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Posted on 07-11-13 12:20:50 PM Link | Quote
http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2013/07/10/china-moves-to-lift-13-year-ban-on-video-game-consoles/


China’s video game ban has perplexed many since its inception in 2000. Originally meant to shield the country’s youth from the corruptive evils of video games, the ban was effectively negated shortly thereafter when online gaming exploded, and China’s young people became gamers anyway against their government’s wishes.

Well, China is looking to finally get with the times, and is making moves to end the 13 year ban on the sale of video game consoles in the country. The idea is to make the Chinese economy more competitive internationally, and increase use of their currency worldwide. The South China Morning Post reports that the reversal of the ban could be imminent, and the move is supported by powerful figures like Premier Li Keqiang.


Will the greatly increased market and sales give new life to the industry!? We shall see.
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Posted on 07-11-13 07:53:57 PM Link | Quote
Wait, video games were illegal in China?

So, does that mean we'll start seeing less things like the Vii, or more?
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Posted on 07-11-13 08:20:00 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Peardian
Wait, video games were illegal in China?
Yep. On a slightly different but related topic, have you ever heard of iQue and questioned its existence? For example, why would there be a bunch of consoles that could only play a handful of games?

Originally posted by Peardian

So, does that mean we'll start seeing less things like the Vii, or more?
As long as humans exist, there will always be crap like that.
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Posted on 07-13-13 03:49:45 PM (last edited by divingkataetheweirdo at 07-13-13 03:53:21 PM) Link | Quote
Originally posted by Cuber456
Yep. On a slightly different but related topic, have you ever heard of iQue and questioned its existence? For example, why would there be a bunch of consoles that could only play a handful of games?



Yep, I've heard of it before. I also know they planned to release the Wii, but that didn't happen. If recall, in order to get around these, they had to market the console as an educational tool or something. As for why there are only a handful of games, I'd imagine they would have to limit the number of games in order to avoid raising suspicion. As is, releasing games was already dubious.

Oh yeah, and a question: Did iQue have to implement some sort of time lockout (that is the game automatically stops after an hour of play or so)?
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Posted on 07-13-13 06:26:01 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by divingkataetheweirdo
Yep, I've heard of it before. I also know they planned to release the Wii, but that didn't happen. If recall, in order to get around these, they had to market the console as an educational tool or something. As for why there are only a handful of games, I'd imagine they would have to limit the number of games in order to avoid raising suspicion. As is, releasing games was already dubious.
To be honest, if video games were illegal there to begin with, it surprises me that Nintendo was able to BS the Chinese government to allow iQue products to sell in the first place since the games listed on that Wikipedia page are far from being "educational". Although I don't actually know if labeling them as educational was why they were able to sell.

Originally posted by divingkataetheweirdo

Oh yeah, and a question: Did iQue have to implement some sort of time lockout (that is the game automatically stops after an hour of play or so)?
No idea and I can't seem to confirm it on a few Google searches. Perhaps I'm not searching with the right terms. That would suck major though. Not only can you play just a handful of games but the system would lock you out. At that point why bother having an iQue anything to begin with? I can imagine that there must have been a big black market for video games in China.
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Posted on 07-18-13 01:34:48 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by divingkataetheweirdo
Oh yeah, and a question: Did iQue have to implement some sort of time lockout (that is the game automatically stops after an hour of play or so)?


Nope. I have asked a Chinese friend of mine who's used an iQue 3DS and he says the only difference is that it's region locked.
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