Chinese Government Forcing Online Gamers to Use Real Names

January 16, 2009 -

There will be no hiding behind a screen name for Chinese gamers, apparently.

According to brief report in People's Daily Online, China's notoriously Internet-repressive government will begin requiring online gamers to register using their real names.

A government official, Zhang Yijun, director of the General Administration of Press and Publication's Technology and Digital Publication Department, is cited as PDO's source.

Zhang also indicated that the operations of four online game companies have been suspended after Chinese government inspectors discovered that their software did not contain the required anti-addiction system.

UPDATE: IncGamers has more info:

...the real name registration system does not mean that gamers cannot use screen-names, but rather that their online gaming accounts must be linked to their real world identification number, which is issued by the government.

[A Chinese gamer] went on to explain that linking a gamer's online account to their ID number means the government can keep track of how long underage gamers are playing. Minors are limited to playing for three hours per day...


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Re: Chinese Government Forcing Online Gamers to Use Real Names

The manner in which China tries to micromanage and manipulate every facet of their citizen's thoughts and actions is really really fucking scary.  But then again that is the direction that America is heading, what with things like the so called "Patriot" Act.

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You know those laws every state has that are really weird or just unenforceable but are there anyway? That's probably what this law will end up being, because honestly, there's no possible way it'll be successfully enforceable.

I remember a while back people were saying China was "cracking down on internet porn" and "raiding people's homes for browsing porn" or some nonsense, because of some porn law. Nothing like that ever happened. I'm almost 100% certain this law will meet the same fate.

But that probably won't matter to your average Western poster, who's been so brainwashed by the decades of media propaganda that they actually believe that Satan himself and his devil underlings live in China and are threatening America's security. Honestly, does anyone who read these "such-and-such law being made" news reports actually follow up on them? Or do they just keep adding to their media-fueled rage machine?

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"their online gaming accounts must be linked to their real world identification number, which is issued by the government.

[A Chinese gamer] went on to explain that linking a gamer's online account to their ID number means the government can keep track of how long underage gamers are playing. Minors are limited to playing for three hours per day... "

So all one has to do to cheat the system is to put in someone else's ID number. Great, now Identity Theft is on the list of ways in which gaming is ruining society.

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" linked to their real world identification number, which is issued by the government."

Another reminder of why we should never let our government do the same thing

*is reminded of SS numbers

Ah fuck.

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Re: Chinese Government Forcing Online Gamers to Use Real Names

But there can only be one billion variations to before you begin to run into an already used SSN. This has had to have happened by now. That's only so many generations.

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*facepalm*

Idiots, the whole lot of them.

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Re: Chinese Government Forcing Online Gamers to Use Real Names

China's history of rebellion is a bloody one, we'll likely see another bloodbath in our lifetimes. The internet cannot be controlled, nor will it be contained for much longer.

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Does this mean that people will be allowed to register more than one of each name in China now? Cause I know in America screen names have to be unique lol.

Plus what's with the, oh BS the Western world isn't any less brainwashed comment up near the top? Brainwashing is brainwashing right it's still bad... And I don't think we're brainwashed to buy the latest greateset thing, It's just really nice to have it. Wish I had it lol.

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It's sad that the chinese populace support their oppressive government.

Just imagine if even a quarter of that country woke up to an uncensored world and fought against the government.

I can't imagine how fast they would overthrow their government.


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I wonder how fast ALL of those people disappered never to be heard form again... and more importantly if anyone would actually notice that some millions out of a billion vanished...

Re: Chinese Government Forcing Online Gamers to Use Real Names

Well, I can imagine - not very fast.

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They will need better methods of stopping tanks though...

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I hear explosive devices can be improvised...

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Couldn't scammers take advantage of this?

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If that happens than surely nothing can protect the people from the internet which should then be banned...

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Well one of the problems I see with this system is the names children will start having. I mean it's nothing short of cruel to name your kid Gordock1827.

 

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This is China so most of the names will be Lee23422134 and Huy6953224...

 

Re: Chinese Government Forcing Online Gamers to Use Real Names

But, but. What if the name is taken?

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Wow, imagine if all the people on GamePolitics were forced to post using their real names...

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Win!

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well...I kinda see that happening with fear of a few things in the internet...

I was once talking to this woman who loved chatrooms, until her chatroom that she was on was closed down because of the 'fear' of (you know).

And now she is like we have to protect the children from the dangers of the internet and videogames...

I think it is THAT sort of fear that governments easily make people believe that they need to be protected instead of letting them know about how to manage your time online and how to be careful about stranger danger...

If I was in the government, I would talk less about protecting the children and more about how to let people know about what to do to protect yourself and leave the responsibilities to the individuals knowing I have told them how to be safe and it is up to personal responsibility to help out individuals.

 

Sadly, if I used that tactic in politics, people would not like me because they would expect me to solve all their problems even though I can't really control everything in life.

 

I guess that is why so many politicians fool other people into voting for them if they shout all about changing the world when all they can do is help people but change only the little things in life.

 

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I do like that idea.

Then if it fails, the Government doesn't have to take the blame, it'd simply be "It's no one's fault but your own"

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You know how many people in China have the exact same name? Good luck with that when you go after the wrong person in a country of billions.

When Jack Thompson runs his mouth, does anyone really care what he has to say anymore?

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How exactly are they planning on enforcing this? To practice it seems...implausable.

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Umm.......why not sponsor online activity and make people sign up with a online name to use for all online activites?

I mean if you want to track youer popualce be open about it and do it in fou commercial style...they will never know the difference...

 

Mew thinks they are missing the point....


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This ought to happen. Given the fact a third of the world lives in Asia, and the majority of this portion in China, how does the governement plan to deal with the situation if two gamers have the exact same name?

One gets to play while the other better shut the fuck up?

Then again, if a Chinese gamer dare ask the governement about that, or anything in fact... Jail-time or execution! For a country with a culture thousands of years older than most others, China sure has a blind/self (outdated?) minded way to exerce it's power...

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The article states that each Chinese has an unique government issued ID number that they are required to link with their game accounts. Not their actual name.

I guess to the Chinese government, the number would be their actual name. Kinda makes me snicker @ a lot of "urban" people in the US who have a street name that they go by and what they call their "government name" for legal purposes. Poor ignorant saps have no clue how lucky they are to be recognized by a name (no matter how much they dislike it) instead of just a number.

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What do you call your social security number?

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Thousand year old democracies are a rarity, instead you have either monarchies or autocracies, the diffrance IMO autocracies are new forms of government where as monarchies have lasted for hundreds of years . China lost its monarchy switched to a dictatorship/autocracy and has been on that tract of of government since. Monarchies founded on dictatorships are still dictatorships.

China is merely a modern updated stable autocratic authoritarian government using the old world mentality of people are the fodder of for government unlike the new world rule where the people are sheep to be herded.....

 

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If the people are "happy"(IE dieing in mass daily to fight agisnt the state of repression) with what they have why is it so important they have things that they do not know of?
The realities of managing large populations of people is nightmarish and no one style of government is perfect, life is harsh either way.

If they can not keep up they will collapse the same if they go to war with the world so all they can do is slide into a true consumer based government as government wont get money to maintain itself holding the economy down on a individualize basis.

And even if they had democracy look at the brainwashing in the mid east, you can not simply over write decades if not centuries of stagnant mindsets , my point, the more things change the more they stay the same.


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Problem is, the government has had that much longer to jump to the conclusion that it knows better than the people it governs, and the people have had that much longer to not know any other way.

That's why you have to start fighting it from the start.

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Sadly, a lot of Chiinese think there's nothing wrong with this sort of thing.  They truly believe that the government's actions are there to protect them, not to suppress.  The Chinese government is mostly concerned about political "revolution," the idea that if you let the masses get too independant and learned, they'll work to reform the government (peacefully or otherwise).  They're actually pretty good at brainwashing the populace into accepting just about any cencoring measure, as it's "for their own good."

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Oh please. Just because the western world has been brainwahsed to believe different kinds of bullshit (such as you NEED to buy the latest and greatest in everything or you are nothing) doesn't make them any less brainwashed.

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Living in that part of the planet, I'd have to agree.

Usually the stuff is advertised udner the guise of saving money right now.

 

At least it seems as if "reality" shows are thinning out, even if american Idol is still there.

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Yeah, I'd like to apologse on behalf of Britain for Simon Cowell inflicting that steaming turd on you.

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Re: Chinese Government Forcing Online Gamers to Use Real Names

We save your asses in TWO World Wars and THIS is how you repay us?

Re: Chinese Government Forcing Online Gamers to Use Real Names

They also gave us Teletubbies. Those monsters.

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LOL ahhh, that was funny :P

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"anti-addiction system"?

Wonder how that works...

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Anything that discourages long gaming sessions. In Chinese World of Warcraft versions, characters earn progressively less experience the longer they are logged in.

Kotaku has more on that: http://kotaku.com/gaming/china/china-rolls-out-anti+addiction-software-2...
Interestingly, this article from almost two years ago also mentions forcing players to register with their real names.

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So, to stop people playing for long periods of time, they make a system where you have to play for longer to level up?

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Ya sounds backwards dont it? funny enough this was actually going to be implemented on all wow servers before it went live. Think of it as reverse rested xp, you get tired and earn less xp, which is supposed to be incentive to log out at an Inn or city for a few hours to get rested xp again and you actually lvl up faster than someone who stay logged in the whole time trying to lvl. They wisely got rid of that before it went live tho.

I had heard a while back that china went a step further and if you were logged in too long you would LOSE xp and at some point if you were logged in too long your character would be reset back to lvl 1. Story i read somewhere, forget where, dunno if it ever got confirmed.

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Blizzard actually altered their game and gave into the demands of these people?! Wtf... Yeah... China.

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Asia's a big market, especially China, I won't be surprised.

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Shame them into stop playing online games, I guess?

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And this is the kind of world our censors would have us live in.

Eternally monitorable, and subject to their own definitions of everything.

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And this is why I thought Mirror's Edge was set in China.

 

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It can't have been set in China - Not enough Smog.

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Unluckily, I could see a lot more countries trying to enforce this type of law...

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