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Chinese officials are reportedly in the process of reconsidering the country's ban on game consoles, a move which could end a 12-year prohibition.
Bloomberg news, citing the state-run China Daily, says members of China's Ministry of Culture are in talks with other political bureaus. The ban was implemented by seven ministries in 2000, and Bloomberg is reporting that all would have to agree before the ban could end. The prohibition was designed to protect children from the perceived negative effects from gaming, though gamers are able to play on PCs.
Stock prices for both Sony and Nintendo rose in the Japanese market following the announcement. If the ban was reversed, the Chinese market could be extremely lucrative for both console manufacturers and software publishers.
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Glad to hear it. China's been missing out on some pretty transformative gaming experiences.
But it's for the chillllllllun
I wonder how this would change business? Probably not a huge Affect on the American market, just sorta scared that china will take over the world ...
Also I wish to note the irony that china is possibly lessening the limits on consoles while America could possibly be putting greater restriction on video games.
If both sides do the possible tho g the that would make a very screwed up balance.
To those who have no idea what they are talking about. China banned consoles only means that there are no official version of xbox ps and wii. There are countless number of individual get their games and system from HongKong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and US on their own and sell them to the people who really want to play. All the Chinese gaming website have great coverage of the news here and strategy guide for all the games. The Chinese player has a wider access of games from Japan and US where people here have hard access to Japanese games. Even if the government allows this the M rated games will be converted to a friendly version to pass government regulation. Therefore for those who are playing the game now will still get the US version of the game. A lot of my friends are playstation plus members from China on Europe HK and America server.
And its kinda funny how China is reconsidering the harm while US government is studying the harm.
I find it strange that only consoles were banned, considering the abundance of "adults only" material that the PC as a gaming platform is swamped with. Or does China have some sort of firewall around sites which sell PC games?