Game companies aren’t having a great time in China right now. Earlier this month it was revealed that the licenses for the release of new games had not been approved for months, it now appears that new game launches could be severely limited in order to save children’s sight. .
Yes, you read that right. The Chinese government is using the sight of children as an excuse to put in place new restrictions on the sale of new games. Specifically, online games will be limited both in terms of the number of games available and the amount of play time allowed based on your age.
As Eurogamer reports that it is Chinese President Xi Jinping who is so concerned about the sight of children. So much so that the Ministry of Education is implementing new regulatory measures because video games are perceived as a cause of poor eyesight, and in particular, myopia or myopia.
China may have a legitimate argument for restricting the time that children can play games every day. The risk of myopia is increased if you spend too little time outdoors as a child or focus your eyes on nearby objects (such as a monitor or phone screen) for long periods of time. Even so, that would mean restricting access to all games, not just online ones, right?
It is not known what the restrictions will be in terms of new versions of games and playing time limits. China tracks individuals very well, so it is probably already possible to detect that a child is playing a game online and start a timer before it turns off automatically.
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However, pushing children to spend more time outside playing instead of playing can lead to negative reactions from parents. Air pollution is a major problem in China, and we have recently discovered it’s a sure-fire way to make your kids less intelligent.
The Chinese government may be ignoring or missing out on the real cause of what is considered a myopia epidemic in China (20% of elementary school students drop to 50% in secondary). In April of last year, Publish the magazine highlighted the pressure on children in China to succeed academically, which has led them to spend most of their time studying indoors rather than outdoors in the sun.
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