Molehill Mountain Episode 165 – Okay, Let’s Talk About Activision Blizzard

Money over morals.

  • 0:33 – There’s a game called School Girl Zombie Hunter. Would you be surprised if I told you it’s not very good?
  • 7:02 – Japanese gamers are not happy about the fact that Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is based on the Western localization that censored and changed some content.
  • 25:48 – Activision Blizzard doesn’t want you speaking out against human rights abuses if doing so MIGHT jeopardize a PORTION of its massive bottom line.
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Chat Transcript:

6:58 PMaddictedtochaosHello

7:02 PMTheRiverAnduinhey Andrew, did you hear about Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE encore global release on switch being based of of the US release of the Wii U version. Nintendo Japan are offering refunds to japanese users.

7:03 PMaddictedtochaosMight be an offshoot of Onechanbara

7:04 PMaddictedtochaosCause reasons

7:06 PMTheRiverAnduinI played the Onechanbara game on Wii, gameplay is boring after awhile dont try to play more than an hour at a time.

7:06 PMaddictedtochaosUse Bayonetta 2

7:06 PMSuperMetalDave64I’ll be there again for the Charity stream in 2 weeks, I’m not sure what time I’ll show up yet, but I’ll be there lol

7:07 PMTheRiverAnduinyeah I bought my copy for $4 at gamestop.

7:07 PMaddictedtochaosWhich game I may know if it is any good.

7:08 PMaddictedtochaosNot familiar

7:09 PMTheRiverAnduinI think I might get Omega Labyrinth Life on Switch from play asia physical copy.

7:09 PMaddictedtochaosThere is always Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash = Splatoon with Boobs. Lol


7:10 PMaddictedtochaosYou can play single player

7:10 PMSuperMetalDave64So is this game censored due to Nintendo publishing it? These other games are borderline Japanese soft core games that Nintendo allows on their system

7:11 PMTheRiverAnduinNintendo has said that third party games will not be censored, but published first party games are of course now still changed.

7:14 PMTheRiverAnduinthe ages were changed to 18+ for all character in TMS

7:16 PMaddictedtochaosMoral of the story, censorship bad.

7:16 PMTheRiverAnduinspeaking of content option COD world at war in Wii let you choose when starting the game to turn graphic violence and war footage for single player.

7:16 PMSuperMetalDave64Did you hear the news recently that Reggie was actually the reason why Disaster Day of Crisis didn’t come to the United States on the Wii? “Did you Know Gaming” did a new video on it last week

7:17 PMpsychadelic snakecensorship bad

7:17 PMpsychadelic snakeblizzard bad

7:18 PMSuperMetalDave64Reggie called it “laughable and overpriced and would watch it’s sales overseas” and of course Disaster Day of Crisis never made it to the United States, ever.

7:19 PMTheRiverAnduinwe all knew that about Reggie for years, no fatal frame 2 and 4 on Wii.

7:19 PMotritzuThe only character that’s under 18 that I ran into when playing it on the Wii U was a fan who was quite literally one year younger than the female lead who is 18.

7:20 PMSuperMetalDave64well, adios Reggie then 😉 lol

7:22 PMTheRiverAnduinR rating from the MPAA used to be 16 before the X rating was replaced with R17+ and NC-17 rating. also drinking used to be 18 in the US before a federal highway grant wanted states to change to 21

7:23 PMaddictedtochaosI don’t even like horror games and I would have bought fatal frame for Wii U of it had gotten a physical release. Or imported it from Europe if the Wii U had been region free.

7:24 PMTheRiverAnduinff5 $50 never on sale

7:25 PMaddictedtochaosYes Activision

7:25 PMpsychadelic snakeno russian was a vital story plot, but yeah it was a smart move

7:26 PMpsychadelic snakeif I remember the message said “this scene most find very offensive but it is a very vital part of the story, if you do not wish to see, then you can skip with no consequences”

7:29 PMmatthew wilsonlol blizzard messed up so bad as the make a international incedent, dont know wether I should be happy games are big enough that a company can do that, or embarrassed

7:30 PMaddictedtochaosBlizzard is choosing a bad hill to die on.

7:32 PMpsychadelic snakeimagine being an American based company then BENDING the knee to a communist country

7:32 PMpsychadelic snakeblizzard is disgusting

7:33 PMpsychadelic snakeuh oh Andrew, you spoke about china, your social credit will drop by 150 points

7:34 PMaddictedtochaosRemember anyone boycotting Blizzard needs to boycott Activision as well.

7:35 PMmatthew wilsonthey were afraid the ccp would ban them from china’s market short and simple, blizzard thinks they will be able to make a lot more in china, so they dont want to get banned

7:35 PMTheRiverAnduinUK leased hong kong from china

7:35 PMaddictedtochaosUK made the mistake of giving HK back in 1997.

7:36 PMNicholas DickeyAndrew explains so well.

7:37 PMpsychadelic snakeTiananmen square 2 electric boogaloo

7:37 PMNicholas DickeyForgot about Winnie The Pooh thing hahaha

7:37 PMpsychadelic snakethe Chinese can’t handle bants

7:41 PMTheRiverAnduinred dawn remake was going to use china as the bad guy, but Chinese invested pressured the studio to change it to north korea.

7:43 PMmatthew wilsonits not half their revenue, its 5%, but they think it will be way more infuture

7:43 PMaddictedtochaosHaven’t verified this myself, but I heard that Tencent owns 5% of Activision/Blizzard

7:46 PMpsychadelic snakeblizzard are commies! they aren’t for democracy

7:46 PMNicholas DickeyWow, didn’t know they fired the interviewers too, yikes

7:47 PMpsychadelic snakeblizzard – we must protect our Chinese overlords, we like money more than freedom

7:48 PMTheRiverAnduinMark Kern was on Rekieta Law youtube live stream talking about the blizzard china mess.

7:49 PMmatthew wilsonalso alot of chinise citizans belive it too

7:49 PMmatthew wilsonitsd not just the ccp

7:50 PMotritzuSounds like Blizz is being threatened by the Chinese government.

7:50 PMjordan thompsonbut but Andrew they have to make all the money

7:50 PMaddictedtochaosBut they have to have ALL THE MONEY!!!

7:51 PMjordan thompsonAndrew the fine print clearly says “as long as you dont disagree with us”

7:52 PMpsychadelic snakesomething awful changed their blizzard forums to “free Hong Kong”

7:53 PMjordan thompsonhow has blizzerd not partnered with dairy queen

7:56 PMjordan thompsonwhen all out of options “plausable deniability”

7:57 PMpsychadelic snakeAndrew! people have a theory about that ‘apolpogy’ letter

7:57 PMNicholas DickeyDidn’t the interviewers duck down and try not to be in the video interview when the gamer said all that?

7:58 PMpsychadelic snakethe blizzard letter was released on the morning for us…BUT it was dated October 11th!

7:58 PMaddictedtochaosAbout half of Epic and all of Riot.

7:59 PMpsychadelic snakeand a Chinese to English translator said that the way the letter was written, was written by someone who was a native English speaker

7:59 PMpsychadelic snakeso the theory is that, blizzard didnt even write that letter, it was a someone from CHINA

8:00 PMpsychadelic snakeso Haha Haha they even outsourced their damage control letter to the Chinese

8:03 PMjordan thompsonhow long do you really think the blowback is gonna be. as I hear the young people tell me we’re all gonna die from globe warming in 5 years.

8:05 PMpsychadelic snakeironic that those folk who say we are gonna die from global warming are the same folk who don’t pick up trash

8:05 PMpsychadelic snakeban straws, but nothing more yeah?

8:05 PMjordan thompsonive heard that chinses moneys pretty good Andrew. its morals or money pick a lane.

8:06 PMmatthew wilsonbullshit, no they wouldnt

8:06 PMpsychadelic snakebut yeah the blizzard letter wasn’t written by the president, the fact that it came out October 10th, but was dated October 11th so super fucking suspicious

8:06 PMjordan thompsonwhat about dangrous puppies

8:07 PMotritzuDidn’t say anything out loud. I’m pretty sure the organizers got threatened by someone on the scene.

8:07 PMpsychadelic snakelocal Chinese player found dead from suicide from 2 shots to the back of the head

8:07 PMNicholas DickeyGood point, he didn’t disrupt or say anything divisive

8:07 PMpsychadelic snakethe Chinese government refuses to comment

8:08 PMjordan thompsoninstead of “for the horde” it’s now “for the yen”

8:08 PMpsychadelic snakeyen is the Japanese currency

8:08 PMjordan thompsonoops

8:08 PMpsychadelic snake>prizing

8:08 PMNicholas Dickeyisn’t the original land of WoW an island nation trying to get along their way?

8:08 PMpsychadelic snakethere’s the glaring translation error

8:08 PMNicholas Dickeylol jordan

8:09 PMpsychadelic snakeI still believe that the president didn’t write that, just the way some of the wording is

8:09 PMpsychadelic snakedoesn’t seem like something a native English speaker would say

8:10 PMpsychadelic snake>social and political views

8:10 PMjordan thompsonwhy would you wanna go back to where youre not welcome. theres some fault on both sides but pretty sure they lost a fan(s)

8:10 PMpsychadelic snakearen’t they politicizing overwatch?

8:11 PMpsychadelic snakespeaking of OW, in China. soldier 76 and teacher are straight in the Chinese OW

8:11 PMpsychadelic snakeso nice lore blizzard

8:11 PMNicholas Dickeybut they are commodifying the “inclusive” imagery in overwatch instead of necessarily welcoming it, apparently

8:11 PMpsychadelic snakeBLIZZARD BTFO LMAOOOO

8:12 PMpsychadelic snakedrinking beer, laughing at a stupid ass company and eating taquitos

8:12 PMpsychadelic snakeAndrew made my night

8:14 PMpsychadelic snakehey if you Google blizzard, Google will say that its a chinaware store in California

8:16 PMpsychadelic snakeblizzard also won’t let people delete their accounts, don’t forget that gem of a detail

8:16 PMjordan thompsonbizzard isnt dealing with things right but on the other hand its not really respectful to protest during an event even if it’s civil theres a time and place for everything

8:16 PMaddictedtochaosBobby Kotick is one of the biggest cancers in the entire industry.

8:17 PMpsychadelic snakeblizzard is an American company, if you bend the knee to a communist country over one shitposter, then I say they deserve it.

8:18 PMpsychadelic snakeflex being American on the chinese, go to a Chinese restaurant and demand a fork

8:19 PMjordan thompsonjust imagine signs at the airports going into china saying “no winnie the pooh beyond this point”

8:19 PMpsychadelic snakeoh Andrew you forgot that after mei became a Hong Kong symbol, they removed the mei statue from their store

8:20 PMpsychadelic snakealso the blizzard Chinese social media account saying they will defend the integrity of china

8:23 PMpsychadelic snakeoh and the CEO of epic games (who is owned majority by tencent) said that they won’t punish players for saying free hong kong

8:25 PMTheRiverAnduinI dont know but I think Reggie did not volunteer a personal salery cut. only the Japanese exec did.

8:26 PMpsychadelic snakesneak a pooh costume

8:27 PMaddictedtochaosIt was Iwata, Miyamoto and a handful of others.

8:27 PMpsychadelic snakethe costume is thick, so you got a good 10-20 seconds before the chinese security guards remove your pooh head costume and beat you down

8:27 PMaddictedtochaosDiablo mobile

8:28 PMjordan thompsonnew starcraft …. for mobile

8:28 PMpsychadelic snakeummmm, do you guys not have phones?????

8:28 PMjordan thompsonAndrew dont you have a phone

8:29 PMRotten TanukiSup Andrew

8:29 PMpsychadelic snakeI cannot wait for blizzcon, how long before someone rushes the stage dressed as pooh bear?

8:30 PMjordan thompsonwhelp back to runescape

8:30 PMTheRiverAnduinI have a phone a cheap one that cannot even play mario run

8:30 PMpsychadelic snakeits gonna be a dumpster fire

8:30 PMpsychadelic snakeand it will be glorious

8:31 PMaddictedtochaosDon Mattrick head of Xbox at the time said (paraphrasing) “we have a product for people without internet the Xbox 360”

8:31 PMjordan thompsonandrew please use your fanbase to get dressed as a fleet of poohs to mob blizzcon

8:31 PMpsychadelic snakeman its not immature, blizzard is a horrible company

8:31 PMpsychadelic snakehell I’m glad we the consumers got them to remove a $175 mei statue from their store

8:32 PMpsychadelic snakewe got the power over blizzard

8:33 PMaddictedtochaosCats might be upset too.

8:33 PMjordan thompsonthe puppy was askin for it she was coming on to me

8:33 PMpsychadelic snakeif I had the money, I would buy a ticket to Blizzcon for me and my friend, we’d both smuggle in pooh near costumes, then wait for the moment then rush the stage in our glorious Chinese costumes

8:35 PMaddictedtochaosCan’t go this was my last week of vacation this year.

8:35 PMScottyJayManSorry im late. Why does Andrew kick puppies?

8:36 PMRotten Tanukiwhat id the puppy piss on your foot., is natural reaction

8:36 PMpsychadelic snakeoh andrew, any updates on the discord server?

8:36 PMjordan thompsonthat soft fleshy part on the belly just feels so good on my boot and the sound after the fact like wedding bells

8:36 PMpsychadelic snake11 people discord server, maximum /comfy/

8:36 PMRotten Tanukithe right thing or billions

8:38 PMRotten Tanukilike south park said ‘tegraty

8:39 PMpsychadelic snakeah its fine, I moderated a 14k member server

8:39 PMjordan thompsonI’m terrible

8:39 PMpsychadelic snakeso a small discord would be Ezpz for me to moderate

8:39 PMRotten Tanukisupermetaldave dropping by?

8:40 PMRotten Tanukisweet!

8:40 PMpsychadelic snakeOH OH BIG NEWS

8:40 PMpsychadelic snakePOSTAL

8:40 PMpsychadelic snakeFOUR

8:41 PMRotten Tanukiwill donate for the 24hr stream I got some Day One Patch Kids plug too

8:42 PMjordan thompsonsucking at video games….. for the children

8:42 PMpsychadelic snakeif I donate enough money ill see Andrew play just dance? haha nice

8:42 PMaddictedtochaosNight Trap is $4.49 on the eShop right now

8:43 PMpsychadelic snakeI will work overtime solely so I can have your sister make you look like a clown

8:43 PMjordan thompsonwe are gonna make you look like libirachie

8:44 PMaddictedtochaosThat could be your after dark game

8:44 PMRotten Tanukisave the hair cut for the stream shave bald for the kids

8:45 PMRotten Tanukitaht’ll be dope

8:46 PMjordan thompsonyou should go on location and let the kids shave your head

8:46 PMpsychadelic snakealright we should stop distracting andrew lest he dies from lack of food

8:47 PMRotten Tanukidid you see the Joker movie yet?

8:47 PMRotten Tanukiis amazing

8:47 PMpsychadelic snakejoker is a character study, its a in-depth look at the character

8:48 PMpsychadelic snakeso its slow paced and not very action-y

8:48 PMRotten Tanukiis intellectually different, right up your ally

8:48 PMpsychadelic snakealright now go eat, lest you expire from the heat and no food

8:48 PMjordan thompsonhurry someone else make andrew talk more

8:48 PMTheRiverAnduinsee ya

8:49 PMpsychadelic snakel8ter andrew

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