Animal Crossing New Horizons pulled from China after in-game protests, players create security for trading

    
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While Animal Crossing New Horizons wouldn’t normally be on our radar on a regular basis, there has been enough shenanigans coming from the limited multiplayer functionality of the game that we thought to share it with you.

For example, ACNH has reportedly been pulled from the Chinese market after players were using the title’s creation tools to protest for Hong Kong democracy. This past Friday, Chinese online retailers Taobao and Pinduoduo suddenly removed the life sim after reports of players shared protests online got some major news traction.

ACNH had not been officially released in China and was only available via imports, but major retailers that helped to import the game have now cut that supply off. That said, those who do still own the game can still play it regardless. And lest anyone forget, Hong Kong is still vying for its personal democracy — an event that made a significant splash in the multiplayer gaming world last year; we’ve gathered up all of those stories here for anyone that wants a refresher.

In more lighthearted Animal Crossing news, players have been forced to get creative when opening their islands to let strangers in for the stalk market trade, with one such player creating a security checkpoint and hiring friends as bouncers.

For those unfamiliar, the stalk market is effectively a weekly affair where players buy turnips on Sunday and then try to sell those turnips for a higher price that changes every day of the week. Visiting islands that are buying turnips at a high price has become one of the game’s more popular multiplayer activities, with players even providing tips to the owners of host islands in the form of in-game money, items, or Nook Miles tickets that let players travel to resource-rich islands.

As is often the case, though, people have also found ways to spoil the matter by either ransacking the island or by simply not completing trades in full. To prevent this sort of behavior, a player by the name of ottermochi has created a fenced area to guide visitors to where trades take place, and has even gotten friends to play security, with one physically blocking the entrance to the shop until trades are complete and another collecting tips.

Basically, Animal Crossing New Horizons players are extremely creative.

source: polygon (1, 2)
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atlasraven

Might as well double-down since China banned it anyway.

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johnd212

Could it be any clearer why we need to distance ourselves from China? We can NOT consider ourselves an exclusive and welcoming nation if we embrace a country that mistreats Democracy like China does. CHINA LIED – PEOPLE DIED!

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Mewmew

And yet, we won’t. People aren’t willing to give up cheaper goods and manufacturing. We aren’t willing to change that much about our lives. Nearly everything in our homes is either made in China or full of parts that are.

Chinese companies own a lot of chunks of US companies. They fund and own Hollywood so that even those that feel they are the most liberal in Hollywood that run their loud-mouthed opinions about everything else don’t dare speak out against them.

Basically, to see very much against China you have to watch obscure YouTube news channels. Or listen to a crazy President that is so out there people don’t want to listen to him much even when he’s right about something.

The most major player Capitalists of the West just want to be able to sell their goods to China and make more money as well. They’ll bend over and cover their eyes as to what is happening with any rights and people there as long as they still get to make money.

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Bryan Correll

Does one of the animals look too much like Xi Jinping?

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Daniel Miller

I made a video on this. It made news 48 hours ago.

Loyalworldinfo on YouTube has it and other international news

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Daniel Miller

https://youtu.be/Fp_VCSgWszI thats my video. After blizcon and nba,like i share. This should have been bigger but started on the weekend.

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Schmidt.Capela

Actually, ACNH was never officially released in China, which means it was never in the Chinese market in the first place; what happened is that those sites — Chinese equivalents to EBay or Amazon Marketplace — decided to crack down on gray market listings of the game. Whether under orders from the Chinese government or by their own initiative is anyone’s guess; sites such as those have a history of doing such crackdowns on their own initiative, and often to a higher degree than the central government mandates, in an attempt to avoid giving the government any reason to scrutinize their operations.