Many game developers are rushing towards mobile phones as a place to release their games. Nintendo, however, has preferred to stick close to its own gaming hardware. Which is why it's so odd that Nintendo characters appeared at this mobile phone booth at the recent China Joy gaming expo.
China and video games have a long and ridiculous history, but in the age of the internet, it's a story that's yet to be completely put together. And so, here at Kotaku, we will try to make sense of the history of consoles in China. Stay awhile, and read?
Earlier this week, China's State Council sneakily released a document about regulations in the nifty Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Due to this release, media outlets have been calling China's archaic 13-year ban on video games consoles to be over. I'm here to rain on everyone's parade.
Last week, photos of last generation video game consoles have appeared online in China. No, these aren't any regular old photos, the consoles in these photos are in retail display kiosks inside Chinese brick and mortar electronics shop Suning.
Censorship is a pervasive issue all across the world, but nowhere is it more evident than it is in China. Here, media content falls under extreme scrutiny before it can be released to the public, and video games are no different.
You've probably heard that China has a video game console ban. Over the last year, there have been rumors that the 13 year-old ban would be lifted—and last Friday evening, a sneaky online posting by the Chinese government seems to have confirmed that the ban has indeed been lifted.
For the last 11 years, the yearly China Digital Entertainment Expo has been "entertaining" China and the world's gamers. Commonly known as China Joy, the show is usually known more for its booth companions—in fact, this year's China Joy was more about the gamers and geeks taking photos of young women.
Thirteen years ago, China banned video game console sales in the country. Now, it seems like the ban is coming to end, and while that is good, the reality of it all is that the lifting of the ban means literally phooey to China, the world, and video games.