Why Are Consoles Banned In China?

Kotaku: Video game consoles are illegal in China. Ironically, the Wii, the PS3 and the Xbox 360 are Chinese made. And there is a flourishing PC gaming culture. There has to be a reason for this ban. Turns out, there is.

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Yi-Long3074d ago

... but I'm pretty sure they're still widely available.

HammockGames3074d ago (Edited 3074d ago )

But it's a horrible rule if you work in the gaming industry.

Manufacturing plants would be like purgatory for me. Working around video games/equipment all day but can never plug in? WFT man?!

Hideo_Kojima3073d ago

you can't plug it in because the government in China is a PC fanboy.

Non_sequitur3074d ago

My Chinese friend got married in Western China, and she came back with many pirated Wii games that cost her 50 cents(USD) to buy. She talked to me of the Wii piracy going on, so I assume many get them through Hong Kong or other means.

mushroomwig3074d ago

Well what ISN'T banned in China?

Non_sequitur3074d ago

Communism is weak in China, but totalitarianism is as strong as usual.

BYE3074d ago

World of Warcraft. Ironically, that's even more harmful to the youth than consoles.

Aikuchi3074d ago

People who catch a sudden attack of "outspokenness" and suffer a "bullet-related death.

Snakefist303074d ago (Edited 3074d ago )

In CHINA They sell modded xbox 360's.My Cousin just bought one on his holidays.He saw all 360's are modded not a single genuine 360 is there and there pirated 360 games cost only $6.

Bereaver3074d ago

That's 6 yuan, not $6. And actually if you look around here, you can find them for 4 yuan. Yep, just a little over 50 cent.

Hideo_Kojima3073d ago

WOW if only you could play online I would move to China :P

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Darkstorn3074d ago

So essentially this is industry protectionism on the part of China. Well, just about every country does it in some way, shape or form.

003074d ago

they can make more money on bootleg consoles.

dizzleK3074d ago

exactly. the popstation and chintendo vii say hello.

Volomon3074d ago

They can't make money on something that isn't regulated/taxed.

Baka-akaB3074d ago

but they can from under the tables , given the amount of corruption

Volomon3074d ago (Edited 3074d ago )

Because workers who work 28 hours a day who spend 1-2 hours playing games can only do 26 hours of work. So if you remove the games they can still do 28 hours of work and are not distracted. You can't get rid of PCs because you need them for again WORK.

Also if they want to play PC games they have to go to a cafe where they can be regulated and monitored KGB style.

Also YES the above is the real answer.

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