China Plans New Ratings System for Games, Books, Movies

A system for censoring and categorizing online games will be installed by the end of the month, with ratings systems for books and movies to come in the near future. Games will now be categorized by age appropriateness, similar to the current ESRB system in America. This is just a part of a series of efforts made to control the access citizens have to the internet.

“The online games ratings system has been accompanied by other efforts to control public access to the Internet, such as installation of surveillance cameras, filters and official registration in cyber cafes. Authorities in Shanghai and other cities have sought to bar children from such establishments by threatening to close any that allow access to children. ”

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