it think it may be time to point out that it may not have been the Chinese government, but really "gamers" of two different kinds
(No offense but) I think it's time you go and read the ENTIRE post collection in this thread before you come and imply you are some sort of saviour of humanity by being implied the first one to point out something that was in fact already pointed out multiple times LONG AGO.
YES, there is a slim chance that these messages were from real people.
But there is far more against that theory.
Plus there is COMPLETE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY from GOG for seemingly no reason - do you think GOG would stay silent for so long if that would REALLY be "normal people"?
Still, then banning it in China would've sufficed, right?
not sure, as it can still be seen as a company that support these kinds of games, and therefore both gamers in group 1 and 2 could still feel either outraged (not going to deal with a company that support this behaviour)
Right... So, obviously, there always may be people who will get OUTRAGED by international HUMAN RIGHT to free speech - right to free expression through art, such as games, falls within this cathegory.
But if, IF, those would be real people having concerns then 2 things would happen:
1.Those REAL PEOPLE would NOT resort to what is essentially covert ops
They would use many different NORMAL communication channels, they would be vocal in various places other extended period of time, NOT just in 1 specific contact form other suspiciously tight time window.
2.They would have no legal, moral or any other right to block INTERNATIONAL release of the game.
If any real gamers in CH would want this game gone they can only legally try to block it in CH. Outside of there there is free speech (and right to free expression) guaranteed as a human right and so action such as this technically isn't even legal internationally.
or scared (a company that support this kind of behaviour might get blocked).
Do you have ANY IDEA how many western services are blocked there yet people interested in them still access them?
There is VPN and people there ACTIVELY UTILISE IT.
2) gOg do not officaly trade in China
Things where fine, until gOg in their wisdom tweeted on a Chineese account that they would sell thiis game. There was no mention until they did this tweet, then they got the reactions.
I don't *think* you can announce marketing material on targeted country X social media if you are not officially registered business there.
I would also like to point out that GOG has official chinese language support on the website whereas it doesn't even have Japanese language support as of now. That speaks loads about GOG's attitude to worldwide market shares' "equality".
they may be quick to blacklist gOg in the Great Firewall of China if they draw attention to themselves, which the "gamers" in group 2 is afraid off
Hey, do you really think people in there would be afraid of THAT that much?
Their gov is known to be able to block pretty much ANYTHING for no reason on a brink of an eye.
One would think people there are already used to western services getting banned.
So really, this doesn't change ANYTHING.
Then, by that interpretation, doesn't that mean GOG already dug it's grave? it'd be like calling a dietitian mid heard attack asking for help, so to speak. May as well finish your hamburger waiting for the ambulance.
i do not see how this is "dug their own grave"
They dug their own grave on the same merit this game is blocked, that is specificly, taking actions on past content.
Because as far as I know THE GAME IN QUESTION got the CONTENT IN QUESTION removed
long before there was even an announcement of this game's distribution by GOG.
The allegedly "offending content" was GONE long before the point when the announcement was made
the entire argument of "a bunch of 'gamers' contacted us to block INTERNATIONAL release of the game because it contains offensive content Z" is a bunch of BS, a made up lie, because it either DOESN'T HOLD UP AT ALL (since the content was REMOVED BEFORE THAT) or it's all made up BS.
Either way GOG has burned their reputation with this to the ground and they continue plummeting by not making an official statement and releasing proofs for the rightfullness of their decision (remember, GOG broke already signed
contract with a developer/publisher - they can TOTALLY be held LEGALLY responsible for that - and they SHOULD BE
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Yet the response itself was pretty black and white, despite the option not to be so. At the end of the day, GOG pissed off somebody
, doesn't really matter who, by offering Devotion. Then, GOG decided to go 180 degrees, and piss off someone else
. We could argue which party is wroth more to GOG, but, well, at this point, can GOG redeem itself and regain full trust of either somebody
or somebody else
? Surely, not pissing anyone off to begin with would've been best, but was it really wise to piss off somebody else
if it doesn't really change how somebody
feels? We could discuss who both parties are, but does it really matter, or is it more about how they handled it overall?
to use your style - do we need to, though? do you think many people stoped using gOg? do you think this number is smaller or larger than the potnetial chinese market? do you think gOg formost is a buisness? do you think they had to make a buisness decision? do you think that had to be done very quickly?
Does it even matter?
GOG as a company has to ask themselves a simple question of what matters to them more:
(let me quote myself since I already said it well before)
estabilished international userbase with guaranteed low-to-mid income
new uncharted (by them anyway) market that has very unstable chance for higher income
.(dots are for spacing since GOG cr*ppy forum software ignores my line breaks here)
Just because YOU do not care does NOT
mean OTHERS do not too.
edit: added response to post 1106 added simultaneously with my post 1107.