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In Grand Theft Auto, Hong Kong Protestors Clash with Chinese Police


On city streets, Hong Kong protestors clash with police officers from mainland China. But this isn’t Hong Kong — it’s Los Santos, in Grand Theft Auto V Online.

This month, Rockstar Games released The Diamond Casino Heist expansion, adding new playable games, cars, and clothing options. Players in Hong Kong soon noticed that those clothing options allowed them to recreate the go-to “Hong Kong protestor” outfit — black clothes, hard hat, gas mask.


Hong Kong Protestors and Pro-Government Developers Offer Competing Video Games

What followed next was an exquisite virtual happening. Players from mainland China showed up in force, dressed as riot police and wielding water cannons. In the end, China’s water police overwhelmed Hong Kong’s protestors with sheer numbers.

This isn’t even the first time video games have become an unlikely outlet for Hong Kong’s political tension — one Hong Kong-developed simulator allows players to take on the role of a protestor. Meanwhile, a Chinese developer released a game which allowed players to beat up protestors.

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Adan Kohnhorst
Adan Kohnhorst is a US-based writer, producer, multimedia artist, and former associate editor at RADII. His work has been featured in publications such as Maxim and the Chinese-language StreetVoice, and he’s an active member of the hip hop and DIY music scenes in Shanghai, NYC, and Dallas. He learned Mandarin in high school to train at the Shaolin Temple but now uses it to interview rappers. He blogs about China and Asia on Instagram: @this.is.adan

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