China has been investing a great deal of money into its computing infrastructure, given how vital science and industry is for the country's future. "China now claims 15 of the world's 500 fastest computers. That make it the top-ranking supercomputing country outside the United States, Western Europe and Japan," Vance adds. Given the rapid adoption of online gaming throughout China and the revenues it represents, the gaming industry's focus on obtaining more computing power has likely only just begun.
The New York Times piece,"Computing from Weather to Warcraft" is an interesting look at the growing prevalence of supercomputers in the MMO industry, and for another angle on this, you might also want to see WoW Insider's coverage of Blizzard, The9, and gaming supercomputers.