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Political Protest as a Video Game

"Yellow Umbrella" is a free Android app. The smartphone game allows users to take part in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests. Users must defend against tear gas-wielding police officers, triad and anti-Occupy protesters. Players cannot attack assailants, but can defend using umbrellas, incense sticks and durian fruit. It might be a game, but it has a serious message.

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Users are placed on virtual blockades that they must defend against tear gas-wielding police officers, triad and anti-Occupy protesters. In keeping with the non-violent nature of the student-led protests, players cannot attack assailants, but can defend using umbrellas, incense sticks and durian fruit. It might be a game, but it has a serious message.