China Further Restricts Gaming

China’s new gaming regulations have escalated this week. They have been limiting children’s playtime over the past months. The restrictions are part of China’s stance that gaming negatively impacting the countries culture. According to South China Morning Post via Eurogamer, games are not “pure entertainment’ and the must represent ‘a correct set of values.”

Video games must get approval to release in the country. The new restrictions state that “queer romance” and “effeminate men” are unlikely to be approved. Games will also be rejected for giving players the option to be good or evil, like Fallout or Knights of the Old Republic. There will be increased scrutiny for games that evolve religion or history like Civilization 6 or Assassin’s Creed. The last restriction is a ban on streamers under the age of 16. That follows the three hours a week limits implemented weeks ago.

What do you think of China’s new regulations? We will discuss this further on the next Geek Freaks News!

Sources: Eurogamer, South China Morning Post

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