It is natural that games can develop their own creativity in artworks, which is why games are so diverse today. However, if the appearance of the female characters in the game shows a little bit of sexy, it will be said to objectify women. A few days ago, Genshin Impact ushered in the 2.4 version update, and the appearance of some characters in the game has been censored by the Chinese government. Chinese players are dissatisfied with this, because the censorship is only limited to the Chinese server, and does not include the international server. Here will explain why Chinese game character appearance will get censored.
Genshin Impact Adjustment
Genshin Impact, as a two-dimensional game, has been very successful. Genshin Impact has many different characters, and each has unique attributes. The modeling design of each character is so beautiful that players can’t help but invest a lot of money in the game to draw the character they have in mind. Some time ago, Mihoyo released an announcement stating that the appearance of some characters will be adjusted. These characters are Jean, Amber, Rosalia and Mona.
If you compare the new appearance with the old one, you can find that a lot of cloth strips have been added to the clothing, and the overall look will be more conservative than before. These changes have players complaining, saying that they are simply different characters. In addition to the change in appearance, the visual display of the character in flight has also been changed. After version 2.4 was launched, whenever the character is in flight, as long as the player slides the camera up a little, they will find that the character in the game will disappear directly out of thin air, leaving a pair of wings floating in the air.
For this, only some limited regions will have such a setting. However, in China server, the character is simply gone. Whether it is such a setting or a change in appearance, these actions are obviously part of the benefits that players do not want to see. The players of the international server did not have much influence, and even got an extra set of alternative skins. After Chinese players saw this, they were all dissatisfied. After all, Mihoyo is a game company from China, but it does not allow local players to experience the appearance of the full game.
Why China Wants to Censor Games
If players pay attention to the announcement, they can find that the official has completed this change in a hasty way. This means that there is no such change in the original plan, and it needs to be changed in a short time. According to the data, this change is because the game has been reported a lot. Since the age limit of Genshin Impact is set to be over 12 years old, the game will also have many underage players. The game contained too much nudity and objectified women, so the local government quickly took action. Therefore, in response to the relevant audit requirements, the official will have this appearance adjustment.
In fact, this situation is very common in China. Many Chinese games are censored because the characters are too sexy. The main reason is that China does not have a very clear regulation on character modeling design. Whether the styling can be accepted depends on the Chinese regulators or the public’s response. To say that being too sexy is to objectify women is actually a bit of an exaggeration. If it is really bad, this culture will not be spread for so many years.
For this incident, most Chinese players are relatively resistant, and even criticize the official approach. Since Chinese players complained that the characters in their minds have been changed, the official apologized and gave each Chinese player 1,200 rough stones as compensation. However, Chinese players are still dissatisfied with this move.
The change of Genshin Impact this time is only a preliminary stage, and there may be more similar changes in the future. What do players think about such an event?