Big-O-Tree Games may have originally had the slogan that political correctness is boring while they spent the last year working on the now-cancelled mobile app, Dirty Chinese Restaurant, but the company’s anti-authority, anti-PC facade quickly cracked under the threat of their game being banned from app stores by politicians.
The Canadian game developer recently kowtowed to demands from politicians to cancel the game. Over on their official website they’ve removed all of the promotional material and content for the game, replacing their website content with an apology that reads…
“After careful consideration and taking the time to listen to the publics opinion we have decided it’s not in anyone’s best interest to release Dirty Chinese Restaurant. We would like to make a sincere and formal apology to the Chinese community and wish to assure them that this game was not created with an intentional interest of inflicting harm or malice against Chinese culture.
“Out of respect we will begin removing all marketing media pertaining to DCR off our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube accounts. These accounts will also be removed. We ask the press to please respect our privacy at this time as we begin the task of removing all our content.”
Social Justice Warriors used both the media and social media to get the point across that they would not go silently into the night, and that they would not allow Dirty Chinese Restaurant to release onto the iPhone or Android smart devices.
Politicians from both America and Canada protested online to prevent Big-O-Tree Games from releasing Dirty Chinese Restaurant, as well as sent pleas to Google Play and the iTunes App Store administrators in hopes of ensuring that the game never made it to the mobile storefronts.
The politicians succeeded.
Big-O-Tree Games originally defended their title as satire, and poking fun at some old Chinese stereotypes, which were rife within the game. Players took on the role of a rotund Chinese chef who would hunt down food in the alleyway by killing cats and dogs, fishing for “exotic” flavors in the dumpster, hiring in illegal immigrants, and fighting and killing off a bunch of violent, protesting thugs who seemed to represent the Black Lives Matter group.
Social Justice Warriors complained that the game was racist towards Asians, and that the perpetuating of Chinese stereotypes only harmed the Chinese communities both in America and Canada.
The game didn’t receive much of any kind of support from the media, and so Big-O-Tree Games decided to pull the title before it even released.
Famous comedic director, Mel Brooks, had mentioned recently in an interview that satire and comedy is being killed off in this era due to all the overt political correctness, as reported by the Independent. When satirical games are getting cancelled to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings, you can’t help but realize that Brooks is right.