells games in China I very much suspect they would have to cut quite a few games from their lineup as the Chinese censorship is amongst the worlds harshest.
They're not not selling games in China at the moment, people from there can buy. (Or at least MaGOG doesn't detect anything blocked there, does it?) And I actually recall a discussion on here quite some time ago when someone from China was mentioning payment methods used there and a blue showed interest in more details about what they should look into for that market.

Edit: Here, found someone from China requesting a payment option. More recent than what I remembered, and no blue there, but anyway...
Post edited September 18, 2015 by Cavalary
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Cavalary: They're not not selling games in China at the moment, people from there can buy. (Or at least MaGOG doesn't detect anything blocked there, does it?) And I actually recall a discussion on here quite some time ago when someone from China was mentioning payment methods used there and a blue showed interest in more details about what they should look into for that market.

Edit: Here, found someone from China requesting a payment option. More recent than what I remembered, and no blue there, but anyway...
Interesting. Might be part of the "gray" gaming market. Regarding Chinese game censorship there is quite a list of possible offences:

- Gambling-related content or game features
- Anything that violates China’s constitution
- Anything that threatens China’s national unity, sovereignty, or territorial integrity.
- Anything that harms the nation’s reputation, security, or interests.
- Anything that instigates racial/ethnic hatred, or harms ethnic traditions and cultures.
- Anything that violates China’s policy on religion by promoting cults or superstitions.
- Anything that promotes or incites obscenity, drug use, violence, or gambling.
- Anything that harms public ethics or China’s culture and traditions.
- Anything that insults, slanders, or violates the rights of others.
- Other content that violates the law
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Cavalary: They're not not selling games in China at the moment, people from there can buy. (Or at least MaGOG doesn't detect anything blocked there, does it?)
Nothing blocked in China, at least not at the game page level.
Off topic, but whatevs...

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MightyPinecone: If gog sells games in China I very much suspect they would have to cut quite a few games from their lineup as the Chinese censorship is amongst the worlds harshest.
What hogwash! Ever been to China for any extended period of time, MightyPinecone? As long as you don't question the authority of the ruling elite, they'll turn a blind eye.

In Beijing, you can walk into a supermarket and buy hardcore pornography (thinly veiled as art house films) and NOBODY CARES! Sure, they have all sorts of silly rules and regulations as far as media is concerned, but nobody cares about actually enforcing those laws!

Besides, Steam officially sells games in China (ie features Chinese language/currency) and I'm not seeing them having to lock anything. Neither do I have trouble buying anything from gog. Only when I get back to oh-so-free-and-democratic Germany do I have to get adversely affected by inane censorship legislation.
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fronzelneekburm: Off topic, but whatevs...

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MightyPinecone: If gog sells games in China I very much suspect they would have to cut quite a few games from their lineup as the Chinese censorship is amongst the worlds harshest.
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fronzelneekburm: What hogwash! Ever been to China for any extended period of time, MightyPinecone? As long as you don't question the authority of the ruling elite, they'll turn a blind eye.

In Beijing, you can walk into a supermarket and buy hardcore pornography (thinly veiled as art house films) and NOBODY CARES! Sure, they have all sorts of silly rules and regulations as far as media is concerned, but nobody cares about actually enforcing those laws!

Besides, Steam officially sells games in China (ie features Chinese language/currency) and I'm not seeing them having to lock anything. Neither do I have trouble buying anything from gog. Only when I get back to oh-so-free-and-democratic Germany do I have to get adversely affected by inane censorship legislation.
Well, you also want to avoid being organized, as that's viewed as threatening as well. But, you're absolutely right. I was running a VPN nearly constantly on a connection that I was the sole registered user and they didn't care. I didn't see them caring about the other folks either.

The reality on the ground in China is a lot more complicated than people realize. I know they've even got strip clubs that are less prudish than the ones we have in the US. I know at least one that had men, women and transexual strippers. I'm not even sure where I would go in the US to find that.