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Zelda Fans Protest, Smash PS4 Over Very Similar Chinese Game

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Open-world game Genshin Impact has been described as an anime Breath of the Wild. Some Zelda fans in China are not happy about it. At all.

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The Chinese-developed RPG’s first gameplay footage was shown recently at the China Joy gaming expo.

As ZhugeEX and CCN report, the game has been called out for allegedly copying Breath of the Wild.

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Via Twitter user Vivian.Ysy, here is a side-by-side comparison of in-game screenshots.

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At China Joy, Zelda fans took photos of themselves holding their Switch consoles running Breath of the Wild flipping off the Genshin Impact display at the Sony booth. They’re upset that Sony would release such a similar-looking game.

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“Despite this, we noted it was the most popular game at Sony China Joy booth with very long lines,” ZhugeEX tells Kotaku.

Still, as Hachima reports, one guy even destroyed his PS4 in protest.

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Cosplay protest was far less destructive.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

And this is the inherent problem with China. They have zero innovation in pretty much any industry, especially tech. Part of this comes from communism stifling free thought and individual creativity, but really, as a country they pegged themselves to be the cheap labor force and manufacturers for the world’s biggest tech companies and have been resting on their laurels since then. Seriously where’s the apple, Microsoft or Samsung of China? Or specifically, the Nintendo, capcom or From Software? They don’t have one, because everyone, even Chinese assume that any product that comes out of their own country is either low-quality or a rip off, which has driven the materialism of modern Chinese to seek luxury brands from overseas.