As any avid gamer would know China has a history of banning games. While other countries that forbid games do it only for reasons such as violence and mature content, China has a different scale of rating things as well as the normal one. Following a ban of video-game consoles in 2000 the Chinese finally got a lift of that ban in 2013.However a lot of the games still remain forbidden most notably Command & Conquer Generals for “smearing the image of China and the Chinese army”,Football Manager 2005 for ”recognizing Tibet as an independent country” and now even Battlefield 4.
For those of you who don’t know Battlefield 4 bases it’s campaign around the story of a rouge admiral that plans to overthrow the Chinese government and conquer the World. While this may seem like an innocent plot for another Modern FPS, China hasn’t taken it lightly and plans to reinforce their laws on censorship. China is writing new laws on how they will treat games and it doesn’t look good for gamers. The head of China’s Ministry of Culture, Cai Wu, said that the regulations are being written as fast as possible.
“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 still a lot better than the original ban of all video-games in China but what happens remains to be seen. Sony and Nintendo are analyzing the ways they can make money from the new open market,we can only hope that those possibilities will be great.