China is really adding that youth gaming curfew and block on sex and gore in games

    
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Sometimes it’s easy to forget that gamers over in China have it very different than we do in the west. If you need a reminder to this effect, then how about new guidelines that the Chinese government has proposed to ban kids from gaming at night.

NPR is reporting that the directives prohibit all gaming for minors (that’s anyone under 18 years of age) between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Oh, and there’s more: Kids are also restricted to just 90 minutes of gaming per weekday except for holidays and have a hard cap on the amount of money they can spend on microtransactions. This is being done because, supposedly, excess gaming affects kids’ learning and health, which was the same justification given by multiple Chinese gaming companies that instituted their own game-specific, age-specific curfews earlier this year.

The directives went further than this, prohibiting any gamer — youth or adult — from partaking in titles that include “sexual explicitness, goriness, violence, and gambling.” These regulations, as we’ve previously discussed, will be enforced thanks to mandatory registration in which all gamers have to log their real names and phone numbers before accessing online titles.

“We are also going to gradually perfect and enrich the functions of the identification system, to achieve gaming time data sharing across platforms, so we could know and therefore restrict the total time every minor spends on gaming across platforms,” the Chinese government stated.

Ignoring widespread criticism of the science and impact, the World Health Organization officially added “gaming disorder” aka gaming addiction to its official disease classifications earlier this year. At the time, journalists exposed that WHO admitted it was acting under “enormous pressure” from Asian countries to legitimize the disorder, suggesting the adoption had more to do with politics than science or health.

Source: NPR, Kotaku. Thanks Pepperzine!

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Chosenxeno .

It’s their Country. Not my business, really.

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flying_dutchman

I don’t really disagree with the idea, but it’s basically how I feel about Gun Control.

Just because the law might be reasonable doesn’t mean the government should be able to jam it down our throats.

Then again I’ve been raised in a society that glorifies freedom. The idea that my political views are fundamentally correct and theirs are fundamentally incorrect is a dangerous one.

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Zero_1_Zerum

Chinese government meeting: “Since we can’t quite control people’s brains completely yet, what else haven’t we controled?”

“Uh…what kids do with their free time?”

“Perfect, get ’em while they’re young! Get them used to it, so much that they won’t even try to form another revolution and kill us when they’re adults.”

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Jack Pipsam

Yikes! That’s disgusting!
The Chinese Government is pure and simply, evil.

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MurderHobo

I’m so glad to hear people finally saying this. We should never have rebuilt them.

MacArthur was right.

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Sorenthaz

Well good news for any Western developers looking to try and prey on the mobile market in China.

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flamethekid .

“sexual explicitness, goriness, violence, and gambling.”

so basically no triple A games, and no pokemon or zelda either

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Armsbend

I actually agree with those measures. 10 to 8am is reasonable. 90 minutes a day is reasonable. Most parents aren’t good, smart or dedicated enough to ensure their kids stay healthy.

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Bannex

Yes and most governments make terrific parents.

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Bruno Brito

Gotta agree with Bannex on this one, Bend.

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Jack Pipsam

If by “healthy” you mean instead spend their time with Propaganda TV then sure.

Because it’s certainly not their air quality.

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Utakata

…in the end though, that’s probably not the best way to raise children.

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Frank White

Eh, just no. 90 minutes a day? I agree that it’s not a horrible idea to restrict gaming time for young kids, but it’s definitely not the job of the government. And 90 minutes…. If they play an MMO, it could take most of that time just to organize and complete a guild raid or whatever, lol. Christ, why don’t they at least give them the weekends too, just restrict play time on school days? Or do they have to go to school 7 days a week now in China? Wouldn’t surprise me.

What worries me most is how all of this will affect game development in the West, and how it will eventually spill over more and more into movies and other media, as everyone and their uncle try to cater to the Chinese market. Well timed with the release of Disney Plus? In 10 years we could find ourselves living in Universal Disney World.

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Bannex

Socialism totally works!!!

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McGuffn

If a certain current US president told all his followers to make crap steel in their backyard furnaces you know they would.

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Schmidt.Capela

It’s what you get when the presidency falls into the lap of someone with a fanatical following but a strong distrust of science, who thinks themself smarter and more capable than all the specialists and scientists and can convince their followers of the same.

Which is how Mao managed to create an ecological crisis that ruined harvests for roughly a decade and caused the worst famine in modern history.

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Utakata

I totally agree with you!!! Been saying that for years now! #AlsoWearsAPinkShirt

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Frank White

They’re isn’t one simple definition of “socialism,” and it definitely doesn’t always fit whatever neat and negative framework some people (e.g. Trump supporters) in the US want to put it in. A lot of the things most people in the US appreciate and enjoy are arguably “Socialist” in nature, like the Medicare that will probably pay for most of your medical bills when you’re old and can no longer work.

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I wonder what else they’ll use that information for?

This is why the China issue isn’t going away any time soon – for Blizzard or any other corporation doing business there. Even if the situation in Hong Kong doesn’t end badly (and that’s a huge if) the CCP are going to continue with these Orwellian experiments in social/thought/action control, and because of the global market it will bleed over to the rest of us, even if it only does so in the form of “here’s what your favourite game dev/movie studio does differently in China” stories.

And every time it does someone will say “oh hey, remember Blitzchung?”

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MurderHobo

I wonder what else they’ll use that information for?

It will be used as the Party requires, for the greater good, of course.

This transcends political tribalism for me. It always has. It transcends my opinions on economic warfare and nationalism, because it’s personal. These are our worlds. We built them, inhabited them, and we produced far more value to Progress than I think most people realize or acknowledge, and to see this naked authoritarianism invade our worlds fills me with a cold resolve I haven’t experienced in many years.

I’m an ent, here. The forest is my concern, and these people should know better.

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Mewmew

The situation in Hong Kong *is* going to end badly for the people of Hong Kong. China just doesn’t want to wait and they do terrible things right now to the people of Hong Kong, but there is no happy ending coming. One country, two systems is set to end in 2047, then all is China’s anyway.

In the very best of circumstances, China would just leave Hong Kong alone for 27 years before owning them. Hong Kong is screwed either way soon, but it sure would be nice if China stopped the bullying and kidnapping and let them have their 27 years.

Hong Kong wants to be free, but China isn’t going to let that happen, and is anybody really going to fight China for HK? Britain made the agreement to return HK to China, China didn’t take it back by military force. Who is going to want to fight China for a legal transfer in their own Country? They can’t keep their dirty honey-covered paws out of HK for now, but it won’t be long that they no longer have to. Hong Kong is basically screwed.

Still yes, we should very much pressure China to let the people of Hong Kong have their 27 years without the scum-sucking Chinese overlords doing whatever they want to them. All of the free world should be coming together to put that pressure on China. Very few people are.

China wishes it could silence the world the same way they edit their own news and what people there can see and know. And basically they’re doing a really good job of that.

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Arktouros

Always crazy to me the level of social experimentation and restrictions put into place in China. I mean it all sounds awful and I certainly want no part of it, but I’d be lying if I’d say I wasn’t curious what large scale social effect this kind of thing has on a population 5 or 10 or 15 years down the line. Almost kinda like MMO design where you can see what the developers intended with their rule set/world design but how people behave within that system doesn’t always line up with those intentions.