You seem to be implying that political censorship is normal and acceptable. It's not, and never will be. You also seem to be implying that China
is just like other countries. It's not.
America specifically absolutely does not have legally required censorship. We have strong free speech protections. The only things that are not allowed are child pornography, copyright infringement, and slander. With the exception of those you can publish literally whatever you want, with no license or permission or legal repercussions.
You are wrong on both accounts. The post I was replying to implied that this was a case of people being offended and wanting to take something down, and that is not the case. It's the law in a totalitarian state. You don't want to mess that up.
And while America has this supposed protection of free speech, not every country does the same. Totalitarian or not.
What primarily bothered me about your post was that you bundled the US in with the middle east, Japan, and Germany when it comes to legally required censorship. The US does not have legally required censorship. We do have game ratings, but they are performed by a private company and are completely voluntary. If a publisher doesn't want to have their game rated, they can still publish it. Though Walmart probably won't stock it on their shelves in that case, which gives companies a financial incentive to be rated and self censor.
Also, Dycaite was absolutely correct in that countries like Australia and Japan do not try to perform censorship outside their own national borders. This is a big difference from the way China
behaves. (And Germany in some cases.) They seem to think that if they are banning something, it needs to be banned everywhere, not just inside their country.
(The US does push their standards of Copyright on other countries, which is actually a form of censorship. But that's a completely different topic than censoring political speech.)
Anyhow, sorry for assuming you feel censorship is acceptable based on your post. But you didn't say it isn't.
... this is just China
holding onto a childish grudge
That is exactly true. The game was "lèse majesté" and even if they removed the content in question, that "crime" was committed and that doesn't go away.
... and GOG playing right into their hands for monetary gain.
Well, that's what companies do. And must do if they have to answer to shareholders, like CD Projekt. It's simply capitalism.
With the gray status of GOG in China
(no license...) and the - from what I hear - good sales of CP2077 there, they're in no position to piss off Chinese authorities in any way. And they can't even openly talk about it, because their sales there aren't completely legal.
Of course, pissing off their customers by blaming "gamers" was beyond silly. My guess would be short circuit panic reaction when the shit hit the fan.
If their excuse is answering to shareholders, they should have a vote in their next shareholders meeting that says "Do you want to engage in censorship in order to appease the Chinese government?" That would show how the shareholders really feel. In general I think companies doing reprehensible crap and blaming it on the shareholders is only a valid excuse if they actually asked their shareholders what they think.