China puts a freeze on new game approval (again)

    
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You might recall that 2018 proved to be a mess for studios trying to get their new games approved for the always-lucrative Chinese market. Due to a shift in the government’s structure, the process for game evaluation and license approval got frozen for what started out as months and ended up the better part of the entire year.

While the freeze finally thawed last December, the considerable logjam of titles that built up over 2018 has overwhelmed the governmental agency tasked with evaluating all of them. This has led to yet another freeze which has gone into place this month in order to allow the regulators time to get the mess sorted out. Of course, that won’t stop publishers from submitting even more titles, so clearing out this backlog might be a neverending process.

Gamasutra reports that since the previous freeze lifting, China approved over 350 games, including those from mega-publishers like Tencent and NetEase. The new freeze is worrying companies, as no profits can be attained from games being held in bureaucratic limbo.

Source: Gamasutra. Thanks Armsbend!
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Bryan Correll

File this one away for consideration in the 2019 awards.

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Armsbend

Evaluating all of the games would probably be a pretty fun job.

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PanagiotisLial1

the funny thing will be hearing what are the reqs the games should meet to be published there

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Armsbend

No skeletons. No pro-west “propaganda”. No way to search for information in game. Limited chat opportunities.

I know cultures are different but I find Chinese fear/hatred of skeletons both hilarious and very charming.

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Akagi

I think it’s something with Buddhism, but I don’t know what.

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Armsbend

I’ve never heard of any other Buddhists being particularly anti-skeleton. I’ve heard all types of reasons they do it. Sacrilege towards their ancestors. Fear of uprising or revolt of any kind. Because they are really spooky.

Maybe it’s because they don’t like wasting time with trash mobs. Straight to the boss!

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Bruno Brito

Uh…forgive me if i’m wrong, since it’s an extremely touchy subject but…aren’t the chinese in pretty bad terms with buddhists, considering the Tibet issue?

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Jack Pipsam

Buddism is still big in China, but being there are so many sects I imagine it might depend on where one lives/which sect.

Or really I guess it depends more on how the individual person(s) conforms to China’s draconian society.

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Bryan Correll

Tibetan Buddhism is just one of many different forms of the religion. But I doubt the guidelines are affected by Buddhist ideas since China is one of only a handful of countries to be officially atheistic and Xi Jinping has stated that Communist Party members must be “unyielding Marxist atheists.”

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I’m not really sure being a Buddhist conflicts with Atheism necessarily. A large part of it is finding power within. It is probably useful to the Chinese as it doesn’t require any mass congregations – which they do not like.

see: Qigong. they have considered it’s widespread ban because it involves people getting together.

The Chinese likely accept video games because it is largely done alone.

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The chinese have their own version of Bhuddism that I have read is the most prevent. A mixture of Buddha’s teachings Taoist principals. It is called Han Bhuddism and from what I know it is fairly accepted.

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PanagiotisLial1

Was also under the impression that the political system of china wanted to keep religion’s power in check so they dont grow too influencial at their expense

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Bruno Brito

Considering even the ban of Pooh, Xi is appearing to be a scared leader by the minute.

I know most dictators are actually afraid of their own shadow, but c’mon, there’s a limit.

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styopa

Aside from the “Oh, wait, this game you approved? It had a hidden easter egg behind the 4th waterfall that you didn’t catch, it shows Xi having sex with a monkey. Now you (and your whole family) are going to disappear to labor camps where we’ll ‘let you’ volunteer your organs for donation. Thank you comrade!”, of course.

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Sunken Visions

No idea is too terrible when you think it’s better than all the others.