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Posted: Jun 24th 2010 11:12AM Daelen said

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Here we go.

Posted: Jun 24th 2010 11:28AM Super Nerd said

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Can we all agree that China is the worst place in the world?

Posted: Jun 24th 2010 11:36AM Its Utakata stupid said

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Rubi Bayer wrote inpart:

"Pornography, cults, superstitions, gambling and violence were some of the themes specifically forbidden."

...all game devs have to do now a design games that just runs a blank screen anytime the player logs onto it. >.>

Posted: Jun 24th 2010 12:25PM (Unverified) said

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China is such a progressive country...

Posted: Jun 24th 2010 12:28PM Ocho said

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WoW? Forget that... too much violence...

So ummm... Mario is okay? Oh no, wait... a guy jumping on turtles and "goombas" trying to save the princess of mushroom people... that speaks of unwholesome drugs and is also violent... so thats out...

Metroid? A woman with a technologically advanced spacesuit who uses her gun to... oh wait... violence... nevermind...

Solitaire?! No... even that has a "vegas" setting, which is like gambling...

Minesweeper?!! If you screw up, a mine goes off... thats violent.

Hello Kitty?!! Hmm... most cultures regard cats as superstitious creatures... so thats a maybe...


I honestly can't think of any game that wouldn't have at least one of those things in it, or something that can be skewed that way.

Posted: Jun 24th 2010 12:57PM (Unverified) said

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No gambling? So much for rolling on loot, then....

Posted: Jun 24th 2010 2:01PM Zantom said

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Ministry of Culture? I can see our wonderful power hungry US leaders wanting a similar department. Hell we have a department for just about everything else. Oh well, the era of individual freedom was nice while it lasted...

Posted: Jun 24th 2010 2:15PM (Unverified) said

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Agreed.

On a side note, let's see how many people flame you or figure out a way to call you a racist for your opinion.
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Posted: Jun 24th 2010 2:51PM (Unverified) said

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Don't be silly. The Left doesn't care what people do and those on the Right who care what people do, the fundamentalists, don't wield power. The people on the Right who do wield power, the capitalists, also don't care what people do as long as it doesn't cost them anything or interfere with their making money/holding on to power.

Indeed, the reason you'll never see this kind of stuff in the west is because of uncontrolled capitalism.
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Posted: Jun 24th 2010 4:05PM (Unverified) said

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I agree Cofcos. It will take decades upon decades of decay for the west to reach this kind of oppression. These kinds of rules infringe on so many individual rights and freedoms we have at home it's incredible.
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Posted: Jun 24th 2010 4:31PM Its Utakata stupid said

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The reason why this doesn't happen in West is because of democracy, not uncontrolled capitalism, Cofcos. And you would also be deluding yourself if think capitalism would protect consumers from something like this...especially if it's an advantage to them and their bottom line. See G20.

In the meantime, you better get out and vote so that governement is not stacked with religious loonies. Enough of them, and they could have a similar persuasion over our games as they do in China. Just saying...
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Posted: Jun 25th 2010 12:08AM (Unverified) said

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What they are doing is pretty standard Chinese stuff. Closing the market to outsiders, and keeping it closed. Chinese produced games will continue to feature exactly what they ban, and be ignored until they offend somebody in the Ministry. At which point the game will be shut down.

It's just the way business is done there, and really no different than having to have a license to cut hair here in the U.S.A. It's a move by a lobby to gain influence within a market.

Posted: Jun 25th 2010 11:27AM (Unverified) said

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+1

Online gaming industry is making a lot of money in China and these kinds of arbitrary restrictions can't and won't hurt the happiness of gamers who throw large sum of money and time to the publishers who happily accepts them.
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Posted: Jun 25th 2010 1:25AM Tristik said

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What faith the Chinese government has in their populations parenting skills eh?

Posted: Jun 30th 2010 2:24AM Tristik said

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Well played, sir, well played. :)
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Posted: Jun 29th 2010 3:31PM (Unverified) said

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Those who view this as an issue of liberalism vs. conservatism have adopted a severely myopic view of political ideologies.

The standard left-right representation of American politics is outmoded and uninformative. You can't divide people along liberal and conservative lines for all social concerns. A four-axis model is really more applicable, with liberal and conservative running the X-axis, and libertarian and authoritarian along the Y-axis.

Democrats (liberals) and Republicans (conservatives) vary widely amongst themselves in respect to libertarian or authoritarian beliefs. Democrats who want to regulate the gaming industry (Lieberman, Clinton, Gore) can generally be considered authoritarian. They believe it is the duty of the government to establish a lawful, ordered society, and they extend those beliefs into the realm of gaming as they (erroneously) believe video games have a damaging effect on youth.

That said, there are also libertarian liberals (such as myself) who see any kind of government intrusion into the private lives of citizens as reprehensible. Typically, these liberals don't make it far into government because our system is decidedly federalist, and anyone, Democrat or otherwise, seeking federal office must be of the mindset the federal government is running the show.

As for China, well, China is hardly a shining example of liberalism. It is an extremely socially conservative state, and it is deeply wary of outside influences that may lead the Chinese people beyond the government's control. Other posters have already touched on this, but the PRC's regulation of the gaming industry within their borders is merely a ploy to increase the presence of Chinese games in the country's gaming market. The benefit is two-fold: it becomes easier for the PRC to monitor the media to which its citizens are exposed, and it helps to keep China's imports low and its exports high (the United States somehow forgot this is a key component to a sustainable economy).

Posted: Jun 29th 2010 11:58PM uncaringbear said

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We already have Apple making sure their users aren't exposed to this type of content. Nothing new to see here.

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