Slaves wanted to build Hong Kong pyramid

Central Station | Nury Vittachi 8 Nov 2018

Top video game players around the world are going mad over an action game set in this city. Shadowrun is filled with dark but beautiful moody graphics of the city's skyline, filled with recognizable Hong Kong structures - plus a whopping great pyramid!

"The game doesn't explain why there's a pyramid dominating our skyline," said gamester Tsang Ka-yiu. "Either the designers know something about Hong Kong architectural plans that the rest of us don't, or he got his source material mixed up."

As The Standard reported yesterday, about 140 games feature Hong Kong as a location.

Shadowrun's storyline: The date is AD 2056. There is no longer any real government in Hong Kong. The city is controlled entirely by tycoons who own mega-corporations.

Well, that's a bit far-fetched!

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Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po is warning people off Bitcoins, saying they are dangerous to buy.

True. But they're good to sell. Things you can sell to unsuspecting friends as Bitcoins: 1) game arcade tokens; 2) foreign coins; 3) toy medals;

4) chocolate money.

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It's good that Chan does not trust the big international media on topics like Bitcoins.

Washington Post, January 19, 2016: "R.I.P. Bitcoin. It's time to move on."

Washington Post, September 11, 2018: "Get ready for Big Bitcoin!"

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Why do I keep having the following conversation with my Bitcoin-owning friends?

Him: "I now have a million dollars in Bitcoins."

Me: "Great, the drinks are on you tonight."

Him: "Oh no, I don't have any real money."

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"Look into my eye." Engineers are replacing human passport-checkers with robot face readers at Hong Kong airport's immigration gates.

Four are already up and running, and engineers have another 40 ready to install.

The camera eye looks at your face, compares it with records of who is supposed to be traveling today, and then decides whether it wants to let you through.

The system will be for all travellers, not just ones with Hong Kong ID cards.

I mentioned this to a colleague who said: "Hey, wait a minute. How does the computer know what everyone looks like?"

"This is China," I replied.

The safest attitude is to just assume the Communist Party of China already has full access to your iCloud photo storage file. Which is why I keep mine filled with pictures of my buttocks.

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Hong Kong property crash update! The number of homes traded in October was the lowest in 22 years, said agency Centaline.

Property owners are weeping floods of tears:

"Boo hooo! My apartment has gone down 16 percent. That means it's only up 11,593 percent overall. Waaaah!"

Awww, poor guys, you gotta feel sorry for them, right?


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On the subject of clever Hong Kong names, reader Lesley Carey said: "At HSBC we had a Marmalade Tin."

Reader Nigel Lo said his personal favorite was "Never Wong", a Hong Kong super-tutor whose name sounds like "never wrong".

But Adrian Chan said that Never Wong's name could lead to awkward conversations.

Police: "Give me your name."

Tutor: "Never."

Police: "Give me your name."

Tutor: "Never!"

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