China could end decade-long ban on video game consoles

By Jos ยท 12 replies
Jan 28, 2013
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  1. Chinese authorities are reviewing the possibility of lifting a ban on video game consoles that has been in place since 2000, according to the state-run China Daily. An anonymous source from the Chinese Ministry of Culture told the publication that...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,713   +855

    Boy, there's one gigantic market if China decides to do this. I'm sure Sony and Microsoft are licking their chops over this.
    avoidz likes this.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Banning consoles? I had no idea. That was a silly thing to do. Not only will the console maker be rubbing their hands with glee but it's also good for the Chinese market. Maybe the change of heart occurred when they discovered it was far more enjoyable playing games on their phones or handhelds than listening to some chump drone on during U.N. meetings. Either way it's a win/win for all.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    LOL, videogames on the blackmarket

    Never thought I would've heard that in my lifetime
  5. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Wait a second....Dont we have enough problems from the Chinese citizenship and hacking on PC's? Now we will have them in every consol game. Hacking and cheating even more then the Americans. No thank you. I had enough of Chinese gil/gold sellers to last me a lifetime. If this goes through Im 100% sure we will see the same level as we see on the PC.
  6. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    Damn. Just when I was staring to think Dust 514 was showing potential. Now SP farmers are going to be rampant!

    There is a silver lining though. All those people who play CoD on the consoles? They're going to find out how real professionals run up KDRs with kill streaks and perks. Fact: you can't touch a Chinaman on a leaderboard.
  7. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51


    I never knew China had a ban in place...
  8. Superpeter

    Superpeter TS Member Posts: 49

    It's AMD with their tech in the coming consoles who will be salivating at the gums after having their teeth kicked out for so long
    Skidmarksdeluxe and davislane1 like this.
  9. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,069   +218

    Crazy a government looking out for its people rather then working for the dollar. Misguided or not I am amazed by their good intentions. The lobbyists in America would never let something like that happen if there is money to be made.
  10. AlienOverlord

    AlienOverlord TS Rookie Posts: 27

    Perhaps this is why I can't make any purchases on PSN here... It'll be nice if this goes through, tired of having to bargain every time I want to buy a game. Black market just means small stores here, they are even in the big malls.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    If AMD are anything like sharks then it doesn't matter how many times their teeth get kicked out.
  12. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    I hope they don't. My friend who just moved to China would have to give me his PS3.
  13. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    The "ban" isn't exactly strictly enforced, there's stores selling consoles everywhere and in plain sight. However you can't game online on consoles, although PCs aren't affected hence the huge number of MMORPG players.

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