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Hong Kong protesters co-opt GTA for their riots, get owned by mainland gamers – if only it would all stay online

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GTA V, an action-adventure game originally released in 2013, was updated last month with the Diamond Casino Heist expansion pack, which expanded options for character clothing. Within days, gamers were dressing up in gas masks and yellow safety helmets, the “Hong Kong hero” outfit worn by protesters in the autonomous Chinese city.

The virtual protesters then set about re-creating real-life mayhem, throwing fire bombs at police, smashing mass transit stations, and so on.

There was a downside, however. GTA V has an online mode that allows up to 30 players to engage with each other, and mainland Chinese gamers reportedly made a point of dressing up as police and battling........

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