China calls for action against "unhealthy" online games
Around four million young people in China are addicted to the internet thanks to "unhealthy" online games, according to a Beijing Times report picked up on by AFP.
Li Jianguo, vice chairman of the standing committee of the National People's Congress, said that 10 per cent of China's web users were "internet addicted teenagers".
Jianguo's committee also reportedly called for stricter monitoring of online games for illegal or "unpatriotic" content.
The committee apparently wants games to have a built-in cap for the maximum allowable number of hours of continuous play - automatically logging the player off once it has been exceeded.
Although reports are often exaggerated, there have been confirmed deaths associated with gaming addiction in China, including a man in Guangzhou who died after three continuous days of gameplay in an internet café.
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I did some research after I found out that Cornered Rat Software, developers of wwiionline, are going to market their game to China next year. However, one of the regulations for game developers is that they have to install basically a timer that doesn't allow teenagers to play over 25 minutes or so of gaming.
Welcome to why Socialism is not the answer.
Survivor of Little Big Spam
30th June 2006
I'm not surprised by this, but if the reports are true about the man in Guangzhou and others, the people of China do have an unhealthy addiction to video games.
F*CK YOU CHINA! F*CK YOU!
I want my daily dose of video games!
So does my mom, but I've learned more playing video games than school has taught me in the last 2 years, and I react quicker.
Pope says Protestantism 'not for me'.
China censors the good games.
Herr Ober, die Rechnung bitte
20th October 2007
Well, stupid of course. But I beg the initial poster to explain me the interrelation between this official outbreak of stupidity and socialism.
I thought Asia was obsessed with Video games. Like, obsessed.
boller;4548171Well, stupid of course. But I beg the initial poster to explain me the interrelation between this official outbreak of stupidity and socialism.
+1 that "socialism isn't the answer" remark was just unneccesary, you practically beg for a political discussion with that.
If it's true that a guy died after playing 3 days in a row. and similiar cases have taken place. then something NEEDS to be done. people who are obsessed/addicted can't control their addiction in many cases. why not help them? don't take me wrong, I do not support this. but something needs to be done and not just let 'nature' have its course.