CS: GO in China will soon sound like a Hong Kong mafia movie
Donnie Yen, Daniel Wu, Andy Lau and Stephen Chow quotes will be in the Chinese version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
If you’re in China, that might soon be a reality, because CS:GO is going to launch a Chinese language pack which will feature classic quotes from Hong Kong action movies. The quotes come from movies starring Donnie Yen, Daniel Wu, Andy Lau and Stephen Chow -- some of the most famous actors in the business out here.
But to be clear, these quotes won’t be voiced by the Hong Kong actors themselves. Instead, their professional Mandarin dubbers will be delivering these quotes, according to CS:GO China’s official account on WeChat.
If you don’t know who the aforementioned actors are, you simply have to check them out to better your quality of life. (Seriously!)
If I were to go on a limb to compare, I’d say they are basically China’s Bruce Willis, Chris Evans, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bill Murray.
So, back to the game. CS:GO was available to Chinese gamers on Steam -- which is considered a unregulated, grey market -- for years, it wasn’t until last year that CS: GO was officially launched in China by Perfect World.
Since the majority of Chinese CS:GO players are mostly still active on Steam rather than Perfect World’s service, Perfect World has been experimenting with different ways to lure gamers in. For instance, the game is free-to-play, while the company profits from microtransactions in the game.
But at this point, you might ask: “These are the dubbers, not the actors themselves, what’s the big deal?”
Turns out, these professional dubbers are held in high regard in China because they’re crucial in making Cantonese films flourish in mainland China and Taiwan.
For instance, Stephen Chow’s Mandarin is notoriously bad but his movies in Mandarin are successful. That’s because a famous Taiwanese voice actor worked his magic and made Chow’s lines sound equally good in its Mandarin version.
Excited by the news, fans online are already putting out numerous memes on how these timeless quotes can be applied in the game. But some worry that they will be distracted by these hilarious lines.
One gamer said, “I fear I might really laugh out loud while playing this time around”