Illustration for article titled iBattlegrounds/i Getting Modified In China To Conform With Socialist Core Values

Today, Chinese tech giant Tencent announced it won the the exclusive rights to officially release and operate Playerunknown’s Battleground in China. However, the game will have to be changed to appease government censors.

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While Battlegrounds is wildly popular among Chinese players, it hasn’t gotten an official government-approved release yet. However, China hasn’t blocked the game, either.

Reuters and SCMP report that last month the China’s media censor, State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film & Television, criticized Battlegrounds, calling it excessively violent. Regulators also stated that the game might even be banned because it “deviates from the socialist core values, traditional Chinese culture and moral norms.”

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Tencent, however, is going to have the game modified, saying it “will make adjustment to content ... and make sure they accord with socialist core values, Chinese traditional culture and moral rules.” It also added that it would make sure the game offers “healthy, positive cultural and value guidance, especially for underage users.”

Oh.


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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

Guess its unpopular opinion time:

I really wish more governments would pursue this kind of legislature.

While government think police should be avoided like the plague, a video game can be it’s own kind of think police if left unchecked. I really have no clue in the slightest where the line is drawn. But I do want to see what they would change, and then see some proper analysis on it.

Because at this stage, all I see is a government that doesn’t want violence to be glorified. And with movies and tv-series generally glorifying violence, I can really see why that’s a good thing.