China bans The Sims

By Derek Sooman on January 26, 2005, 6:00 PM
Dear me, what is China banning now? In an effort to create what they call a "good environment" for Chinese children, China has banned 50 computer games, including popular game The Sims 2! Also on the bad boy list are Manhunt, FIFA 2005, Painkiller: Battle out of Hell, Age of Mythology: The Titans, Battlefield Vietnam, Conflict Vietnam, Vietcong: Fist Alpha and Devastation.

Beijing has said that the move centres on pirate copies of the games listed, in an effort to reduce the amount of piracy that is supposedly commonplace in China. But itís also very likely that this is much more to do with censorship and from China's anti-pornography operation and press-monitoring programme. All in all, don't expect to see even legal copies of these games any more.

Perhaps this will protect Chinese children from bad influences, but I do wonder how it will protect them from dying from boredom.

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