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China to ban video games that show ‘gay relations, humanly characters’

In a new series of crackdowns, China has decided to ban all video games that feature gay relationships or portrays male characters as ‘unmanly’.

As per several reports, it has been revealed through a leaked memo that the Xi Jinping government is about to ban all video games that allow players to choose if they want to be good or evil, have gay relationships of effeminate male characters.

Video games are no longer being treated as a source of entertainment in China. The Chinese government believes video games are more of an art form that promote and teach moral values to children. The government wants to use these games to teach ‘correct’ values and give ‘accurate understanding’ of history and culture to young children.

“We don’t think games should give players this choice,” the memo said. “This must be altered. If regulators can’t tell the character’s gender immediately, the setting of the characters could be considered problematic and red flags raised,” the memo reportedly reads.

Interestingly, it has also been reported that no new domestically-made video games have been approved since July and no new international video games have been given the green light since June. A few weeks ago, the Chinese government also limited the number of gaming hours that children are allowed.

As per new regulations issued by the National Press and Publication Administration, all gaming lovers under the age of 18 will only be allowed to play for one hour now. The government has decided to reduce the gaming hours for Friday, weekends and holidays [Free Republic].

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: COMPLEX.COM

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