China Central Television last week broadcast a show called "Confession of a Murderer: Focus on Pornography and Violence in Online Games". You know where this is going.

CCTV is China's state news channel, and the program (the second part in a series), which visited a juvenile prison to speak with those apparently influenced by the titles in question, blames online video games for contributing to everything from teen pregnancy to drug addiction to murder.

The timing of the program is no coincidence, as Chinese bodies have spent much of 2009 cracking down on online games, banning some titles while suspending others. Even the mighty World of Warcraft has been in the government's sights, shutting down for 3 months earlier in the year and more recently being the subject of a to-and-fro between two competing government agencies.

China Blames Online Games for Drugs, Murder, Teen Pregnancy [Yahoo]