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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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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.

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