After months of freeze, China reopens its doors to new games, except for Tencent's

mongeese

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Now, finally, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has begun reviewing games to see if they can be published in China. First noticed by Reuters, 80 new games were given the OK yesterday. Noticeably absent from the list were games from both Tencent, China’s largest game publisher, and NetEase, their second largest publisher.

According to China’s 21st Century Business Herald, that’s due to the terrible system China has implemented for game reviewing. They’ve deployed a first in best-dress system, with a backlog of some 7,000 titles. This means that large and popular titles are by and large thrown in with the tiny indie games, forcing players to potentially wait months. Even worse, the registration committee may only have time to evaluate less than half of the titles in the queue by the end of next year.

The temporary ban has seen the world’s largest gaming market slow for the first time in over a decade, and it may still cause many smaller Chinese studios to go out of business.

Regarding the expected ‘positive’ impacts, there seems to be better ways to control addiction and its impacts on health including myopia and weight gain.

For example, last year Tencent restricted players under twelve to one hour of gaming per day and players twelve to eighteen to two hours a day, in Chinese hit Honor of Kings (a mobile MOBA adaptation of League of Legends). In July, Tencent began notifying parents when an underage player spent more than $75 on games per month. These two measures had a dramatic positive impact, say reports.

Violence is something China has become very pedantic about, despite the absence of any indication that violence in video games promotes violence in real life. Still, discussing dialing down gore in Doom is something, but calling Fortnite “bloody and violent” may be beyond excessive.

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Uncle Al

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Sounds like their leadership had to cave to public demand ...... interesting ..... I wonder how they will react the next time there is a country wide demand for greater democratic governance ...... Tenement Square II may never develop ......
 

petert

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They are doing it in order to stop violence which makes sense, given their cultures.

I would argue, when it comes to gaming, regulation is required to stop another rampant phenomena - stupidity on behalf of the gamers. Gone are the days when if your shite isn't flowing, you just stopped the project and never release. Now, what they are doing is releasing it cause they know there are enough dipshits out there that will buy it anyway, no matter the state it is in ... probably to complain afterwards that it is unplayable.
 

Eldritch

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Given the corruption in China they are doing it to make money from this. Netease/Tencent/others wants their games unbanned? Pay couple of $$ millions for each game to CCP. They control news 100% in China and if they say that due to backlog it may take years before big studios are cleared, they are openly saying that if you want to avoid bankruptcy, you should better pay us.

Next Siliocon Valley indeed.
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Digitalzone

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Both porn and games are/can be addictive. As tobacco, alcohol, drugs. Communist systems work differently. There were no porn in Eastern bloc. The system chooses what is "unhealthy" aka not serving the system (and actually not the people too). The western system cares in less extent, if it wouldn't for horrible consequences, they would allow drugs if possible. It's money driven. But in final, it's all about the control of masses.
 

Bpsti

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Both porn and games are/can be addictive. As tobacco, alcohol, drugs. Communist systems work differently. There were no porn in Eastern bloc. The system chooses what is "unhealthy" aka not serving the system (and actually not the people too). The western system cares in less extent, if it wouldn't for horrible consequences, they would allow drugs if possible. It's money driven. But in final, it's all about the control of masses.

Well in one system if I call the president an ***** he complains about me on twitter and in the other system I disappear either into a "reeducation camp" or a shallow hole.

I know which system I'd personally prefer to live under (im sure the many millions who died under pol pot and Stalin might agree with me).
 

havok585

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Both porn and games are/can be addictive. As tobacco, alcohol, drugs. Communist systems work differently. There were no porn in Eastern bloc. The system chooses what is "unhealthy" aka not serving the system (and actually not the people too). The western system cares in less extent, if it wouldn't for horrible consequences, they would allow drugs if possible. It's money driven. But in final, it's all about the control of masses.

Well in one system if I call the president an ***** he complains about me on twitter and in the other system I disappear either into a "reeducation camp" or a shallow hole.

I know which system I'd personally prefer to live under (im sure the many millions who died under pol pot and Stalin might agree with me).

Well, you should definitely be in the latter category with that attitude.