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Labyrrinth
04-11-2007, 09:59 AM
As of April 15 a new regulation takes effect in China which will limit the number of hours a child under the age of 18 can play video games. The Chinese Government has made it mandatory for all game operators to install anti-addiction software on their games. Those games not embedded with the software by July 16 will be shut down.

Zhao Yurun, a spokesman for The9 that runs World of Warcraft in China, said yesterday the system will not have a great impact on the company since a majority of its players are adults.

Read the article in its entirety here (http://english.people.com.cn/200704/10/eng20070410_364977.html).

Lord_Bachus
04-11-2007, 11:11 AM
As of April 15 a new regulation takes effect in China which will limit the number of hours a child under the age of 18 can play video games. The Chinese Government has made it mandatory for all game operators to install anti-addiction software on their games. Those games not embedded with the software by July 16 will be shut down.



Read the article in its entirety here (http://english.people.com.cn/200704/10/eng20070410_364977.html).

Do chineese only play online games?

fatsuprman
04-11-2007, 11:32 AM
Do the Chinese have a seperate client to us? for like.....limiting capatilsm and democracy?

masterloo
04-11-2007, 01:27 PM
Do the Chinese have a seperate client to us? for like.....limiting capatilsm and democracy?

lol

phozfate
04-11-2007, 05:01 PM
Ripping off movies, music, and cloths are ok in china.... kids playing video games aren't

Dirtch
04-11-2007, 09:07 PM
Ripping off movies, music, and cloths are ok in china.... kids playing video games aren't

Aren't we all glad we're not little 12 year old boys and girls...Well, at least not physically and real-time wise...some of us are still sub-18 in the head >_>

Hoid
04-11-2007, 11:27 PM
I know right now 3 hours isn't enough for some of those kids. Some bad things will probably happen if they can't play longer. That's just my guess.

There are some people that have killed them selves ect. over online game so this'll be pretty risky for some kids.

Addiction isn't good either so I don't know what to say. But I will say this: I'd rather have some kid addicted to online games than kill himself.

I hope it works out ok for them.

I play about 3-6hours a day right after work and I don't know what I'd do if I was limited to 3 hours, especially on the weekends. Sure I could do other stuff but I love to play online games. I don't think i'm addicted because I will easily go eat dinner or see a movie instead of play some Vanguard. Unless something really cool is going on but I've never turned down gonig to the Movie Theatres for online games yet.

splok
04-12-2007, 05:03 AM
Unless their tracking system is all encompassing, this just means people will play multiple characters on different or multiple games (and that people will spend even more energy attempting to play non-Chinese versions of their games). I'm not sure how their system works, but in Korea, to play any online game, you have to log in with your national ID number. Using that, it would be possible, at least in theory, to limit your playing of any online game.

Of course, this could never cover people with access (however it is obtained) to foreign games, non-central multiplayer games like fps's, or unofficial emu-servers (though I would certainly not want to risk running one in violation of policy if I lived in China).

Regardless of how effective it is, the internet regulation in China is a scary thing imo.

Atlas
04-12-2007, 05:25 AM
Do the Chinese have a seperate client to us? for like.....limiting capatilsm and democracy?

Oh, if you think the US government doesn't limit us in all kinds of unnecessary ways you are mistaken. You're quick to judge others, but perhaps you don't look so closely at the country you're from. Limiting game playing time may make as much sense as limiting smoking, drinking, and driving age. The science is not yet out on that, but I don't think you need a scientist to tell you that people didn't evolve to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day.

riblet
04-12-2007, 07:17 AM
The science is not yet out on that, but I don't think you need a scientist to tell you that people didn't evolve to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day.

We may be evolving right now. Think of all the real-life marriages between people who meet in MMO's, or the families of MMO'ers forming the heart of a guild. If you put enough MMO'ers together and start producing children, the best gamers will get to participate more often than the poor gamers. :pirate:

I predict that given another 100 years, we will have great-great-great-grand-children with lightening fast reactions, eyes that have trouble seeing "outside", and the ability to use the restroom only twice a week.

fatsuprman
04-12-2007, 01:04 PM
Oh, if you think the US government doesn't limit us in all kinds of unnecessary ways you are mistaken. You're quick to judge others, but perhaps you don't look so closely at the country you're from. Limiting game playing time may make as much sense as limiting smoking, drinking, and driving age. The science is not yet out on that, but I don't think you need a scientist to tell you that people didn't evolve to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day.

I'm quick to judge because I'm British....now can I offer you cupa rosy, sunshine?

and when it comes to evolution sitting in front of a computer beats sitting on me arse in a jungle

ikaoma420
04-12-2007, 02:52 PM
I guess China is Brads "core" audience.

Xaylin
04-12-2007, 04:51 PM
We may not have evolved to sit infront of a computer screen, but most people seek to integrate themselves to some society and as much as people seek to disprove it, online games are one of the most accepting societies in existance.

Canlocu
04-12-2007, 07:54 PM
We may be evolving right now. Think of all the real-life marriages between people who meet in MMO's, or the families of MMO'ers forming the heart of a guild. If you put enough MMO'ers together and start producing children, the best gamers will get to participate more often than the poor gamers. :pirate:

I predict that given another 100 years, we will have great-great-great-grand-children with lightening fast reactions, eyes that have trouble seeing "outside", and the ability to use the restroom only twice a week.

That is the funniest shiz I have read all week, thx!

MisterT
04-13-2007, 07:23 AM
As of April 15 a new regulation takes effect in China which will limit the number of hours a child under the age of 18 can play video games. The Chinese Government has made it mandatory for all game operators to install anti-addiction software on their games. Those games not embedded with the software by July 16 will be shut down.



Read the article in its entirety here (http://english.people.com.cn/200704/10/eng20070410_364977.html).

Does this include chinese goldfarmers? :p

Oh no they are older :rolleyes:

Solymnar
04-13-2007, 08:12 AM
Oh, if you think the US government doesn't limit us in all kinds of unnecessary ways you are mistaken. You're quick to judge others, but perhaps you don't look so closely at the country you're from. Limiting game playing time may make as much sense as limiting smoking, drinking, and driving age. The science is not yet out on that, but I don't think you need a scientist to tell you that people didn't evolve to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day.

Limiting smoking is actually rather important, problem being that when a smoker lights up, so does everyone around them, weather they want to or not. And as more evidence comes to light from research on secondhand smoke people are going to start getting pissed and cause friction as that knowledge become common. Ignoring that smoking (among many things) causes crushing burdons on the healthcare system. All said and done, yeah its a good thing to limit. As for drinking age and driving etc...I like the german's solution. They are pretty loose about age, but are not remotely loose about screwing up. If you are caught drinking and driving in germany kiss you licence goodbye. They give their citizens the choice to be responcible on their own, and smack em upside the head if they mess up.

Esanguiner
04-13-2007, 10:49 AM
Oh, if you think the US government doesn't limit us in all kinds of unnecessary ways you are mistaken. You're quick to judge others, but perhaps you don't look so closely at the country you're from. Limiting game playing time may make as much sense as limiting smoking, drinking, and driving age. The science is not yet out on that, but I don't think you need a scientist to tell you that people didn't evolve to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day.

Except it's a parenting job not a government job limiting video game use. What else is there to do in that hopeless society?

Defmetal
04-14-2007, 10:02 PM
Go socialism go!
*sarcasm*