China goes gangbusters on games (literally)


The Chinese government is cracking down on those darn computer games and intertron sites, Rueters reports, with a focus on those that feature gangs or ganglike stuff. While the situation has yet to reach Shark or Jet-sized proportions in the country, the Culture Ministry says these games and any sites that feature them "undermine morality and Chinese traditional culture." A recent report says that heavier penalties will be given to violators and contributes more on the country's stance, stating that these kinds of games "encourage people to deceive, loot and kill, and glorify gangsters' lives. It has a bad influence on youngsters." Wow, sound like Jack Thompson much?

It makes sense. Of course a Communist country would have a problem with anything that glorifies groups that aren't Communist. We do agree with the age thing, though. If you're a parent and you let your young kids play games with adult themes, you fail.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.