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Kids in China now can only play 3 hours a week

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A new rule being introduced by the The National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), China’s online watchdog, is looking to curb what the government feels is a growing “gaming addiction among young people.”

The rule drastically cuts back on the time those under the age of 18 are allowed to play online video games over the weekend, with a one-hour limit to be imposed from Fri-Sun, and which also includes public holidays. That would mean that most of the year, kids would be allowed a maximum of three hours of online gaming per week.

As the South China Morning Post reports, the rule was first published in state media outlet Xinhua, where a government spokesperson said, “Many parents have said that the gaming addiction problem among teens and children has gravely affected their ability to learn and study as well as their physical and mental health, even causing a series of societal problems.”

Enforcement of this rule is going to be left to China’s gaming companies, like Tencent and NetEase, who are being asked to “strictly implement” registration and login systems that require the use of a player’s real name. Tencent, for its part, has already said that “it supports the new regulation and will implement the new requirements as soon as possible.”
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Actually feel really bad for these kids but they don't honestly think this will work, even if they manage a block on online gaming there is literally tens of thousands of offline games they can play instead.
Yeah, don't know how tough they'll be executing this. Could be one of those "are you 18 or above? Yes or no" kinda deal.
Well the quote said they're leaving it down to the online companies themselves when it comes to enforcing rules, surely though despite whatever political answer they give EVERY company wants to make money. Personally I think they'll do as asked but make it simple for people to login, unless the goverment themselves enforce this rule I can't see it really working as they intend.
I'll let you know how it works once it's enforced. I'm curious myself too.
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@liang I just wanna say... is that picture... you? looks pretty uncanny
No, you racist :r1:

what about mobile games?
I mean, is gaming really the problem? or that people there don't have good social skills?

Gaming just allows a lot of people to connect and be more social.
No idea how this is gonna play out.
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