The 10 Biggest Scams In The Chinese Gaming Market

The Chinese gaming market is a very complicated and confusing one. Not only is it chock full of problems, but it is also one that is full of a lot of rumours and scams. Chinese internet portal NetEase has put together a list of 10 of China's biggest gaming lies.

The following are translated excerpts from NetEase.

10. The Domestic Made Game Console

This one isn't exactly a rumour as we've seen domestically produced game systems before. China's unable to create its own domestically manufactured game systems in part because of regulations and because China doesn't have the technological know how.

9. Video Games Make Children Smarter

This lie was built upon greed using the guise of edutainment to scam hopeful parents. Maybe these things are feasible in a foreign country, but with the backwardness of the Chinese imperial examination system for selecting and education system, there is no use.

Learning machine? They all end up looking like some kind of deformed NES's.

8. The Perpetual Continuation of Zhao Li

Paladin's Story was a must have game to play in China in the 90's. The game was heavily counterfeited with people copying the game via floppy disks. In the game, the character Zhao Li would *spoilers* die. Supposedly to prevent her from dying, the player has to talk to every non playable character in the game multiple times. This only turned out to be a ruse and the ending was still the same.

7. Diablo Monster Screams in Mandarin

It's unknown where this backwards rumour came from but there was outrage of Diablo 2 in China in the 1990's. In certain areas in the game there are monsters which speak in Mandarin. Supposedly these monsters roared in Mandarin and many local scholars and newspapers called for the banning of the game. Chances are this rumour only came about from stupidly bigoted youth.

6. Invincible forces in Namco's Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Supposedly like Konami's famous Contra code, there is a code in the game that allows the player selected character to become invincible. The code, pretty much exploitation of a bug, only happens when certain factors are met, factors which are next to impossible to achieve. This rumour may just be pure rumour.

5. China's First Domestically Made Game Is the Secret Red Flower Society

In the early days of game development in China, one game was thought to be awesome. The awesome game however did not exist.

4. Chinese Gaming Magazines

Chinese gaming magazine Electronic Gaming Software was a huge publication in China, and it still has many fans now. Back in the day they would publish stories that were critical of the government and domestic companies. They also pointed out problems such as plagiarism and counterfeiting. In 1995 the magazine was ordered to stop publication. It is back now but only a shallow shell of its original self.

3. Publishing Badly Translated Games

In early 2000, computer games were taking off in China. Games such as The Elder Scrolls and Grandia 2 were very popular. Unfortunately for Chinese players and fans, the games were poorly translated. So much so that they nearly made the game unplayable.

2. Hilton Hotel Branded Cigarettes Can Be Traded For Game Consoles

This must've been a rumour created by children. Supposedly if one collected 200 packs of Hilton branded death sticks, they could then trade them for a video game console. Nothing ever came of this rumour, save for loads of children convincing their parents to smoke more.

1. Underwater Levels in Contra

This is a rumour that has long perplexed me. Supposedly there are underwater levels in Contra. However this proved to be false as the "underwater levels" were found through exploiting a texture bug. To this day, I still have friends tell me that the levels are real.

国内游戏史上十大惊天骗局 游戏机提高学习成绩 [NetEase]

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    What do you mean china doesn't have the technological know-how..? All of the DS R4 hacks came out of China. Clearly they have a lot of technological know-how, it's just their economy doesn't support production of a video game console.

    Several of the points take the form of general statements, without qualification or detail.

    Some of this is interesting , but the writing needs to be greatly improved, and seems to lack experience and overall quality (and an editor).

    There's also very few references/links to support several statements, e.g.

    "They also pointed out problems such as plagiarism and counterfeiting. In 1995 the magazine was ordered to stop publication. "

    A specific example would make this interesting.

    "... backwardness of the Chinese imperial examination system for selecting and education system..."

    A descriptive sentence instead of an opinionated 'statement' would make this an interesting issue to read about.


    I read Kotaku for averagely written stories, but this needs a lot of work. The writer may indeed know a lot about Asian gaming culture/history, but the writing makes me not care much.

      The one thing I find a shame is that we'll now miss out of real posts made by a true asian Journalist. Anoop from andriasang. Now we just have 3rd rate journalism and reposted crap from reddit. At least we do get a couple of decent articles from the Aussies when they get time...

    This article is trash and should be deleted.

    I see no said "scams" here. Not even perfectly legal ones where someone just broke a promise to sell something like what happens all the time.

    The author does not seem to know the difference between a scam and a rumour.

    This list doesn't make any sense to me.

    I feel dumber after reading this. :(

    This article is such a poorly-written, embarrassing, uninformative, confusing, and biased piece of garbage. I have no idea why this was posted, aside from possibly trying to pour fuel on the fire that is the current China/Japan situation. Pathetic.

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