China is said to be reviewing several new games to ensure they meet the country’s strict criteria for content and protection of underage players.
China’s strict rules of the game
According to Bloomberg, the Chinese media watchdog is reassessing game titles that have been submitted for approval by Tencent and Netease to ensure they meet the criteria introduced in August.
Reuters reported that Tencent and Netease did not respond to the publication’s request for comment.
In August, China banned players under the age of 18 from playing video games for more than three hours per week.
The Strict Rule was created to stop the growing addiction to video games, which the Chinese watchdog called spiritual opium.
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The National Press and Publications Administration or NPPA has asked game developers to submit their titles for re-evaluation after the new rule takes effect.
Now media regulators are looking at a popular zombie-themed video game. It is considered by the NPPA to be too scary and inappropriate for children.
Regulators have also called other topics such as “boy’s love” inappropriate, which have come under heavy public criticism.
China has cracked down on many industries, from technology to education and gambling to property, as the country tightens its control.
China has also asked game developers not to focus on making a profit and removing violent content.
Only 3 hours of playing time
Underage players in China are only allowed to play video games between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. This only applies on Fridays, weekends and holidays. This is the means used by the country to fight against gambling addiction among young people.
China is known to take some very dramatic measures that target children’s play time. The rules included a cyber curfew in 2019 that restricts gaming at night.
Cyber curfews required players to enter their real names and ID numbers when playing. Some parents have even gone so far as to send their children to military-style anti-game camps.
China associates time spent playing games with addiction, which means that the more games children play, the more addicted they become.
However, the World Health Organization or WHO defines gambling addiction differently. Addiction is not a matter of time, but of the intensity and attitude that a player brings to the game.
Addiction means that being obsessed with gambling other things in their life are already negatively affected.
Recognize gambling addiction
Gambling addiction is similar to gambling addiction in that it goes beyond a fun hobby. Some even stop showering and sleeping, they start losing friends and even find themselves thinking about playing games every day. Students suffer from poor grades in school.
According to the WHO, to be diagnosed with a gambling addiction, one must demonstrate all three symptoms for one year. First, the person loses control of the time they spend playing.
Second, they prioritize gambling so much that it takes precedence over their other interests and activities. Finally, they continue to play games despite the negative effects on their daily lives.
There is a difference between being a regular player and being addicted to it. As long as the three symptoms are not visible, spending time playing games is not harmful.
Only a small percentage of people are affected by gambling addiction. According to the American Psychiatric Association, approximately 0.03% to 1% of the world’s population is diagnosed with this disease.
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