While we gamers tend to roll our collective eyes at reports of Internet addiction and crimes being committed in the name of our favorite hobby, the Chinese government sees things a bit differently
. According to a top legislator, around four-million Chinese youngsters under the age of 18 are addicted to the Internet, mainly attracted by online gaming. They even go so far as to call online gaming unhealthy, as the government calls for stricter monitoring of online games that have illegal or inappropriate content.
This report labels this content as games with violence, pornography and those that feature Chinese soldiers as the enemy role. In addition to a 2006 law
that ordered all Chinese Internet game manufacturers to install personal identification technology, they're now pushing technology to automatically log players off once they exceed a set number of continuous hours of gameplay.