China Game Crackdown

Banned in Beijing: China cracks down on games (thanks Mike Martinez) announces that the Chinese government has banned a bunch of games for a variety of reasons:
The Chinese government on Wednesday issued a list of 50 banned video and computer games, according to government news agency Xinhua.

The list is roughly split between pirated games and games banned based on content. Pirated games cited by the news agency included "The Sims 2," the top-selling PC game in North America last year, and soccer game "FIFA 2005."

The remainder of the games were termed by Xinhua "illegally distributed foreign games," presumably for content. The list includes several games based on the Vietnam War, including "Conflict Vietnam" and "Vietcong: Fist Alpha."

Xinhua said the list was part of an overall crackdown by the State General Administration of Press and Publication "to protect intellectual property rights and create a good environment for Chinese youth."
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Re: woot Jan 27, 2005, 08:32
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oh don't act like we're much different. The game industry is cracking down on filesharing as much as anywhere, and games can and do get banned, if not for political reasons then for political ends. Australia and Germany in particular ban games rather easily based on violence levels and whatnot, but in the end its still amounts of censorship. Ask any nutjob Senator and he'll tell you exactly what the Chinese tell you, that these games are being banned in order to "create a good environment for Chinese (American) youth"

Personally, I can see more sense in banning Vietnam games, in which millions were killed (by the player and the player's faction) than banning Manhunt, in which a comparably miniscule number of people die as a result of the player's actions.

But thats just me.

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