Chinese TV Goes All Fox News Over Online PC Games

China Central Television last week broadcast a show called "Confession of a Murderer: Focus on Pornography and Violence in Online Games". You know where this is going.

CCTV is China's state news channel, and the program (the second part in a series), which visited a juvenile prison to speak with those apparently influenced by the titles in question, blames online video games for contributing to everything from teen pregnancy to drug addiction to murder.

The timing of the program is no coincidence, as Chinese bodies have spent much of 2009 cracking down on online games, banning some titles while suspending others. Even the mighty World of Warcraft has been in the government's sights, shutting down for three months earlier in the year and more recently being the subject of a to-and-fro between two competing government agencies.

China Blames Online Games for Drugs, Murder, Teen Pregnancy [Yahoo]


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      Win Comment Ben. Wow this scares me that people could be that dumb to believe that!

        My missus is from China (Shanghai) so I have witnessed just how much control over the media the government has. Thankfully because of the fast spread of the internet (even though closely monitored and heavily filtered) the younger generation are starting to get more truthful information. Sometimes I wonder if the real reason for the Chinese governments dislike of online gaming is down to a form of cross country communication that they can not monitor or control?

        Thankfully my missus and her family are not blind, and even she admits when the news always tells you that the economy is doing great, china is doing great... and yet there are homeless and poor people everywhere you look... something just doesn't seem right.

        But... she to believes that gaming is a bad influence after been exposed to plenty of these 'facts' from TV and other state media... but slowly I am breaking that down inside her... after all, she bought me Uncharted 2 for Christmas!! YAY! =)

    Look for applause from a certain Attorney-General at this move. He'll be thrilled.

      Yeah, it really annoys me how the media definitely hype stuff like this up, make it overblown to the point where it barely, if at all relates to the story at hand. Someone commented a few days ago that when something bad goes wrong, especially if it's of violent nature, and a video game is in the vicinity, therefore "video game - violent tendencies" is completely true. The sad thing is we see no major media take the other side, pointing what benefits that video games have to society, like team and social building skills, and in the case of a clan or guild, how to manage a lot of, frankly, hyped up and aggressive people (at times) and other things.

      Just disappointing. For shame, China.

        As I recall during the infamous VTEC shootings, in the initial hours of the report of a shooting happening, gaming was already in the limelight; even before the shooter's identity was revealed or any of his traits, ie age, etc. Gaming is quite easily the go to scapegoat. Who will defend gaming? Gamers. Who else cares if we get shat all over? No one. Well...almost no one, there are some good eggs out there

    How fitting is it that the TV station abbreviates as CCTV.

      Ha, absolutely - the Party is definitely controlling all transmissions. What they really need is a Chinese Stephen Colbert figure to highlight the government's media manipulation with satire, but I can't see the Party letting that happen.

        There are probably a few of them. They've just mysteriously disappeared/been shipped off to 're-education' camps...

          oh no they all died of natural causes the autopsy at the state hospital said so

      Clever observation. Pretty ironic eh?

      I was thinking the same thing, pretty funny. It's main competitor is probably the China's Other Network of Television, Radio and Oil Lamps, or CONTROL.

      This is what Atkinson wants for Australia: a nanny state. A major philosophical question arises in times like this: safety or freedom? When you approach one, you stray from the other. Should people be able to make their own mistakes? I think yes to some, no to others. China, however, believes in 'safety' .

    I am Chinese (kind of) and have access to satellite TV... how could I have missed this?

      Maybe because they put you in jail correct?

        Thank the Lord I don't live there.
        *sigh of relief*

    "Up to 80 percent of the violent criminals in the prison turned to crime because of online games, the report said."

    "'He himself killed five people, and the reason he took the path to crime was addiction to violent online games,' it said."

    Its scary to think a government trying a Today Tonight on that many people.

      are those actual quotes if so where are they getting those numbers from ... ill tell you where thier asses you cannot trust state controlled media and lets be honest you cant really trust privately owned commercial media (fox news anyone) the only media that can be relied on is social media IE the internet which is why its so important that chairman rudds censorship bullshit fail's to pass the senate

    the government is cracking down on it as it views conversations it cannot regulate as being politically subversive and a threat to their legitimacy as a government as they were not elected and have never been. I dare say that MMO gaming is a good way for dissidents of the reigeme to network effectively when the government actively employs 30K people PA to watch what people write on the internet so they can throw 11 yo's in prison for sedition.

    the government is cracking down on it as it views conversations it cannot regulate as being politically subversive and a threat to their legitimacy as a government as they were not elected and have never been. I dare say that MMO gaming is a good way for dissidents of the reigeme to network effectively when the government actively employs 30K people PA to watch what people write on the internet so they can throw 11 yo's in prison for sedition.

    Online gaming and pornography are merely scapegoats for anti-government ideas and comments trying to sneak in and out of the Sino netsphere through the cracks of the Chinese GFW (Great Firewall). The government use this fear-mongering tactic to gain support from social conservatives and worrying parents and as an excuse to block anything they see unfit out of the reach of millions of netizens most of whom are young and easily influenced by ideas like demanding more political freedom and human rights. The situation is different than here in Australia, or most of the democratic countries for that matter, though it can't be denied that other factors like controlling this money-making business (monopoly) for its own financial benefits and its genuine concern of the harm that could be brought to children by video games or EROTICAs. I am 100% Chinese.

    Yep, this is an attempt by the Chinese government to further censor communications that they can't otherwise control. Parents will stop kids from playing games, game development and importation will slow down etc.

    This is very dangerous in the long term. Propaganda like this, even if it is about a relatively trivial topic like video games, will come back to China in the end.

    Online gaming contributes to teen pregnancy? That's news to me!

    I bet Conroy, Atkinson and KRudd are all working on getting an Australian version filmed. No doubt they'll find proof that gaming does cause pregnancy, herpes and an unnatural distrust of ultra-conservative Christian groups and the politicans they own.

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