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China bans websites from featuring online mafia-styled games

Tuesday, 28th July 2009 22:34 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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China’s Ministry of Culture has banned websites that feature online mafia-styled games, due to its threat to Chinese culture and it being a “bad influence on the nation’s youth.”

The Ministry said that these social games “encourage people to deceive, loot and kill, and glorify gangster life. They are a bad influence on youngsters.”

Godfather, Jianghu (“Gangster Community”), and Guhuozai (“young and dangerous guys”) are games that hae so far been taken offline.

The government plans to dole out “severe punishment” if sites run, publish, or link to online games with a mafia theme.

No word on what the consequences will entail.

More over on Gamasutra.

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  1. Neolucifer

    Doesnt this basically no ABP in china , crimecraft or future online GTA ?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. DaMan

    Chinese government really is being ridiculous. banning stuff on TV is one thing but internetz?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Neolucifer

    well something as free as the internet is indeed the worst fear of “dictatorship”

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Bulk Slash

    UK:R’s “no gangs in games” jihad is clearly making good progress.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Gundam

    The Commies are striking back against western style democracy. Still a long way to go for China to accept artistic freedom. At least they have un-banned alot of their own films of late. For now, keep the hammer and sickle handy, the government are watching.

    #5 5 years ago