That was a great read! Very informative.
Has China relaxed its censorship of video games lately? I recall, for instance, that Europa Universalis III was not allowed in China as it acknowledged the historical existence of Tibet, but there's many, many, Chinese posters in paradox's forums playing EU IV lately. That's generally where I encounter Chinese gamers most often, actually.
Censorship is weird in China.
For example on PS4 GTA5 is banned. But you can go ahead and download it from STEAM......
FOr some reason Govt doesn't care about STEAM so much + piracy / VPN get around blocks for other stuff.
So because PS4 + XB1 is a closed physical system it suffers. But STEAM is online selling licenese so gets away for some reason lol.
Great read, thanks for posting this. I find micro-console part especially interesting, I'm wondering if there will eventually be company that will hire 3rd parties (or make their own 1st party studio) to make exclusive games for their console.
It's funny you should mention this, I have a article I am preparing to post a couple of days from now about this.
The company is called FUZE Entertainment. They are the guys who funded the Red Ash Kickstarter and Megaman stuff for comcept. They are releasing a console in China this year (based on Android) but very powerful and with good dev tools etc...
They plan to launch the above games on these consoles + have partnered with others like Codemasters, Koei Tecmo etc.... to bring console games to their micro console.
Yeah, that's about what I had in mind - some company that will, given the number of gamers in China, yet specific financial and cultural structure, actually try to make micro-console market primary console market. Looking forward to your article about FUZE.
I will post it here when it is up :)