Enjoy Kane & Lynch: Dog Days? We did. Apparently, however, not everyone had such a great experience with the game. In fact, one Chinese lawyer thinks it’s so bad, he’s suing the developers two years after its release.
The lawsuit isn’t so much over the game’s quality (such is not a question), but rather its portrayal of the Chinese people. The game is set in Shanghai, and it’s true; it doesn’t exactly showcase Chinese culture at its peak. However, to be fair, not much in the game is a realistic portrayal of anything at all.
“I can’t bear it, especially the vicious vilifying of our people,” said Liu, a lawyer from Beijing Shuangli Law Firm. “They must be taught a lesson.”
While on the surface this seems to be a completely ludicrous legal claim, it does actually raise a question: is portraying people of a specific nationality in a poor light in a video game racist? One Chinese lawyer seems to think so, and he’s willing to go to court to make the point.