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Posted: Mar 16th 2009 5:17PM Holgranth said

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Ya I have this theory personally that the reason so many chinese get addicted to video games is because they are desperate to escape from reality.

And I love the "Censorship in the cosy blanket of protection" Always looking out for the people the government is. Must not allow them to make decisions for themselves oh no no!

Communism never lets people at the truth,thats why the Soviets never admited that they took 200 000 casualties in the Winterwar.

Instead they told families that their sons had died in "Accidents".

Even after the German invasion no one was told how many people were dieing.

Posted: Mar 16th 2009 5:57PM (Unverified) said

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So are we supposed to care about this?

Posted: Mar 16th 2009 6:49PM (Unverified) said

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If wow doesn't have access to the chinese markets how come roughly half of all gold selling companies are based there? Are they reselling what they bought from foreign providers while also paying other foreigners for delivery?
Seems like they already have access to it, same as all our games. Could of swore I saw gold spam while playing fallout 3 the other day....their even invading single player games!

Posted: Mar 16th 2009 7:53PM (Unverified) said

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It's fairly easy for a gold-farm business to get a few EU and US copies of WoW. once they have that, farming is fairly easy.

However, it is hilarious seeing what happens when blizzard bans a whole lot of accounts. I believe gold prices went from something like $0.02 US straight to about $0.2US when blizzard banned about ten thousand accounts in the middle of last year, destroying a whole lot of gold-sellers "stock"
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Posted: Mar 16th 2009 10:33PM SkuzBukit said

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Well, China is truly infamous in how controlling they are, they want to dictate to their country in every single aspect of their lives, how to walk how to talk, how to think, & now, how to play.

It's just yet another example of how sad the Chinese government is, they will never learn that "protecting" a culture is pathetic, cultues never need protecting as they are developed over time, the Chinese culture didn't just spring into existence on a dark & stormy night, it took nigh on thousands of years to arrive at it's current state, an evolution, & all cultures evolve, & change, the culture in China today IS different to 500 years ago, & 500 years ago it was different to 1500 years ago, so protecting it is in fact suffocating it, but you can't tell them that.

Posted: Mar 16th 2009 10:37PM (Unverified) said

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And now we REALLY get to the reason for all the quibbling about 'skeletons' and other censor issues.

See, typically Chinese, they can't just come out and say: "Look guys, we're trying to protect the market for the locals." No, no... they have to first justify it and make it YOUR fault.

"You have skeletons/pandas/bunnehs in your game, which are offensive to good Chinese citizens."

And here I thought their government couldn't get its head further up its ass.

Posted: Mar 16th 2009 11:24PM (Unverified) said

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sad indeed. this also made me think of Obama's call buying goods made in US instead of made in China and no importing from China.

Posted: Mar 17th 2009 1:54AM hami83 said

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That's all good and well, but you do realize how much stuff comes from China now a days? That isn't just talking about shitty lamps and toys. I'm talking about steel and other production materials.
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Posted: Mar 17th 2009 9:51PM (Unverified) said

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No matter you are talking about shitty lamps and toys or steel and other production,Obama choosed local protection in this economic recession. What I want to say is that though we dont like regional protectionism, it does happen in China, US, korea and other countries.
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Posted: Mar 17th 2009 4:55PM (Unverified) said

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Not to mention with all the treasury bills they own, they basically OWN huge parts of the US economy. All China would need to do is "call in" those debts and we'd be royally screwed.

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 1:11AM (Unverified) said

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But they'd be even more fucked, so it will never happen.

It is protectionism, but they aren't just blowing smoke about the culture issue - they really care about and fear the spread of foreign culture, even in the guise of skeletons or other symbols in games. They are deathly afraid of cults and use this irrational fear to justify every method of control in the book. None of this is really new, it's just getting formalized and codified.
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