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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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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.

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