China bans gang-oriented online games

By on July 28, 2009, 2:15 PM
China has banned websites hosting games that glamorize Mafioso kingpins and street gangs. The Culture Ministry said these games promote obscenity, gambling and violence, and “undermine morality and Chinese traditional culture.” The report went on to say that the games encourage people to deceive, loot and kill, and glorify the life of a gangster. Chinese law enforcement bodies have been ordered to step up oversight and harshly punish sites that continue to run the banned games

All very true – but then you have to question what effect this has on the human psyche, and that’s a hairy topic. Most cultures seem to trust the emplacement of age-based content ratings, as adults are thought to be less influenced by the graphic material (if at all). Hypothetically, if graphic content were damaging, shouldn't exposure to it be left to an individual’s autonomy?

China’s online game industry is expected to swell by 30 to 50% this year alone, with sales revenue reaching from 24 billion yuan ($3.51 billion) to 27 billion yuan. It has about 200 million online game players and more than 300 million Internet users – the largest number worldwide.




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tengeta tengeta said:

These gang-oriented games are making our public act like us! How dare they!

LOL CHINA.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Well you know what they say... "People don't kill people, gang oriented video games and websites kill people." (Or something like that) Silly communists.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Wouldn't individuals who want these types of games just pirate it? /shurg

But not really shocking that they'd do this.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Well you know what they say... "People don't kill people, gang oriented video games and websites kill people." (Or something like that) Silly communists.

Rage_3K_Moiz Rage_3K_Moiz, Sith Lord, said:

LOL the Politburo was probably getting PWNED by a bunch of schoolkids, so they had to resort to this!

I smell a cover-up!

xempler said:

This is a smart move by the Communist govn't. Because since the beginning of time, the internet and online gaming has always influenced & promoted gang violence. How do you think Al Capone got started.

Guest said:

For a country that censor words like **** or **** (like now :p), that would probably make children ears bleed?, you like judging others a lot. It's ok to censor sex but not violence? You should really stop watching tv and try to think with your own brains if they're not already rotten. Just try not to watch tv for a month (maybe the pc too), you'll be better persons. If you want to ask yourselves a question, ask how much your life is influenced by television.

JDoors JDoors said:

@Matthew: "Hypothetically, if graphic content were damaging, shouldn't exposure to it be left to an individual's autonomy?"

Hypothetically, what if the Chinese were given the right to express individual autonomy?

Hypotheticals are fun!

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This is a smart move by the Communist govn't. Because since the beginning of time, the internet and online gaming has always influenced & promoted gang violence. How do you think Al Capone got started.

lmao!

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