What's the hype about this Devotion game? It got retired from all shops months ago, why everybody blames Gog for it now? What's people waiting here for with messages like "x days had passed and we don't know anything"?
I didn't even know this game existed, I'm not interested in it, I would only get it if it's given away, but I doub't I would play it. But it got a lot of attention and free advertising lately. One thing is true for sure: if an editor/developer wants to distribute a game in China, it has to complish with their rules, like them or not.
I think you misunderstand the situation. GOG had been planning to release Devotion here on December 18th, but then they pulled it at the last minute (about 2 days prior), citing 'messages from many gamers' asking them not to release it. This was obviously a bogus story (no evidence has been presented of these messages) to cover up the fact they were being put under pressure from China to pull it. So, it's not just that they pulled the game, it's also about the principle that they are censoring a game at the behest of China. Further to that, they blatantly lied about the reasons, blaming 'gamers' instead of being honest with their users. They now do literally have messages from many gamers (over 8000
as of this post), petitioning them to release the game. However, so far GOG has been ignoring the views of these many gamers and has refused to even acknowledge them or comment on the issue.
Also, very important to understand: this is not about the game being blocked in China. The game is being blocked worldwide
, because the Chinese tinpot dictator has thin skin and a large ego. Even if you are not interested in the game (which has very good reviews, btw), you would not be able to buy it if you wanted to, because China says that you can't. So, there is a very important principle at stake. You might not be interested in this game now, but what about the next time, when it is a form of media you are interested in being censored?