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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: 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...


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