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Editorial: "Too Young to Gank?"

Posted Aug 19, 2005 by Dana Massey

Editorial: "Too Young to Gank?"

Are you too young to gank? If you're under 18, the government of China thinks so. Staff Writer Tim Dale clocks in with his second editorial for our site and looks at the recent move, which has stirred up quite a few opinions.

PvP; love it or hate it, if you’ve played a massively multiplayer online game, you’ll have seen it, probably have taken part in it, and most likely have strong feelings about it. Little else in online gaming can generate such passionate opinions, and deeply polarised points of view, as one player going at another with an axe, or laser, with murder in mind. Right or wrong? Just a bit of fun, or malicious griefing?

Well it seems that for over 20 million Chinese online gamers, these questions are to be answered for them, by the government. Amid a raft of measures to designed to improve and regulate the Chinese internet gaming industry, it was announced that any network game which depends on ‘PK’ (PvP) to advance rank would be made illegal for players under the age of 18 to play, effective from the date of the proclamation, 12th July 2005.

You can read his full article here.


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