This story originally appeared on the China Daily Website.
I used to think that Taiwan was less archaic and draconian than the Chinese mainland. Turns out I was wrong.
Back when the Xbox One was announced for China, one thought came to mind: would it be region locked? When the console was released earlier this year, it was region locked and completely neutered. Now, it turns out, the region locking put into effect by Microsoft might have been self-imposed.
Chinese Central Television is interesting. It's worth watching just to guess at what the Chinese government wants to disseminate, but one thing about CCTV that is true is that it's often error prone. In a recent broadcast about violent video games, CCTV claims that GTA was made in 1968. 1968.
Apple's latest iPhones, the 6 and 6 Plus have yet to get released in China. That said, many Chinese already have purchased the phones from foreign markets—purchases where China makes no money off the sales tax. Now, Chinese customs is looking to crack down and cash in.
Doraemon, the blue earless robotic cat from the future, super popular in most of Asia, is under attack. Sort of. A Chinese newspaper is positing that the cartoon character is nothing more than a tool for Japan to subvert Chinese culture.
Media reports are coming in that Chinese media companies BesTV and Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group are merging. The two companies are respective joint venture partners of Microsoft and Sony for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in China.
Chinese actor and singer Jaycee Chan was arrested for marijuana consumption and possession in Beijing Monday. The son of Jackie Chan, he could face up to three years in prison or, at worst, even execution if convicted.
As many of you might already know, I'm not the biggest fan of Jackie Chan. His works, definitely; himself as a man, not so much. Now it appears that Jackie Chan might have his work cut out for himself. His son, Jaycee has been arrested in Beijing for weed procession.
Since time immemorial, Chinese internet cafes have been the hub, the nexus of all gaming in China. That's soon to change now with access to mobile devices, home computer setups and the advent of video game consoles in the Chinese living room.
In an almost "weird that it didn't happen sooner" kind of way, Chinese state media reports that two Chinese ministries will join together to help develop and support burgeoning animators and game developers.
A recent study by the Chinese Ministry of Education has found that the majority of China's college student population is physically frail. But what is the reason behind the fact that students are physically inadequate? Well, you've probably guessed it, the blame is on video games.
Chinese net cafes are a double-edged sword. In a way, they're a great place to play games, consume copious amounts of ramen and junk food, but at the same time they're total s**t-holes. The Chinese government is sick of them and now it wants to change what internet cafes are all about.
Publishing games in China has always been an interesting dark art, but now the Chinese government wants to regulate it in the hopes that it might make things simpler.
It's that time of year again. The time when the Chinese Communist Party holds its annual meeting of the nation's big wigs. However unlike previous years, the communist party has put out a warning to the attendees: pay attention or you may lose your job.
Video games in China have long had a bad rep, so it's no wonder that the newest revision to commercial advertising regulations in China features video games. The only problem with these new regulations: they're targeting something that, at this time, doesn't really exist.
The People's Daily, the de facto mouthpiece of the Chinese communist party, has recently put a flash game on their site. This particular flash game, despite its cartoony nature, depicts a particularly sensitive subject matter in the People's Republic—fighting government corruption.
China is a place of extremes. On the streets of Beijing, one can see cars that only ever appear in the New York Auto Show and extremely posh women holding the latest designer bags from Paris. But beneath that splendour is a hidden part of China: a class of residents living below the poverty line.
China's Communist Party newspaper People's Daily reports that the two Chinese ministries responsible for monitoring and approving online games will revise their criteria in terms of approving what games get released in China.
The verdict on internet addiction as an real disorder in the West has yet to come. But in China, internet addiction is treated like a real thing. That's why China's Ministry of Culture is looking for a way to combat it.