China Continues War on Games with News Show

December 28, 2009 -

China's state-run news organization continued the country's assault on videogames last week with a special feature entitled "Confession of a Murderer -- Focus on Pornography and Violence in Online Games (Part Two)."

The latest "expose," as reported by Yahoo News, showed a report from a Chinese prison where a mass murderer confessed that online games made him do it. The statistics in the show reported that 80 percent of violent criminals became violent because of their exposure to online games.

Murder has now been added to the list of ills caused by games, joining teenage pregnancy and drug addiction, according to reports aired this month by China Central Television. Other reports:

Chinese state media have long criticized online games. The last installment of the CCTV series told the story of a 14-year-old girl purportedly influenced by an online dancing game to start having sex with people she met online. The game, called "Audition," was said to encourage one-night stands and the girl to have had two abortions.

CCTV this month also aired a report on teenagers who became addicted to cough medicine and then drugs like methamphetamine as a way to keep their energy up during all-night gaming marathons. The boys were said to spend their time in Internet cafes, which are often filled with chain-smoking young men using instant-messaging programs and playing online games.

The propaganda blitz coincides with China's continued attempts to rein in any activity that threatens the harmony of the state. Social network games and World of Warcraft have already gone head-to-head with China's regulatory agencies and have so far come out on the short end.

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CCTV this month also aired a report on teenagers who became addicted to cough medicine and then drugs like methamphetamine as a way to keep their energy up during all-night gaming marathons.

I can understand this about meth, but I don't think all gamers use meth to stay up. I wonder if China has energy drinks for all nighters on playing games.....? If the chinese gamers really want to stay up & play games for 3 days straight they should really consider LSD. But Im sure there are other drugs that are being used for chinese gamers.......

& that goes to say, girls getting preg. & having sex w/men from games is ridiculous. The girl is 14 yro of course she will sexually active.......a game does not make her have a thought in her head saying "hmm.....if this game is showing me that girls have sex, then I can too!" No, I don't believe that. I think the Chinese are wanting to blame something or someone. Maybe there is peer pressure from her friends. The report doesn't say anything else about other resourses the girl was being persuaded to get interested into sex. Come on!!!!

Chinese prison where a mass murderer confessed that online games made him do it.

This man in prison has no clue what he is talking about.

 

 

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To tell you the truth, wasn't America and the rest of the western world doing this same sort of thing to Videogames back 10 years ago after the columbine shootings?

 

TBoneTony

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There are a couple important differences.

1. This is a direct attack from a government. While there have been politicians who have attacked videogames, no western government as an organized whole has attacked them, at least not to my knowledge.

2. This doesn't even seem to have any evidence even showing correlation. Many anti-videogame "activists" have at least done that much, or attempted to do so. These same people also have had claims that could be considered "credible" compared to China. It's one thing to blame a violent videogame on an act of violence, it's another to blame online gaming in general for pregnancy and murder.

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

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I was thinking along the lines of Government Legislation that targets violent videogames. Sexual videogames have came and gone, but most of them have been from Japan and not a real target for any politicians at the moment.

One phrase I knew that was even around before the post-Columbine days was that some people thought that Videogames would rot your brain. I knew it was rubbish but that was the feeling I had that some people did say.

Then there was that whole Pokemon scare about Videogames making kids turn away from their faith in god, yet another hyper-bowl argument with all fear and know evidence to back it up, although I must admit I did say since the columbine shootings but I have known from some teachers at my school who used to think that videogames would rot your brain.

although I never thought about why they would say that, must be from the news they listen to.

I also knew about the scare when it came to violent kids shows, so it was perhaps from there when videogames became popular again after the crash of 1983 when a few of the same fear about violent cartoons turned into the fear about violent videogames, i'd say around the early 90's when Mortal Kombat was popular.

 

 

 

TBoneTony

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"Murder has now been added to the list of ills caused by games, joining teenage pregnancy and drug addiction, according to reports aired this month by China Central Television."

What the f**k, you cannot be serious.

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I say we send in Liberty Prime that would show em

hey can we have and British version of him/it? PLEASE

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Communism is the very definition of Failure!

That aside, we must remember that this propaganda isn't for anyone outside of China. We can laugh at it all we want (I certainly am), but this could still fool those residing in China.

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

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I think this says a lot more about the control the government has over the media in China than what the message is. 

We all know that the "China Central Television" blaming of video games has nothing to do with the games than with the message that the government wants to project.  In light of the WTO ruling, they cannot explicitly censor games so instead they do it the harder (but more effective) way.  Create public "moral" panic.

How does an "online dancing game" influence girls to have sex with people anymore than any number of random online chat rooms?  And if it really does... how come that game hasn't been released in North America yet?! ;) 

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The stupidity... DEAR GODS, THE STUPIDITY!!! AAAAAAAGH! IT BURNS!!!

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Care to elaborate?

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

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Well, it was nice while it lasted.

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"Stupidity it burns" taken from the Zelda CDi games.

Trust me, everything is borrowed from something else.

TBoneTony

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Nvm, can't get it to post.

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I used that one a couple of weeks ago.

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And? I just found it, and used it. Like I was supposed know you had already used it.

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Re: China Continues War on Games with News Show

Kinda funny considering Audition is rated E, and since it's distributed digitally, they don't even HAVE to submit it for a rating.

Still, this sounds like one of those cases where the confession was coerced.

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Careful China, someday this might bite you in the ass.

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What does this say? Is China still vehemently anti-capitalist, or are they just very authoritarian?

China's TV news is state-run, so what about state-run video games? Interesting that I haven't seen video games being used as Chinese state propaganda, instead we see them being made into an enemy by Chinese state propaganda. A few independently-made knockoffs don't count.

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and they dont suspect that the criminals are all too willing to let them believe it was video games in hope of a lighter sentence

oh who am I kidding they do know hell it was probably their idea

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More like "We'll let you go earlier/live if you say what we want you to say." It's been used for years in terrorism and tyranny. Give someone an even tiny sliver of finding an easy way out and they will take it.

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Oh my god! Hahahahah, oh China, you're so backwards and crazy. We still hate you though. No, really. We do.

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That is the biggest pile of bulls**t I have ever seen if you honestly believe this garbage your a tool

 

 

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And of course they are not actually addressing any of the social or mental health issues that can drive youth to these alleged behaviors…

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"The game, called "Audition," was said to encourage one-night stands"

Sounds like Gene Simmons: The Game!

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Curious timing, what with their "moral defence" against the WTO ruling being rejected.

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