China lays down rules for console ban lift, blocks anything “hostile to China”

Monday, 13th January 2014 09:45 GMT By Dave Cook

China’s Ministry of Culture is in the process of establishing a rule-set ahead of the nation’s console ban lift. Some areas of concern have been raised by the state, and seek to block anything deemed hostile towards China or its government.

Bloomberg attended a press conference held in Beijing last week, where it was made clear that China’s console guidelines are being drafted now and will be published as soon as possible.

During the event, head of the ministry Cai Wu said, “Things that are hostile to China, or not in conformity with the outlook of China’s government, won’t be allowed. 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.”

This is largely in reference to the rules of Shanghai’s free-trade zone, which is where companies like Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo could set-up console manufacturing sites for the Chinese market, if they so wish.

China’s console ban was put in place to prevent any negative cultural impact of the gaming medium in 2000.

We’ll have more on the state of play in China in a special report soon.




  1. Ekona

    No BF4, then? ;)

    #1 12 months ago
  2. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    That’s Microsoft screwed then with their Merica Box.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. salarta

    “Oh noes, criticism! We can’t have that, our government and country are just so perfect that we’re like a magical fairy land of unicorns and rainbows. Communism forbid that we actually have other perspectives around to point out problems so we can solve them.”

    #3 12 months ago
  4. bradk825

    I am thinking this is bad news really.

    China has a huge population and publishers will want to be able to market there. It could mean stifling writers, forcing them to avoid anything that is “not in confirmity with the government’s outlook.”

    #4 12 months ago
  5. salarta

    @4: Agreed. It would be easy for someone to think that’s unfounded fear if they didn’t know about how Hollywood is treating all this for films. Iron Man 3 had additional scenes for Chinese release meant to make China look good, and the Red Dawn remake was originally going to use China as a replacement for Russia but ended up changing it to North Korea due to the risk of not being able to release the film in China.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we found out that China opened up their market to video games because of Battlefield 4.

    #5 12 months ago
  6. bradk825

    @5 Yeah, I was kind of thinking Hollywood a little, but also gaming trends. Right now there is a lot of “play it safe” material out there. A general lack of risk-taking to ensure a certain number of sales, and I think this will add fuel to that. Hollywood and gaming are both doing it.

    #6 12 months ago
  7. salarta

    @6: Gaming’s doing it because Hollywood’s doing it. Video game companies are following Hollywood trends for everything because they’re too stupid to realize that not only does that ultimately do major damage to their franchises by tearing away what they were just to fit current trends, the Hollywood model is also not feasible. It’s going to crash. Hollywood is obsessed with big blockbuster films, and their reliance on those has led to them generally making only superhero films, sequels, and remakes because those are the only ones they know will make a return on the insane amount of money they spend.

    Gaming really needs to stop being shackled to Hollywood ideals. It’d result in much better games, and more of them.

    #7 12 months ago

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