Don't be a gamer in China. 49 replies

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#1 12 years ago

www.gamepolitics.com

If you plan to be game-addicted in the People's Republic of China, you're going to do so with a gimped character.

So say new regulations that went into effect this week. Xinhua is reporting that online gamers will be penalized for playing more than three hours at a stretch. A two-hour break is mandated between gaming sessions.

Designed to combat growing fears of online game addiction, the new law targets 11 of the most popular titles, including World of Warcraft and The Legend of Mir II, but is expected to encompass all online games in the near future.

Players that exceed the legal time limit will see their characters punished by loss of experience points (XP) and in-game weapons. Stay online for five hours, and your character is reset to starter level.

"This timing mechanism can prevent young people from becoming addicted to online games," said Kou Xiaowei, the deputy director of China's Audiovisual and Internet Publication Department.

Gamers, naturally, don't care for the new regulations.

"It's absolutely a foolish decision," said 23-year old gamer Yankee Song, a World of Warcraft fan. "In the game, even a simple mission would take players three to five hours to finish and complex ones may take a whole day. After the system's implemented, players can achieve nothing in the game, and we will have no reason to play it anymore."

Another Chinese WoW devotee expressed confidence that hacks would be developed to trick in-game timers into thinking that players had logged off.

UPDATE: GP reader LitaGemini weighs in with some clarity as to what this issue may be all about: "Heard about this law at Futureplay (conference at Michigan State)... Often times the Chinese youth gather in cybercafes to play these games, and, in addition to gameplay, they're having discussion about real world political matters. The Chinese government therefore wants to limit their gameplay, which limits their cybercafe hours, which limits their political freedom. Tricky and insidious.

"People's Republic of China"

Is it me or is that name very Ironic? I'm sorry but this is NOT a way of promoting democratic reform, as members of this forum have stated in the past.




Gauntlet

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#2 12 years ago

wow...sick...

I hate China...




Pethegreat VIP Member

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#3 12 years ago

Well way to screw your gaming economy China. Trust me though, someone will find a way around it and it will be easy to find for the chinese




Blood n Guts

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#4 12 years ago
Players that exceed the legal time limit will see their characters punished by loss of experience points (XP) and in-game weapons. Stay online for five hours, and your character is reset to starter level.

Now that's cruel and unusual punishment to anyone that plays those kinds of games :lol: Hey, anyone that says China is getting better (including me) means they are progressing forward, not that they're currently a good country with great respect towards human rights and freedoms.




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#5 12 years ago

Hmm well I can see why certain people would like to see certain restrictions, and sure noug gaming for 24 hours straight isn't healthy but restrictions, especially these strict are overboard. :cort:

Don't know about the speculations on it preventing gathering of people, they might still do LANs, other online stuff, hang out together in the open space etc.




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#6 12 years ago

I think its a good idea, people that spend all day on computers are doing themselves harm. The problem is you might not see the negative effects until much later. When you were all kids i imagine that you had the types of food you ate restricted by your parents choices, i bet your glad now that they didnt allow you to eat all the junk food you wanted and your not grossly obease with heart problems now. I think its a good idea, i just dont think it'll work as people wil find ways round it.




Force Recon

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#7 12 years ago

no I won't be a gamer in China.




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#8 12 years ago

I don't even play PC games...so...i'd be fine. ;)

Yeah, but this isn't a good idea. While it may seem like a good idea to protect people and their workforce, the gaming industry is big in every major country, and hampering the buisness of gaming will hurt them in the future.




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#9 12 years ago

Peoples republic of china is naturally ironic. Last time I checked they where indeed a communist state. This is nothing new to be expected




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#10 12 years ago

Last time I checked China wasn't truely communist at all...