China: Games Must Be "In Conformity" With The Government
China just recently lifted its 14-year ban on foreign-made video game consoles, but regulations may come down the pike.
The country is already talking about regulating certain games and game content before it goes on sale, as reported by Bloomberg. Cai Wu, head of China's Ministry of Culture, said the rules are being written as quickly as possible, but perhaps unsurprisingly, there's no specific timeline for completion.
We do know that the country won't be allowing any content that is not "in conformity with the outlook of China's government."
"We want to open the window a crack to get some fresh air, but we still need a screen to block the flies and mosquitoes."
Already on the chopping block is EA's Battlefield 4, which released a China Rising DLC pack that didn't go over well. It was called a threat to national security last month. Who knows what else China might end up blocking as time goes on, but at least consumers in that region will finally get a chance to catch up. Remember, it hasn't been legal to purchase a game console in that country since 2000. That was the year the PS2 launched.
Of course, that doesn't mean there weren't illegal ways of getting their hands on systems and games. Hell, might have to do it again.
1/13/2014 9:41:45 PM Ben Dutka