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Those terrifying enemies include seals, basically a cross between a baby and a kitten, and as such Nintendo of America found the seal-clubbing to be as distasteful for American audiences as a blubber kebab.

series, but they first appeared in their own platform game in 1984.

In it, you scale a series of mountain levels, fighting off monsters.

Memes and nicknames of Chinese President Xi Jinping (including, strangely, Winnie the Pooh) have been blocked on social media platforms.

Potential criticism of Xi’s allies, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been censored.

(This is a situation that's been brewing since the 13th century; native Tibetans have presumably been waiting all this time for a football management sim to champion their cause for independence.) In order for the game to be properly released in China, Tibet was annexed into China - but only in the game.

The enormously popular messaging app Whats App has just joined Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on the expanding list of social media platforms blocked by the Chinese government.

Will Wright's simulation of an ant colony suffered the ire of Nintendo of America when it landed on the SNES. The censors were fine with the death; they were more concerned with the little animation that played when your ants were sharing food, where it appeared one ant was vomiting masticated matter into another's welcoming pincers.

Was it the death sequences, where other ants come along and rip your ant's limbs off, leaving you in pieces? It's a tiny change, as the scene lasts a fraction of a second, but nonetheless the puke provisions were removed.

Events like the death of Liu Xiaobo or the protests in Hong Kong during the 20th anniversary of its handover to China mean that the CCP is doubling down on efforts to control even more of what its own citizens can see and read.

This partial ban on Whats App is just one of several signs that the highly censored country is about to become even more restrictive.

“By blocking Whats App, the authorities have shut down one of the few remaining free and encrypted messaging apps but, more importantly, they have also limited the ability for Chinese to have private conversations with their peers,” Charlie Smith, a Chinese censorship researcher known only by his pseudonym, told the Guardian.

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