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Andrew Yang weighs in on Blizzard Hong Kong controversy

Published: 23/Oct/2019 19:42 Updated: 23/Oct/2019 20:05

by Michael Gwilliam

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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has taken a stance on Blizzard’s recent controversy regarding the suspension of Hearthstone pro Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai for his pro-Hong Kong message. 

Speaking with The Washington Post‘s video game outlet Launcher, Yang claimed that while he agrees with China’s stance on Loot Boxes, where companies are required to disclose the odds of obtaining an item inside, he differs on their suppression of free speech. 

“What we’re seeing now is two of China’s driving priorities starting to be at odds with each other,” he said. “Their priority is maintaining robust economic growth. Number two is social order and suppressing any political dissidence. […] The unfortunate reality is that these are the kinds of decisions we’re forcing companies to make every single day because of the globalized nature of the industry.” 

In reference to complaints he hears from executives he added, “A lot of these companies are like, ‘Why am I making these decisions?’”

“And these decisions end up being massive investments of resources. They’re actually looking for some sort of guideline or assistance. These are from companies who have historically not been excited about having any government hand in their industries. It just goes to show we’re putting more and more companies into untenable positions,” he explained. 

Congress recently took a less sympathetic hardline stance on Blizzard’s decision to ban Hong Kong native Hearthstone pro Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai, condemning the action and calling for a complete reversal of the ban. This came after Blizzard reduced Blitzchung’s ban from one year to six months and restored his prize winnings. 

Blitzchung has been banned from competing for six months.

Yang on video game violence and addiction

When asked about his thoughts on video game addiction, Yang said he believes part of the problem is that politicians rarely bring up games and when they do it’s about violence. He, however, believes game addiction is a real issue.

“No one ever talks about it unless it’s in the context of violence, and even then you just get some hand wringing behind it,” he said. 

BlizzardBlitzchung wore a gas mask during his post-game interview in support of the Hong Kong protesters.

For Yang, he views video games as a complex medium. “To me, games are intrinsic to the human experience, and video games are a natural evolution,” he said. 

“There is vast potential for gaming to serve not just for our entertainment, but for other positive things.” 

It’s refreshing to see a politician take a pro-game stance given the frequent attacks against video games by politicians who blame them for acts of violence.

Back in August, President Donald Trump said that the United States must stop the “glorification” of violence in games following a shooting in El Paso, Texas that saw 21 people killed.

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Streamer goes viral for calling out “disrespectful” Among Us players

Published: 4/Dec/2020 16:53

by Michael Gwilliam

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YouTuber and Twitch streamer Julien ‘julien’ Solomita has gone viral for a clip in which he called out Among Us players who are disrespectful towards others in-game.

In the viral clip, which has been viewed over 350,000 times since being uploaded to Twitter on December 4, Julien blasted people who infect his lobbies with negativity or make others feel “unsafe.”

“When I make these lobbies, when I go around and hit up some of my friends, and often times some of my friends’ friends to play Among Us with me, I have one thing in mind: that everyone I’m inviting gets to have fun,” the streamer began his rant.

“Gets to feel welcome. Gets to feel safe. Gets the exact opportunity as everyone else to be listened to. And gets to go home at the end of the night and say that had a good night of gaming,” he continued.

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Among Us has become one of the most popular online games.

According to Julien, this mantra should be enforced for new people. “I’ve met more people in the streaming world playing Among Us than I’ve ever met, by far, than any other game,” he explained. “So, when new people are in my lobbies, I try to go extra to out of my way to make those people feel like they’re welcome and they get to have fun.”

Communication can be key in Among Us, so it makes sense that anyone who plays would want to be able to speak freely and not be spoken over. As such, when players aren’t able to get a word in, the experience can be ruined.

This is why the streamer has “zero tolerance” for the “normalization” of disrespecting people in video games.

“Among Us is a game and it’s for fun. It’s not so boys can talk over women. It’s not to make new people in the group feel small or unwelcome. It’s not to win in every game at all costs,” he continued to rant. “It’s a game and it’s for everybody to enjoy.”

He went on to reach out to players who may have been disrespected in online games and hoped that they never experienced that again. “I don’t want anyone here to get the idea that it’s even close to normal for that to be how you feel when you play a video game. That’s not normal. It’s f**king weird, it’s wrong.”

A lot of people have taken Solomita’s message to heart and voiced their agreement in the replies. Hopefully, his words have a lasting effect on players feeling a bit out of touch in online games such as Among Us.