China Announces New Game Crackdown

China is mounting a renewed crackdown against "undesirable" online games.

A Reuters reports cites Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency, which attributes the government action to concerns over crime and Internet addiction. More than 40 million Chinese now participate in online games.

Kou Xiaowei of China’s General Administration of Press and Publication explained:

Although China’s online gaming industry had been hot in recent years, online games are regarded by many as a sort of spiritual opium and the whole industry is marginalised by mainstream society. If we don’t make adjustments, the industry will suffer sooner or later.

The lack of a content rating system and widespread availability of bootlegged products have hampered official efforts to regulate games.

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18 comments

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Only because rogue elements on both sides of the political spectrum have hijacked it.  Conservatives say what you posted, while liberals (i.e. white people ashamed at being white) believe they can say anything about Judeo-Christian principles, but nobody can say anything that might be construed as mean against any so-called "protected minorities."

     

    Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone’s feelings.

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    Gaming Observer says:

    "Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth."

    Wrong.  Freedom of speech protects the conservative (i.e. small and broken) brain to say and suggest that homosexuality is immoral and that gays will go to hell.  None of that is true.

    Truth has nothing to do with freedom of speech.

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Touche.

     

    Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone’s feelings.

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    michaelleung says:

    They’ve got a new games rating system, similar to the ESRB. There are only three categories though:

    C for Communist
    I for Indecent
    M for Made by Running dog capitalists (it’s banned).

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    jedidethfreak says:

    No, I don’t believe you.  Our President just wants to take over all of the industries in the country, weaken us in front of our enemies and tell our friends we were always wrong and they were always right.  Not to mention putting us so far in debt that my children won’t be able to pay it back.

     

    Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone’s feelings.

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    cpu64 says:

    Calm down shahab…

    That is called BIG GOVERNMENT, they tell you want you need and take what you want.

    Guess what other nation is on its way to having similar government intrusions and regulations??

    Here’s a hint, it starts with U, S and A.

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Versus America’s "Anyone who doesn’t share the opinion of the left is a racist, sexist, homophobic, greedy, unhelping, intolerant, warmongering, fearmongering asshole."

     

    Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone’s feelings.

    I didn’t vote for Barack Obama, and that doesn’t make me racist.

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    MaskedPixelante says:

    The Chinese anti-fun police are starting to make America’s "Anyone who doesn’t share the opinion of the right is a terrorist" intolerance seem fun by comparison.

    —You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

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    CarsAreScary says:

    40 million Chinese now participate in online games? It’s almost as if they’re trying to escape some.. harsh.. reality-CHINA PLEASE DON’T KILL ME!!

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    Cheater87 says:

    IIRC when I imported Siren New Translations there was a sticker on it saying along the lines of "WARNING" Do not sell, give, lend, play infront of anyone under 18.


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