Games Suspended as China Prepares to Mourn Quake Victims

The Chinese government has declared April 21, 2010 as a day of mourning for victims of the April 14 Yushu Earthquake which reportedly killed over 2,000 people and injured more than 12,000.

The Ministry of Culture, in addition to ordering all flags lowered to half-mast, has also issued a suspension  for all public entertainment activities, including videogames. Provision number three of a government issued decree (translated) orders that all cultural and entertainment venues in the China suspend the entertainment activities.

This includes game rooms, cinemas, theaters, dance halls and recreation venues. Additionally, Online cultural operators were ordered to “suspend all online music, online games, online animation, and online video,” while Internet service providers were told to “suspend all entertainment activities including games, music, and video.”

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