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Sensitive Words: Video Game Easter Eggs Irk Censors

The inclusion of  “easter eggs” referencing pejorative nicknames of Chinese president Xi Jinping in an independent video game from Taiwan has resulted in several related terms becoming censored from Chinese search results or prohibited from being posted on Weibo, and has also led...

China tightening control of online game contents – smh.com

From smh.com.au: China is tightening controls on its booming online game industry, requiring distributors to closely monitor game contents after some were found that included forbidden religious or political material, a state news agency said Tuesday. The announcement adds to government efforts to tighten controls over Chinese newspapers, television and other media. Distributors must obtain […]

Cyberwars Of The World – ESWN

From EastSouthWestNorth: This is a translation of a column in the print edition of Sing Tao (August 2, 2005, p. A24). August 15 is the 60th anniversary of the War of Resistance Against Japan. From a month ago, there have been various commemorative activities that have fanned the nationalistic sentiments of the Chinese people on […]

China may issue new strategy to boost development of online games – report

From AFX, via Forbes.com: China’s government may issue a new strategy next month to encourage development in the online gaming industry, the China Daily reported, citing an official at the Ministry of Culture. Zhang Xinjian, deputy director general of the department of the culture market under the ministry, was cited as saying that his department, […]

Louisa Lim: Fantasies inspire Chinese gamers

From BBC NEWS: Ancient warlords and dragons that breathe fireballs loom large in China’s online fantasy games. And the virtual world is sometimes taking precedence over the real one for the growing band of online gamers. International firms are eyeing China’s computer gaming industry because it offers huge prospects for growth. But one unusual story, […]

Chinese online gamer stabbed for selling virtual sword

From the Manawatu Standard: New Zealand’s leading news and information website: A Shanghai online game player stabbed to death a competitor who sold his cyber-sword, the China Daily said yesterday, creating a dilemma in China where no law exists for the ownership of virtual weapons. Qiu Chengwei, 41, stabbed competitor Zhu Caoyuan repeatedly in the […]

AFP: Online games sales soar in Internet-mad China

From AFP, via Middle East Times: China, home to the world’s second largest number of Internet users, saw sales of online games in 2004 soar 47.9 percent to 2.47 billion yuan ($298.44 million), state media reported on Tuesday. Among China’s 94 million Internet users, 20.25 million were online games enthusiasts, Xinhua news agency reported, citing […]

AFP: China Bans 50 Electronic Games

From RedNova News: “China has banned 50 electronic games, including FIFA Soccer 2005 and Microsoft’s Age of Mythology, as part of a campaign to combat what it sees as harmful influences on the young, state media said. As well as cracking down on computer software, the government will also focus this year on ‘illegal publications’, […]

China Bans a New Computer Video Game

From the ABC News: “China has banned a new computer game for referring to Taiwan and other regions claimed by China as separate countries. The ban underscores China’s extreme sensitivity over any perceived slight to its national prestige amid rising global economic and political clout. Officially ‘Football Manager 2005,’ a British game that hit markets […]

China opens up to Electronic Arts

From BBC today: “Electronic Arts, the world’s biggest computer games firm, is setting up a development studio in China. The firm said it hopes to have 500 staff at the Chinese arm, which should help it capitalise on the massive demand in Asia for online gaming.” The full article is here.

China to launch nationwide crackdown against online computer games

According to AFP: “China is gearing up for a nationwide crackdown on online computer games, including those with sensitive political content, officials said. The operation is the latest attempt by China to rein in what it perceives as the harmful influences of the Internet in a country where usage has exploded in recent years, with […]

Chinese Government Supports Online Game Industry

Chinadaily published a news report from Xinhua today on China’s online game industry. The report said that China game industry were expected to make US$250 million this year. Here are some quotes from the report: “The companies are riding the surging popularity of online games among an estimated 40 million of China’s 78 million Internet […]

Fun And Games In China

Forbes reported that Online gaming companies are beginning to successfully get customers to pay their services. “Revenue in China for what is currently a nascent business is likely to quadruple from this year to about $1 billion in 2006”. Online games are likely to be played by a large number of people at any given […]

USBancorp Analyst: Rosy Outlook for China Internet

Safa Rashtchy, who covers internet for USBankcorp, recently went to China and came back with a good report. His homepage is here but you have to be a client to get the reports, I get his emails as a journalist, and I’ll post the summar in the “more” area…

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