China: New rules allow young Chinese to play games online only 3 hours a week News

October 2, 2021
MediaIntel.Asia

A few minutes before 8 pm on a recent Sunday night in Beijing, Hwang Chung opened and tried to play a Harry Potter video game on his smartphone. She couldn’t-by government decree. A pop-up appeared on her screen. [Minors can only play online games on Fridays from 8pm to 9pm](//news.sky.com/story/china-bans-under-18s-from-playing-online-games-for-more-than-an-hour-a-day-12395135) , Weekends, national festivals and holidays. Please adjust the play time and take a break. “ New rules [China](//news.sky.com/topic/china-5869) This means that users under the age of 18 can only play 3 hours of online games per week at the specified time. Even communist nations that regulate the lives of their citizens live far more than the West, but it is an extension of new rule. And that control is now being applied to different parts of society and culture in new crackdowns. Fifteen-year-old Hwang Chung doesn’t care much about video game policy, but said, “It’s like banning smoking, drinking and mahjong for adults.” “My friends send me a message complaining about the ban. They could only play for an hour on Fridays and weekends and couldn’t interact with their e-game friends,” she said. Told to. The rules were introduced to curb video game addiction. Huang Chong said the video game was fine. But her father, Hwang Wen Shan, disagreed-and thanked the state for intervention. “I tried to convince her to give up the phone, but she feels happy when she already loses the phone,” he told Sky News. “She is unaware that she has been playing for so long that it can affect her eyesight, health and study. “As parents, we need help from outside, from teachers, from government policy.” Video games are just part of a new campaign for the Chinese Communist Party to reaffirm its values for society. Hedonism, which has been recognized in the last two decades (which can be said to be letting people do what they want to do), has been replaced by an emphasis on appropriate socialist values. Movie stars were criticized by the government for promoting what they called “fake, ugly, and evil values,” and actors were mysteriously scraped off the Chinese internet without explanation. The government has also introduced measures to curb the “chaotic” online fan culture. Karaoke songs that claim to “endanger the unity of the people” or “obscenity” have been blacklisted. Currently, schools ban foreign textbooks, and young students should read about “Xi Jinping Thought.” This is an ambiguous official ideology of Chinese leaders enshrined in the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China. And national television regulators have told the Chinese media to “resolutely resist flaunting wealth and enjoyment” and to consider the actor’s political and moral issues when choosing an actor. It also banned what is called a feminine man from appearing on the screen. The official announcement uses the offensive term “niangpao”, which is loosely translated as “weak boy”. A group of activists, Lu Ruihai, provide information and support to parents who have children. “Many people use the offensive and derogatory term” sissy boy “to label people who are not heterosexual or have no typical, traditional sexual relationship. “He told Sky News. “The entire LGBTQ community is numb. I think this policy is having a negative impact on young LGBTQ people who haven’t come out yet.” Both critics and supporters of the new rule have interpreted them as widespread, not just ad hoc policy adjustments. In a widely reissued article in the official state media, prominent blogger Li Guangman said it was a “significant” political change. “This is also a return to the original intentions of the Chinese Communist Party … a return to the essence of socialism,” he wrote. Public opinion “is no longer a place to worship Western culture,” he wrote. “Therefore, we need to control all cultural turmoil and build a vibrant, healthy, masculine, strong and people-oriented culture.” Upon returning home, Hwang Chung spent an hour of government-approved playtime. But there is a way around the new rule. “Many students use their adult phones to log in to the game,” she told Sky News. “We’re smart. We get over firewalls. It’s illegal to get over firewalls, so there are risks. Few people succeed.” Teens, and many other ordinary Chinese citizens, may now be in such a small skirmish with the state. China: New rules allow young Chinese to play games online only 3 hours a week | World News Source link China: New rules allow young Chinese to play games online only 3 hours a week | World News

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