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Chinese Government: 4 Million Addicted To 'Unhealthy' Games
Chinese Government: 4 Million Addicted To 'Unhealthy' Games
August 29, 2008 | By David Jenkins

August 29, 2008 | By David Jenkins
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Around four million Chinese youths are addicted to the Internet and “unhealthy” online games, according to claims made by the state controlled Beijing Times.

The newspaper report suggests that “Internet-addicted teenagers” account for around 10 percent of China’s total Web users under the age of 18. According to an AFP report of the story, the claims were made by Li Jianguo, a vice chairman of the standing committee of the National People's Congress.

The committee is calling for stricter monitoring of games that have illegal or inappropriate content. The committee’s definition of “unhealthy” includes extreme violence, games with sexual content and those in which Chinese nationals are featured as the enemy.

The Chinese government has already attempted to tighten control of content in online games, requiring operators to submit monthly monitoring reports on standards, particularly in regards to foreign-developed games which may make reference to touchy subjects such as Taiwan or Tibet.

In addition to this, publishers have been forced to include technology which reveals a user’s real name and identification number, as well as a plan for technology that automatically logs players off after a set number of hours of continuous play.


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Trevor Gray
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Dear China,



Please stop the coin farming and illegal transactions first spawning from your country first. The illegal activites such as fraud are a bigger issue currently.



thanks,



America

Thomas Grove
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See, even China realizes that World of Warcraft Teaches the Wrong Things.

Anonymous
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Dear China,



Please stop beating monks and free speech activists. Human rights violations are a bigger issue than internet addiction or fraud.



thanks,



Humanity

Abdulah Pouriliaee
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Dear China,



Feel free to boycott online games altogether as you did seven previous sessions of the Olympics.

While you're at it, please begin evolving your language to include less complicated glyphs so Babel Fish can more effectively be used to understand your entire country.



~D


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