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Lo Wang? Really?


I started this game tonight. Shadow Warrior.

Yeah, protagonist is Lo Wang. When I type “shadow warrior” into Google, the auto-complete I get is “wang jokes.” In the game, though, he’s more of a doughy chainsmoking Japanese who looks like he’d be happier playing Bingo. Or slots. What do they play in those huge casinos, anyway? Wait, do the Japanese do that, or just the Chinese?

I’m not far in, and already I have a wise-cracking demon sidekick, a bunch of smartass fortune cookies, and I’m pretty sure that’s Godzilla in the distance. Huh.

Honestly, I don’t know how anyone can be offended by the casual sexism of video games. It’s so hilariously stupid.


Comment from dissent555
Time: August 24, 2015, 10:17 pm

Here in the States we are developing a cottage industry about ways to take offense at the slightest of gossamer nothing and use social media to zap it around the world at 500 kajillion kilometers per picosecond. Thus bullshit is faster than light.

Welcome to the future.

Comment from dissent555
Time: August 24, 2015, 10:21 pm

Oh, and holy crap; one of the Euonymus bushes out side my window has a red leaf on it already.

It was nice knowing you, summertime.

Comment from xul
Time: August 24, 2015, 11:10 pm

Ya mean pachinko? That’s still big in Japan.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: August 24, 2015, 11:45 pm

Gambling is much bigger with Chinese than Japanese, AFAIK. There is a huge casino industry in Macao, and fat-cat Chinese punters are seen in Vegas, but I’ve never heard of casinos in Japan.

Comment from Some Talking Vegetable
Time: August 25, 2015, 1:22 am

The name ‘Lo Wang’ is (would be) Chinese -not Japanese. Neither his facial features nor his beard would be Japanese, although his sword appears to be a Japanese katana – not a style of weapon used by the Chinese. The Japanese do gamble and Pachinko is a mild form of gambling but they aren’t insane about it like the Chinese seem to be.

But -Hey! It’s a Video Game! so who cares?

It reminds me of the complaints about the Disney movie about Pocahontas where people started whining about historical inaccuracies. Some wise man whose name I sadly don’t recall pointed out:

“Are you really expecting historical accuracy from a company which specializes in movies about talking animals?”

Comment from mojo
Time: August 25, 2015, 2:48 am

And his partner, Won Hung Lo…

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: August 25, 2015, 3:01 am

Also, of course, honorable Chinese weatherman Yusual Lee Wong…

Comment from Jeff Gauch
Time: August 25, 2015, 3:26 am

Man, the original version of that was a big hit in the dorm my freshman year.

“Look, you have new friend!”

Comment from mojo
Time: August 25, 2015, 5:05 am

And besides, he’s a world-class killer and psycho, he can carry whichever big knife he wants.

Comment from MikeW
Time: August 26, 2015, 3:44 pm

‘ellow Wang.

Would that be the proper Brit pronunciation for your fighter’s name. Much more chucklesome if it is. 🙂

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