Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off the 19th Party Congress on Wednesday with a marathon speech in monotone clocking in at an impressive 3 hours and 23 minutes. While the platitude-filled speech didn’t appear to exactly enthrall delegates or journalists, it did receive quite a lot of applause.
To mark Xi’s lengthy work report address, Chinese tech giant Tencent released a game which allows users to compete to see how many times they can clap for Xi’s words. The game, “Such a Great Speech: Applaud Xi Jinping,” was first noted by What’s on Weibo’s Diandian Guo on Wednesday night when it had apparently been played more than 400 million. Now, it’s play count is over 1.24 billion.
The game begins with a short clip of Xi Jinping’s speech, in which he declares that the Communist Party’s mission is to increase the happiness of the Chinese people, before getting to the real action. Within 19 seconds, players try to see how many times they can tap their phone screen with each tap registering as “clap” for China’s leader.
According to What’s on Weibo, some users claim that they were able to register supersonic scores of 1,600 and 1,800 claps. We, on the other hand, were only able to manage a mere 148.
You can test your skills here (mobile only).
The game’s developer, Tencent, is also the maker of WeChat, China’s favorite social media app which also has prevented users from making changes to their profiles until the end of the month as the congress is in session.
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