Resident Evil 3 angers patriotic Chinese gamers with a passcode
Some see the number 918 as reference to Japan’s invasion of China
The much-anticipated Japanese game Resident Evil 3 isn’t even out yet, but it’s already angering some patriotic Chinese gamers. Some see a three-digit passcode in the game as a reference to a sensitive date related to Japan’s invasion of China prior to World War II.
As both an action and a puzzle game, Resident Evil 3 requires players to look for clues in a given environment to crack various puzzles. One of these puzzles involves figuring out the combination to a safe. The answer is found on a poster on the wall that shows the digits 9, 1 and 8 in a phone number circled with a marker.
This might seem like a coincidence, but some gamers said Capcom should know better than to use such a number.
Only a small portion of gamers in China appear to be offended over the 918 combination, though. Other Chinese gamers questioned whether their fellow countrymen were being too sensitive.
But as much as Resident Evil 3 might be anticipated in China, it won’t officially be available there when it launches. Games sold in China need to be approved by the government. However, many gamers will likely get Resident Evil 3 from Steam, which remains largely unregulated by authorities.
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