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China to lift 13-year ban on video game console sales

By Justin Kahn ยท 11 replies
Sep 27, 2013
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  1. China has now officially approved proposals that will see the 13 year ban on the sale of gaming consoles come to an end, opening up a massive market for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo to tap into.

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  2. Just in time for ZTE to announce their new Z-Box ;)
  3. Glad I don't live in China.
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    It is about time.
  5. gibbstar

    gibbstar TS Enthusiast Posts: 36   +10

    Shoulda bought some stocks in Sony!
  6. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +102

    The best way set them back -poison the mind! Muahaha...
    spydercanopus likes this.
  7. AlienOverlord

    AlienOverlord TS Member Posts: 28

    I've been living in China for years and bought a PS3 a few months after its release. Its never been hard to get consoles here, but you couldn't find them in major retailers. Its even easier now since I can order games online. However, there is a huge market because none of the kids even know what a PS3 is.

    I hope this means I'll have a steadier online connection since I often get signed out of PSN.
  8. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +127

    They should start with NES
  9. Bad move - most titles suck anyway won't be doing kiddies any favours.
  10. "The console ban was put in place back in 2000 due in large part to concerns regarding the influence violent and mature games could have on Chinese youth"

    ..now, they lift the ban not long after GTA V release, what a perfect timing :D
  11. Im sure there will be games china will add to a banlist yet. Still, though, people feel much more inspired to do things after watching a movie and not so much video games. Usually when violent action happens in movies it's a far bigger "WOAH!" or... "inspiring" factor than doing the same or similar things over and over in video games. It might just be me but I feel like movies such as rob zombie films or action films probably have a far bigger mental impact on people than video games. Sane or insane.
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Just think of all the babies coming out the womb playing GTA V.

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