Coronavirus-themed game banned in China
A coronavirus-themed game has been blocked on Steam in China due to its politically motivated content.
To win the attack on the Coronavirus, players must prevent “selfish zombies” from escaping from a country infected with the virus.
Players reported the game using the same color scheme as the Chinese flag, with virus-shaped animations instead of its stars.
The game was inundated with negative reviews on the Steam store.
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“A selfish zombie virus has infected the whole country,” reads the game description.
“Virus carriers are attempting to escape the country.
“Your aim is to prevent selfish zombie virus carriers from escaping and infecting the world.”
Players can also collect badges that include “Liberate Honk Kong” and “Taiwan is not in China”.
The game’s creator, MythZ, told the news site Abacus that it had developed the project as a protest against the Chinese government.
He said he was unhappy with how he managed the pandemic.
Some Steam users ask that the game, which remains available in other countries, be removed from the platform globally.
“Imagine making a game to joke about the pandemic situation around the world, using people’s death for fun,” said one player in a negative review.
Coronavirus Attack isn’t the first Steam game to be blocked in China.
Plague Inc., an extremely popular simulation game, was blacklisted in March with the worsening of the Covid-19 epidemic.
The plague-themed game, which peaked worldwide in January, instructs players to create their own pathogen to wipe out the human race.
Some players at the time suggested downloading the game as a way to deal with the fears surrounding the virus.