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Markham-based company pulls controversial video game “Dirty Chinese Restaurant”

CityNews | posted Friday, Oct 6th, 2017

Screen capture of the video game "Dirty Chinese Restaurant"

A Markham-based company says it will not be releasing the controversial video game “Dirty Chinese Restaurant.”

Big-O-Tree Games posted a statement on its website, saying after careful consideration and listening to public opinion they decided it was not in anyone’s best interest to release the game.

The game was described as the “first ever restaurant simulation where you have the choice of running a prestigious Oriental establishment or a real filthy dive!” Players chase cats and dogs with a cleaver, scavenge for ingredients and dodge immigration officials.

The game was condemned as being “offensive and racist,” especially to the Chinese community.

Big-O-Tree defended the product, calling it satire and influenced by classic politically incorrect shows such as ‘South Park,’ ‘All in the Family,’ and ‘Simpsons.’

On Thursday, they issued an apology to the Chinese community.

“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,” read the statement posted Thursday.

Markham mayor Frank Scarpitti tweeted his approval of the decision to pull the gameScreenshot-2017-10-6-Frank-Scarpitti-on-Twitter-Pleased-to-hear-game-company-will-not-be-releasing-Dirty-Chinese-Restaurant...

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