China has outlawed gay relationships In video games
China has outlawed depictions of gay relationships in video games, as part of a broader push to tighten game content regulations.
The new restrictions follow a leaked letter from China's state-backed gaming organization, which detailed which titles will be authorized for distribution in the future and was quoted by many sources.
The government has promised to prohibit the promotion of "effeminate males" and gay partnerships, as well as video games that appear to attempt to alter the history of imperial Japan and Nazis, as well as movies depicting the downfall of "barbarians."
It comes after reports that gaming is no longer considered "entertainment" in Beijing, according to a leaked letter. Instead, gaming is viewed as a kind of art that is accountable for preserving and displaying "proper ideals" and a "exact grasp" of Chinese culture and history.
In August, children were only allowed to play internet games for three hours each week. According to The New York Times, China enacted the rule to help addicts.
As a result of the new ban, video game characters must now have a "clear gender." According to the South China Morning Post, game designers must not â€˜blur' any â€˜moral borders.' According to the site, if a character's gender was not revealed to authorities "immediately," it would be regarded "problematic" and "red lights" would be raised.
Furthermore, if games are regarded as pushing players to eliminate "barbarians," they may be seen as propagating "colonialism." If Japanese warlords are portrayed, games may be seen as promoting "militarism" and "jingoism." â€˜Games cannot alter facts or purposefully cause controversy, and historical characters with established histories must not be refashioned,' according to the letter.
According to the document, the option of playing as a good or bad character must be changed.
Since July, no games created in the United States have been authorized. Chinese censors made the announcement. No imported games have been authorized since June.
The censors conducted a conference on September 8
to inform all of China's major game developers about the new
restrictions. The censors included pornography, violence, and a "wrong
value orientation," telling the developers to "firmly shun any bad
culture such as money worshipping, effeminate men, and boys' love."
to Times Radio, the Guangzhou video gaming industry organization said
that 30,000 accounts had been deleted in their most recent monthly