Video games are traditionally review bombed for reasons that include poor gameplay, lack of playtime, and glitches or bugs, but for the Chinese, all it takes is a flag that they don’t like.
This has been observed with the release of Deck Nine’s Life is Strange: True Colors, a new installment of the series that centers on a psychic named Alex Chen. The game is being review bombed by China because one of the shops that can be seen, Treasures of Tibet, features a Tibetan flag above its entrance. China doesn’t like this addition too much; the flag is banned in the country for being a symbol of the Tibetan independence movement.
“The game contains elements of Tibetan independence, implying a split of China,” reads one complaint.
“Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Tibet have been Chinese territories since ancient times,” reads another. “No matter how the obsolete think, they will eventually return to the mainland. I suggest that NEETs read more books, stop being stupid, and find a job to support themselves. Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Tibet is part of China forever.”
Despite the controversy, Life is Strange: True Colors has received positive reviews thanks to what critics say is a compelling narrative driven by its protagonist, who uses her powers to search for the truth in the game’s setting of Haven Springs, Colorado. The game was released just a few days ago on September 10 for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and Stadia platforms.
A bold new era of the award-winning Life is Strange begins, with an all-new playable lead character and a thrilling mystery to solve!
Alex Chen has long suppressed her ‘curse’: the supernatural ability to experience, absorb and manipulate the strong emotions of others, which she sees as blazing, colored auras.
When her brother dies in a so-called accident, Alex must embrace her volatile power to find the truth – and uncover the dark secrets buried by a small town.