Chinese government offers diminishing returns to gamers

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china-cybercafe-policy.jpgThe Chinese government certainly view Internet gaming as a scourge of modern times, and apparently parents don’t do much to rein in their children who spend hours upon countless hours in online games, forcing the powers that be to take a stronger stance against this much abused leisure activity. Starting from April 15th, Internet game operators are expected to install anti-addiction software on their games to help combat indiscipline among gamers below 18. Everyone will also be required to register using their real name as well as identity card numbers.

This system will be known as the anti-online game addiction system, where the first three hours of play will give the player maximum points in the virtual world, and the following two hours will only garner half the amount while anything more than five hours yield zilch. This system of diminishing returns is also enforced with a message saying, “You have entered unhealthy game time, please go offline immediately to rest. If you do not, your health will be damaged and your points will be cut to zero.” every 15 minutes thereafter.

I don’t think this move will do much to help the situation. First of all, the parents ought to take the responsibility of raising their children, teaching them the value of doing everything in moderation. Secondly, using identity cards as a registration method is somewhat flawed since these youngsters won’t have any problem getting an adult’s particulars to register, thus giving unlimited access to the game minus the penalties. Even if this measure was implemented, they’ll just turn towards other online games that do not come under such regulations. What do you guys think?

Source: Game Addicts

2 reviews or comments

Abdul Says: April 14, 2007 at 5:25 am

It won’t work

I can already see flaws in it

How will you gurantee that the player is the actual person and not someone with a fake ID?

Also kids tend to carry on, personally I’d not follow the rules and carry on

no Says: April 14, 2007 at 4:09 pm

This is one reason China will take over America in the world stage. While we get fat and lazy and outsource all of our work to other countries at the expense of our own population, they’re reducing the amount of time their people can spend wasted on meaningless endeavors rather than contributing to their society and economy.

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