Being the world's most prominent authoritarian regime, it comes as little surprise that China has issued rules that dictate the amount of time, time of day, and monthly spending allowed in video games for people under 18.
I don't think it matters what the amounts are, as it's the principal that I care about. But, in case you care about the numbers, they are:
90 minutes per day on Weekdays
3 hours per day on weekends and holidays
No gaming between 10pm and 8am
$28-$57 per month max, depending on age
IMO, the idea that it's any of the state's business what time of day a person plays video games is totally ridiculous. The same goes for the amount of money they spend. If anything, this stuff is an issue for families to handle, as they actually know what makes sense for their kids.
To enforce this, people will be required to use their real name and identification number (that's worrying too, but maybe for a different discussion) to log in. I wonder what the punishment will be for people that work around the rules? You know damn well kids will do that any chance they get.
As a believer in and supporter of personal autonomy, and the basic human right to do whatever one wants, whenever one wants, so long as it doesn't limit anyone else's ability to do the same, I find this disgusting. In light of Acti/Bliz licking the Chinese boots last month, this whole thing worries me a bit. Are gaming companies simply going to roll over and acquiesce to the authorities in China, to the detriment of the rest of us? It may be too soon to say. But, we know at least some of them will. And that is disgusting.
What do you think?