China Details Internet and Online Gaming Crackdown

The Chinese government has announced details of its plan to target internet cafes, illegal computer markets and specific online games to reduce juvenile crime, the Associated Press reports.

The plan, dubbed "Operation For Tomorrow", is aimed at restricting access to online games that the Chinese government considers violent or undesirable for young people. The announcement clarifies a statement released in January in which officials condemned online gaming as a "spiritual opium."

The government intends to close several unlicensed internet cafes and increase regulation on legal ones, citing the presence of readily-available access to online gaming as breeding grounds for internet addiction.

As a means of regulating the industry, China has enacted laws barring anybody under the age of 18 from entering internet cafes, and mandated time restrictions on adult players. Recent figures released by the state-owned Xinhua News Agency estimate that over 40 million people in China play online games.

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    February 18, 2008 1:21 PM

    Reason #2,532 I don't live in China.

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      February 18, 2008 1:32 PM

      Reason #2,384: Shitty Mexican food.

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        February 18, 2008 5:13 PM

        That's usuallyright around reason # 3 for me...but yeah. Shitty mexican food. :(

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      February 18, 2008 1:38 PM, that's a lot of gripes with big red brother.

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      February 18, 2008 2:08 PM

      In the Simpsons episode "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge", Itchy & Scratchy gets canceled and there is a long montage of the kids going outside to play and doing other related good social activities. I wonder how close that is to the truth?

      Point is, the internet is full of stories of people destroying relationships, losing their jobs, and even their lives playing video games. I am no psychology major but I am guessing that constitutes legitimate addictive behavior and clearly something needs to be done to address it; especially on a scale of 40 million people.

      While there are no easy answers here, I am certainly not for the government calling the shots; but, I think, the gaming industry could be doing more to educate young people on the risks of addiction and encouraging better social behavior.

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        February 18, 2008 3:23 PM

        get off my internet

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        February 18, 2008 3:39 PM

        something needs to be done to address it

        so big white daddy government should do it? Sorry but I'm kind of attached to making decisions about my own welfare, thanks.

        Sometimes I wonder if people truly know what the role of Government is supposed to be. One thing is they aren't supposed to be surrogate parents.

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        February 18, 2008 8:10 PM

        At the same time, there is something called personal accountability, much like those kids who got fat from McDonalds. Why should everyone else get penalized for ill behavior that a few people engage in. Then again, why should we admit that we as individuals are at fault when the gov't can regulate it instead. Not only do we lose freedoms, but at least we have someone other than ourselves to blame.

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