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Chinese officials take Godfather game to the mattresses

The Chinese government has announced that it has banned online games that glamorize gangs. According to the government, any websites featuring or publicizing online games, which glamorize mafia gangs, will be "severely punished." Exactly what the severe punishment will be is unknown.

Reuters reports that the Culture Ministry said games that, "advocate obscenity, gambling, or violence," and "undermine morality and Chinese traditional culture." The official Xinhua news agency continued saying, "These games encourage people to deceive, loot and kill, and glorify gangsters' lives. It has a bad influence on youngsters."

The Chinese agency specifically pointed out the Godfather title from EA as one of the offending games. The Cultural Ministry has ordered law enforcement bodies to step up oversight on sites that continue to run this sort of game.

Chinese officials have a lot of ground to cover to enforce these rules. China's online game industry is expected to grow from 30 to 50% this year with sales revenues of as high as 27 billion yuan. China reportedly has about 200 million online game players, the largest number in the world.

China previously announced that Green Dam filtering software would be required on all computers sold in the country, but it backed down from that under criticism.

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By Shig on 7/28/2009 10:47:57 AM , Rating: 4
China needs to take a lesson from the US and our sad attempt at trying to ban alcohol. Obviously video games and alcohol are two different things, but they are both quite addicting and trying to prevent either is folly.

If they think banning games like that will prevent real gangs from forming...

RE: Prohibition
By rdeegvainl on 7/28/2009 10:50:48 AM , Rating: 1
but they are both quite addicting

not really

RE: Prohibition
By Tsuwamono on 7/28/2009 11:20:05 AM , Rating: 2
to weak people they are. Never understood how someone can get addicted to a game or alcohol.

RE: Prohibition
By danrien on 7/28/2009 11:34:13 AM , Rating: 5
heavy alcohol consumption actually changes the chemistry in the brain that then makes the person dependent on it. to compare that to a game, which is only psychologically addicting, is folly.

RE: Prohibition
By seraphim1982 on 7/28/2009 11:40:58 AM , Rating: 5
Not everyone can become alcoholic.... Some ethnic groups, with a high percent of being Asian, have a genetic allele, which drastically reduce the chance of alcohol dependency, please see Scientific America for more information on that.

Addiction is addiction, whether it be mental or physical addiction. Please note, mental addiction can, (but rarely) eventually become physical over a period of time as well.

RE: Prohibition
By MrBlastman on 7/28/09, Rating: 0
RE: Prohibition
By Spivonious on 7/28/2009 11:34:03 AM , Rating: 2
It's not hard to understand at all. Both are escapes from reality. If your regular life sucks enough, an escape becomes very appealing.

I'll leave your comment about "weak people" alone, since that would open up a whole 'nother can of worms.

RE: Prohibition
By MozeeToby on 7/28/2009 11:39:54 AM , Rating: 5
Ever watched a real video game addiction happen? The guys across the hall from me junior year of college slipped rapidly from hobby into, what I would call, an addiction. All had been gamers for most of their life but it took on a completely new lever for them that year.

They went from slightly eccentric college students to the stereotypical video game players that people make fun of. 20+ hours of play time a day, skipping class, skipping meals, skipping showers. Two lost their long term girlfriends, one dropped out of school before the end of the year, and another ended up a year behind.

I never would have thought it was possible for games to have such a detrimental effect on people's lives because I never imagined it was possible to become so obsessed with them (and that's coming from someone who admittedly plays too many video games). If the definition of an addiction is a compusion that you have little to no control over, that hurts you and your family and friends, video games can absolutly become an addiction.

RE: Prohibition
By ClownPuncher on 7/28/2009 12:19:32 PM , Rating: 3
Part of the problem is taking the responsibility away from the people who become addicted. Blaming the games and saying they have detrimental effect is erroneous. The responsibility lies fully on the individual.

RE: Prohibition
By Hiawa23 on 7/28/2009 12:21:25 PM , Rating: 2
to weak people they are. Never understood how someone can get addicted to a game or alcohol.

I don't know about your weak comment, cause if that's true then there many many many many weak people all across this world as there are people addicted to almost anything, so I can easily understand how someone can get addicted to anyone or anything. Any behavior unchecked can turn into an addiction. This seems to be a human condition, as many want something to either make the pain stop or take em away from whatever issue for whatever brief moment is happening in their life, so to me, I easily understand.

RE: Prohibition
By rudy on 7/28/2009 11:31:05 AM , Rating: 2
Next they will have underground internet cafes with full packet encryption and proxy to get you in on the big raid.

RE: Prohibition
By Gyres01 on 7/28/2009 12:33:22 PM , Rating: 2
China should stop worrying about what people do in their spare time and step of the quality control of their exports.

RE: Prohibition
By xxsk8er101xx on 7/28/2009 1:24:25 PM , Rating: 2
You clearly don't understand communism. In communism they kill you if you disobey or mock the government.

RE: Prohibition
By scrapsma54 on 7/30/2009 4:46:39 AM , Rating: 2
It sounds like someone needs to watch V for vindetta.

In related news
By FITCamaro on 7/28/2009 10:44:41 AM , Rating: 2
WoW lost about half its subscribers today.

RE: In related news
By AEvangel on 7/28/2009 10:45:49 AM , Rating: 5
Are the Horde a gang???

RE: In related news
By FITCamaro on 7/28/2009 12:20:15 PM , Rating: 2
You could call some guilds gangs.

RE: In related news
By WoWCow on 7/28/2009 2:15:49 PM , Rating: 2
You'd be surprised.

WoW is like SERIOUS BUSINESS to people its ridiculous

This article has it right down the pat:

Now adays you gotta interview and answer question L2Play and gear up or be a noob scrub.

Then theres also DKP system ran by the guild officers and guild leaders that becomes corrupt with each member trying to raise their dkp counts.

Not to mention in my experience, terrible people on pvp servers roam around in 5s and gank people then teabagging their corpse for an hour just for kicks.

Well, that sounds like how all gangs work now...

Initiation -> gang activity -> betrayal/snitch -> restart the cycle

RE: In related news
By Iaiken on 7/28/2009 5:30:56 PM , Rating: 2
Been playing since beta and I am in total agreement (except for the fake news post, though it was kinda funny).

I've seen that game taken too seriously far too many times for my liking. Some of the crap that I have seen makes the gents griefing 12 year old Britons on L2D look like Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

Mostly it just boils down to them needing one of two things:

- Realizing that what you do in the game doesn't matter.
- Realizing that what you do to other people in the game does matter.

But unfortunately "Common Decency" is becoming more of an oxymoron every day...

RE: In related news
By randomposter on 7/28/2009 10:57:15 AM , Rating: 2
... and about 90% of its gold farmers

RE: In related news
By callmeroy on 7/28/2009 11:00:01 AM , Rating: 4
I'd love for that statement to be it won't be.

RE: In related news
By callmeroy on 7/28/2009 11:02:47 AM , Rating: 2
What's interesting is all the attention WoW gets in the states and yet only 2.2 million out of over 10 million subscribers are in the United States.

In fact there are more European subscribers who play the game than US. I suppose that's one reason why 98% of all first boss kills and instance clears are done by an EU of averages.

RE: In related news
By jRaskell on 7/28/2009 11:37:23 AM , Rating: 1
To put that in a different perspective, roughly 22% of WoW subscribers are located in a country that accounts for only about 4.5% of the total world population.

RE: In related news
By Hiawa23 on 7/28/2009 12:01:40 PM , Rating: 3
According to the government, any websites featuring or publicizing online games, which glamorize mafia gangs, will be "severely punished."

Wonder what this means. Maybe more suicides, accidental or questionable deaths. Wow, one more reason why I am glad I live in the States. We have our cultural & racial issues here, but you atleast have a choice to decide for yourself. How was Gears of War 1 or 2 received, or Killzone as these games are violent as h***, & I love em.

I agree with the Chinese that maybe kids shouldn't have access to this stuff, but as an adult I should have the right to surf the net looking for violent games, porn(not kids) or whatever.

Sorry to disagree, China
By dragunover on 7/28/2009 10:46:08 AM , Rating: 2
But I believe team games with VOIP like Battlefield 2 : Project Reality (mod) really are encouraging gangs more than any "godfather" game.

RE: Sorry to disagree, China
By chick0n on 7/28/2009 11:04:16 AM , Rating: 2
godfather type game is pure gang vs gang game.

Battlefield is not.

get it?

Chinese Traditional Culture
By AntiM on 7/28/2009 11:00:54 AM , Rating: 1
I don't see how China can expect to march ahead technologically while still maintaining their "traditional culture". I don't think the 2 goals are compatible. They will no doubt keep trying.

RE: Chinese Traditional Culture
By DOOA on 7/28/2009 2:08:21 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed that they cannot stay socialistic and still farm/sell gold on WOW as that is pure capitalism.
Perhaps "Traditional Chinese" will be more an attitude of tolerance and reverence of family which would not exclude changes in other areas.

Chinese form of skydiving?
By frobizzle on 7/28/2009 11:05:02 AM , Rating: 3
Exactly what the severe punishment will be is unknown.

Perhaps there will be more "suicide" jumping out of windows.

Here come the bans
By nvalhalla on 7/28/2009 11:15:03 AM , Rating: 2
I suspect every video game review site will be banned, they all "publicize" gang games. I'm sure most every video game related website will have ads for gang games, which should also apply. What about youtube videos that feature scenes from these games? This is really going to be difficult to enforce, even for China.

China sucks
By tviceman on 7/28/2009 11:15:28 AM , Rating: 1
I think the world should ban China.

RE: China sucks
By Tsuwamono on 7/28/2009 11:21:16 AM , Rating: 1
+1 lol

Exactly how will they BAN these games???
By Oxygenthief on 7/28/09, Rating: -1
RE: Exactly how will they BAN these games???
By Oxygenthief on 7/28/2009 12:57:39 PM , Rating: 1
Got the balls to vote me down, but not the brainpower to form a response? Gotta love Vote-Trolls...

RE: Exactly how will they BAN these games???
By Yongsta on 7/28/2009 1:20:49 PM , Rating: 2
Or maybe they just don't want to reply to idiots, wait I just did...

RE: Exactly how will they BAN these games???
By Oxygenthief on 7/28/09, Rating: 0
By Yongsta on 7/28/2009 4:51:47 PM , Rating: 1
Well how many people will actually reply with "Tom, Dick, and Harry" if the roles were reversed? Oh yeah, only the handful of idiots who fail at attempting humor... just like yourself. Do you get your kicks from trying to pick fights on Dailytech? Good for you, but it's time to move out of mom's basement.

RE: Exactly how will they BAN these games???
By Maxima2k2se on 7/28/2009 1:56:39 PM , Rating: 2
Considering every Chong, Ping, and Lee in China obtains their copies of games illegally

I am going to take a wild stab and assume this statement is the reason why.

RE: Exactly how will they BAN these games???
By Oxygenthief on 7/28/2009 2:47:53 PM , Rating: 2
See my response to Yongsta...

No point in saying the same thing twice.

RE: Exactly how will they BAN these games???
By Maxima2k2se on 7/28/2009 4:15:03 PM , Rating: 2
If that is what you actually meant with no harm intended then I give you a "golf clap" for actually doing the research to argue your point. Problem is the implications in your statement and you right off the bat "assume" he pulled the race card. All he did was call you an idiot. He could have been calling you and idiot because you assumed all Chinese gamers "steal" their games instead of getting legit copies. You brought up race and had to backup your statement with research. So obviously you had that in mind from the get go. Who was the idiot again?

RE: Exactly how will they BAN these games???
By Oxygenthief on 7/28/2009 4:35:02 PM , Rating: 1
Actually I combined my response to his and your posts into one reply. Thus why I pointed my reply to you back to my reply to Yongsta.

After reading your response, I assumed both of you were forum trolls attempting to destroy an otherwise inoccuous post (by pulling the race card) and as a result my reply seemed fitting for both of you (like minds, or troll minds in this case, think alike after all).

So to answer your question, the idiot label seems fitting for both of you now, thanks for asking...

RE: Exactly how will they BAN these games???
By Maxima2k2se on 7/28/2009 5:00:53 PM , Rating: 2
You still fail at the game of life. Please show me where him or I pulled the race card in the 2 statements responding to yours about vote trolls?

My statement was my opinion on why you were getting modded down, and his was just simply calling you an idiot.

Thank you drive through!

RE: Exactly how will they BAN these games???
By Oxygenthief on 7/29/2009 7:45:27 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, no one buys your answer. You are still tap dancing around my point. You and the other troll brought up race, not me. Hell you even tried to "correct" your remark in one of your latter posts to say you weren't commenting on race but rather that everyone steals.

My observation still stands, you are the retarded troll. Crawl back under the bridge you came from or go back to McDonalds (you seem to have the "thank you drive through" verbiage down pat).

Maxima2k2se = MEGAFAIL

By Maxima2k2se on 7/29/2009 6:08:16 PM , Rating: 2
LOL your right I did fail, I failed to see that you were trolling me along. To answer you though if you look at the time stamps on all the statements you will notice you were the FIRST one to bring race into anything when you claimed Yongsta pulled the race card when all he did was call you an idiot. The statement I corrected was because I had the balls to admit I miss quoted you. Keep digging though one day you might reach china. Ok I am done being trolled on this topic at least... Go eat a bag of D!cks and choke :)

RE: Exactly how will they BAN these games???
By Maxima2k2se on 7/28/2009 4:42:20 PM , Rating: 3
because you assumed all Chinese gamers "steal"

"because you assumed every Chinese gamer named Chong, Ping and Lee "steal"


DT is it seriously that hard to get an edit function?

By Oxygenthief on 7/29/2009 7:47:59 AM , Rating: 2
Nice backpedaling...

I only wish you would have corrected yourself before you decided to troll my posts. Would have saved me three or four attempts to correct your retarded self.

At least you are willing to admit that you are an F-tard. Kudos corky!

RE: Exactly how will they BAN these games???
By rennya on 7/28/2009 3:07:16 PM , Rating: 1
You were modded troll because those Chongs, Pings and Lees did not necessarily obtain those game illegally. Unless of course you have proof that the piracy rate in China is 100%. Plus, most of the online gamers in China plays free MMORPGs or the ones that needed subscription (this one is rarer though).

RE: Exactly how will they BAN these games???
By Oxygenthief on 7/28/2009 4:23:26 PM , Rating: 1
Unless of course you have proof that the piracy rate in China is 100%.

Yeah, hold on let me reach into my @ss and pull out the proof you need. Because without the 100% my point is moot, right?

Wow! If I understand you correctly my question of how China will perform the action of banning the game with the implied sentiment that the MAJORITY of China currently pirates such games is not of consequece because 100% of the population doesnt pirate? WTF?

By the looks of things, you yourself were modded down. More than likely because you make absolutely no sense what-so-ever. Thanks for playing Vote-Troll, it was fun.

RE: Exactly how will they BAN these games???
By rennya on 7/28/2009 8:15:43 PM , Rating: 2
Eh, I don't see red unlike your first post. I don't think you know how mainland China online gamers plays, or else you won't say the things you claim in the first post of yours (still red from here).

Now, you still haven't answered the question on how these Chinese pirates can 'pirate' free MMORPGs yet. And calling the majority of them pirates is why your first post stay in red unlike my previous one (and likely this one too). Remember, Chinese gamers do not play games Americans/Europeans do. I pretty damn sure that you do not know the Chinese gamers, or ever visit the country, or even have any friends from that part of the world for making such ignorant statement that makes your been vote-down into the red.

By Oxygenthief on 7/29/2009 7:54:29 AM , Rating: 2
Vote-Trolls travel in packs. It only takes two retards like yourself to put someone in the red. I am guessing you Yongsta and Maxima2k2se are all part of the "ghey gamers for China" clan. But at least you have friends now...

As for me not answering your question on how the chinese pirate "free" games... WTF are you talking about retard. Did you not even read the article? No one here, except you, is talking about "free" games. Pull your head out.

As for not knowing anyone in that country, you are right, I do not. I do know that there are a ton of articles on the subject of China being one of the worst offenders when it comes to pirating games and dvds. WHICH WAS MY POINT FROM THE BEGINNING YOU RETARDED TROLL!

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