Nepal has outright banned PUBG over addiction concerns

    
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With Fortnite and then Apex Legends eclipsing PUBG here in the west and its own original lead designer departing for greener pastures, it might surprise you to learn that PUBG is still a major force overseas – to the point that nation-states are still pursuing it as a serious threat to society.

So it goes in Nepal, where apparently the regularity telecom authority NTA has flat out banned the game as of yesterday.

“We have ordered the ban on PUBG because it is addictive to children and teenagers,” the deputy director of the Nepal Telecommunications Authority told Reuters. Apparently, ISPs and mobile companies have been directed to block all streaming of the title. While the regulatory body admits there have been exactly zero reports of “incidents” linked to the game, apparently enough “parents were concerned about their children being distracted from their studies or other normal routine work” that it needed a ban.

Nepal joins police in the Indian state Gujarat in banning the game; Indian authorities in March claimed, without apparent justification, that PUBG caused violent behavior in addition to affecting youth education. That ban was intended to be temporary, but it caused a stir in the media anyway when police actually arrested people for playing PUBG Mobile.

Source: Reuters via Gamasutra

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semugh
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semugh

and fortnite is fine… ok.

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Covynant001

I didn’t realize they had cell phone service in Nepal, never see anyone using them in any of those “Everest” movies.

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_Windsong_

I am sorry for the 2 Nepalese Player that are affected :(

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Justin

Every day I am grateful I was born in the USA and not some improverished and oppressed third world nation.

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Utakata

…I suppose it’s fair that you did leave out “with a despot leader”. o.O

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Jack Pipsam

Depending on where you live and your income that is. The USA from what I gather lacks a lot of societal safety nets other developed nations tend to have in place.

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kimowar101

me too, hopefully it doesn’t turn socialist….a lot of folks think the government should be in all walks of life…

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Utakata

You say that as it where a bad thing. O.o

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kimowar101

I really hope your joking…..

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Utakata

Err…I thought you where. #PoesLaw

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Jack Pipsam

All the nation’s which list most livable/best in the world have a heavy dose of socialism as part of them. I cannot really consider a nation developed really unless they have a lot of socialism at their core.
Unless of course, you’re thinking the good ol’ socialism =/= communism.

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kimowar101

I challenge you to check out what the working class in those countries pay for income tax:) please start with a lesser socialist country like Canada.

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Jack Pipsam

Higher tax, yeah. Not a problem. I don’t mind paying tax, it funds a civilised society. You can’t expect good things to happen across a nation without a healthy tax pool to draw from.
The whole “taxation is theft” thing is very much a US-bound concept, the nation which ends up paying far more individually for basic things like health care or life-saving medicine which can get heavily subsidised or even just provided for others.

It’s a more than fair trade-off for a higher quality of life. Just look at the education standards for public schools for example.
Otherwise, it’s just a “Fuck you, got mine!” philosophy which well… we see how that turns out lol.

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kimowar101

I don’t mind paying taxes either, but we are not talking a few extra bucks here…..most socialist countries tax at about 60%. the burden actually gets put on the middle class, so they move down instead of up in life….til they are also in need of socialist programs. then the system falls on itself.

you can not make wealth by dividing it, and its all good til you run out of other peoples money.

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Utakata

So your, err…”argument” against a socialist system is that you get to take less home when it comes to higher taxes? Even though under such a system, you get to do more with your earnings as you never have to worry about not having enough to feed or house yourself, or your family even. (Assuming of course, the system is done right.) The pay off is way too big for everyone else to wallow in your selfish desires to earn more…

…but that’s not what you where trolli…I mean, arguing though. You asserted without evidence about, “…government should be in all walks of life.” Which is essentially conflating better income redistribution with authoritarian/autocratic governing….when the two are entirely unrelated issues. And should be treated as such. I mean, do you think Trump or Bolsonaro are socialists because they are pro authoritarian? They certainly want to interfere within all walks of life if they can get away with it. And demonstratively so. o.O

But since you appear to be arguing in bad faith here, I am pretty sure that’s not it either. As I am sure it’s more about some old guy in a $5 k suit with a elephant pin stuck in their jacket that you hold in misplaced esteem telling you socialism is bad…for reasons. And often reasons that never add up under degree of scrutiny and/or evidence. I used to be that way…

…finally though, since this thread so far off-topic to which you started, I don’t want to waste anymore time on this than my pigtails have to. As I am also sure it will get cleaned all out with the moderation hammer. It’s an awful lot of typing down the drain to not convince a drive-by-poster that they are flat out wrong in their pig ignorant assertions. So I am done here entertaining this. As you are free to think what ever you want from here on.

Thnkx for your time though! <3

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3dom

I feel like I can get a decent hitman career in certain countries where governments agree to minimize jail terms based on my playing habits.
“Look, officer, I didn’t want to kill this entire family using chainsaw – despite $50k offered, it’s all video games’ fault!”
“Ah, I see, sorry for misunderstanding, two years on parole, you are forbidden to use PC or consoles during this time, and your phone shouldn’t have any games installed including Tetris – it may make you want to overthrow our wise government”

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Ririrawr

here we go again, joy

though, unlike india, nepal outright banned access instead of hounding only people playing in public

still as ridiculous as the last time; but that’s three countries implementing restrictions/bans (lets not forget china)

pubg mobile is stupid-popular in india and surrounding countries, and these same regions are a huge, just massive, cellphone consumer market. nearly every single young teen has a cell (often MULTIPLE)

vacations are supposed to be ending over there, i think; and this entire deal was brought on by mass complaints from parents and schooling bodies… just blaaaaaaah

can’t talk to our kids about better gaming habits, noooo; lets just make it go away and pretend it doesn’t exist

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Godnaz

Police actually arrested people for playing PUBG Mobile

When it gets to the point where government gets to make the choices for you and your family, in-turn, punishes you for it. Yep, gunna go there. Being killed by police for speaking out against violent sex crimes in a country that bans video games. I’m sorry if this angle appears shitty but this is how I see this part of the world.

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Mewmew

Why can’t the concerned parents just stop their own kids from playing? Why do they need to get it banned for everybody? This doesn’t seem like an issue the State should have any meddling in.

The conspiracy theory version (I’m not serious here but I have to suggest it anyway): Maybe PUBG bribed the NTA to do this in order to stir up news for the game and make more people want to play it elsewhere because it’s “banned” somewhere. They find some nation-state that pretty much has nobody playing the game at all (about zero sales there), bribe them to ban it, and get all these news agencies to report on it. “Hey we can play it here, let’s go get that banned game!” the sheeple exclaim. And we all buy that it was banned there for parental concerns, a single game that really isn’t that popular there. Baa.

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Armsbend

Because the state understands most parents aren’t worth a shit. It a big secret – parents aren’t worth a shit – everyone gets to take care of the now grown up once kid now a piece of shit.

So instead of doing that – you intervene.

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Just PUBG, nothing else… just PUBG?