Chinese Government Is Going After “Gayness” in Chinese Games

The People’s Republic of China is trying to remove ‘effeminate men’ and other ‘immoral’ content from video games. The Chinese government has issued a number of new regulations to crack down on gaming in the country.
The government isn’t cracking down only on this theme.
In recent months, the Chinese government has set its sights on the gaming industry. According to the report, it wants to combat gaming addiction among young people and profiteering within the gaming industry – both of which are hard to dispute. It forced a time limit on young people’s gaming last month. Under 18s can only play on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and official holidays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition to controlling the type of content allowed in games, the latest announcement limits promotional activities aimed at minors.
Furthermore, everyone will be required to use their real names when playing. Gaming platforms that offer services to unregistered players will face harsh penalties.
What is the problem here? Many Animal Crossing: New Horizons players staged digital protests in support of Hong Kong in April last year. With the ability to create artworks on the game, users could decorate their islands with pro-democracy symbols. China has a difficult time censoring this type of content. When you have to register your real name while gaming, protests become much more dangerous.
Games aren’t just narrative platforms – they are communication and collaboration tools. Due to China’s focus on policing this area, young people have been deprived of another avenue for free expression and resistance.
Why is this a problem? Animal Crossing: New Horizons users staged digital protests in support of Hong Kong in April last year. By creating artwork on the game, users could decorate their islands with pro-democracy symbols. The Chinese government finds it difficult to censor this type of content. Activities like protesting become more dangerous if you have to register your real name while gaming.
Besides being narrative platforms, games are also ways to communicate and collaborate. As China polices this arena, young people have lost another avenue for free expression and resistance.
The action is in addition to the crackdown on effeminate men, which limits how developers will be able to represent gender.


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