China ‘considering review of video game ban’

Video game consoles are banned in China, but gaming is still popular. Picture: AP

Video game consoles are banned in China, but gaming is still popular. Picture: AP

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THE CHINESE government is reportedly considering a review of a 13-year video game ban.

• Reports that 13-year ban on video games in China may be lifted

• Rumours grow after unnamed source claims government review is underway

The China Daily newspaper reported that an unnamed source within the Chinese government said it was “reviewing the policy”.

Rumours of a change of heart have grown after Sony’s Playstation 3 console received a quality certification from a Chinese safety standards organisation late last year.

A device similar to Microsoft’s motion-sensing Kinect, the Eedoo CT510, device was also approved by Chinese authorities as an ‘exercise and entertainment machine’.

“We are reviewing the policy and have conducted some surveys and held discussions with other ministries on the possibility of opening up the game console market,” the mystery source told the China Daily.

“However, since the ban was issued by seven ministries more than a decade ago, we will need approval from all parties to lift it.”

A Chinese official at the Ministry of Culture denied the claim made by his unofficial counterpart within the department.

Despite a ban on the ownership of video game consoles that has been in place since 2000 - based on state fears for the effects of computer games on children’s physical and mental development - China has a booming computer games market, supported mainly by online gaming and mobile devices.

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