I like their way of thinking....seriously people playing 3days straights and dying in front of computer screens. I use to be addicted to game called Tibia. Its an mmo based game, 2d based but it sucks life out of youuu. Now I can't sit more than hour on computer and I will go out and socialize more. How? I told myself I'm not playing any mmos where you have levels and improving your character...it just sucks you in baddddly. Now I only play racing, fps games...I tried Fallout3 and it was okay but I don't feel like playing hours and I just jump into shooters and have fun with my friends online
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING? Its ok for the Govt to tell you how much computer time is ok and NOT ok... WOW and I thought people could not be more stupid then they were. I also like you skipped right over the fact that those people that died by and large never drank any water just energy drinks. Thats a huge No NO but its easer to blame the games and not the dumbass that wont walk away for a bit.
I suspect this is more about tracking users and seeing what they are up to. China is afraid people are going online to discuss and organize anti-government actions. The government has thousands of "secret" agents online to spy on gamers and see what they are up to, but they can't take action in the real world since these gamers don't use their real names and often play in internet cafes. So this move will allow the government to track dissidents and crush them.
See, this is what happens when you allow the government absolute power, they will use it for their own means. Government can never be trusted, that's what our Founding Fathers recognized and thus attempted to limit the power of government through the Constitution. However these limits are continuously being attacked and are slowly being eroded away in the form of regulations and laws designed to save you from yourself. Americans should take this story to heart.
Regulations never solve problems, anyone that truly gets addicted to an MMO would just as easily get addicted to something else. I used to play FFXI all the time, I began so see how it took me away from my small children and so I quit. That is what normal(meaning 99% of people) do. Self-regulation is always better than government involvement. Government regulation always fails and it's always expensive. USDA,SEC,Dept of Education, etc would all be better ran through the private sector.
Any government that is capable of giving you everything you need is also powerful enough to take away everything you have.
China.... what a great place, huh? Meanwhile here in the U.S., people are gladly inviting bigger and more overreaching government to solve all of the problems in their lives. What a bright future we paint. =(
You have to understand that there is a line between liking a game and being addicted. To some people, gaming is an addiction they can't control. To some people it's alcohol, to others it's gambling. China has a problem with gaming addiction and they're trying to control it. Yes, it may seem outrageously controling to some, but the problem is not as widespread here as it is in China. The gamers out there who are not technicaly addicted probably won,t make a big deal out of this.
Except you don't have to register your name and serial number with a central athority when you buy a cigarette. Which then decides how many cigarettes you can have. Next in line... butter, cuz it causes heart disease. Better hope your SS like you.
Zak, does China actually have a problem with gaming addiction? If I'm 'addicted' to Taco Bell, are you gonna regulate it? What if I spank to much? I think you're too emotional, time to regulate. I thought Equilibrium was just a cheezy movie.
It's not about you bing addicted to Taco Bell, it's about a unusually large amount of the population being addicted to Taco Bell. Some people WILL continue to be addicted in their lives, to drugs, alcohol, gambling, gaming, etc. It's sad, but it's normal. What is not normal is having a localized problem of addiction, like the Amerindians of northern Quebec have with alcohol. China, like South Korea, have a localized problem of gaming addiction. At least, that's what some studies pretend.
I'm going by proportion of course. I can,t find the article I was looking for about China but, according to this one, South Korea estimates that 2.4% of the population between 9 and 39 are addicts while 10.2% more would be "borderline cases". That's about 1.1 million and it's quite a lot for such a small country. I'll try to find China's numbers.
There is no problem with a large amount of the population addicted to Taco Bell. None. Taco Bell is awsome. So is soda. I certainly would not accept registering with the FBI to let them know I've purchased a 6 pack of soda. I like how suddenly playing WOW is in the same category as cocaine. I thinik there are an unusually large number of people who listen to rap. Maybe we should limit the number of rap CD's people can buy per month.
If people want to drink alcohol, no problem. Even if I do it a lot. Now, crashing your car into someone... tha'ts a problem. Regulate that.
I think there are an unusually large number of people watching TV. Want to catch up on Battlestar Galactica, better log your hours to the feds. Browsing the internet too much? We're watching. You reading more of those westernized books? Too much radical cowboy stories for you!
The government should not be acting as parents or legal guardians for adults. It is one thing to determine how long your own child can play game(s), however, when you reach adulthood it is your own responsibility to control your habit, not the government's.
In the US, adults are free to police themselves when it comes to games, any regulation against it, would be against the very essence of the bill of rights and what the country is supposed to stand for. The government already reaches too far into our personal lives in my opinion, this would go even further.
However, China is not the US. If this is what they wish to do to their citizens, then that's their perogative. I'd probably leave the country as soon as possible, if I lived there that is, but to each their own. If the people do not like it, then they should stand up for what they believe is right.
This is the real reason behind PRC's crack down on mumorpuger.
The single most important element of liberty is the belief that individuals can and should take full responsibility and consequence of their own decision. If some people are such losers of mumorpuger addiction, let them be. The belief and precondition that people need higher power to rule over them in order to prevent them from harming themselves, leads to despotic monarchy, totalitarian fascism and absolutist communism. Funny, those scourge of human kinds all start their argument with "for people's good." Yeah, right. What part of "DON'T TREAD ON ME" don't they understand?
Great points Eccentric. Unfortunately it's kinda hard for people in communist nations to "stand up for what they believe is right" when they aren't allowed to own guns and any opposition is met with tanks in your face. Not to mention its kinda hard to communicate with other "revolutionaries" without being caught when the state controls all media and communication. Hopefully they find a way, but it sure will be difficult.
[citation][nom]Eccentric909[/nom]If this is what they wish to do to their citizens, then that's their perogative. I'd probably leave the country as soon as possible, if I lived there that is, but to each their own. If the people do not like it, then they should stand up for what they believe is right.[/citation]
You do know that you can't leave China? Once you're a Chinese citizen, you're there permanently. Some Chinese do get the opportunity to leave temporarily, but very few of them do, and they have to come back.
And they have stood for what the believed, and the government decided to blow away a bunch of peaceful protesters with Tanks.
China is an awful country, but it's not communist, nor is it socialist. It's just a Totalitarian state that abuses its citizens.