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It is undeniable that the political, social, economic and cultural situations of a country have the ability to affect the gaming industry. One of the clearest examples is China, a region where video games constantly suffer from censorship and regulations by the authorities. Now, it is planned to eradicate men from games that promote the “feminization” of male characters.
A few weeks ago, China limited the hours that minors can play, a measure that aims to moderate addictions to video games. Additionally, last Wednesday, September 8, the country’s regulators convened a meeting where gaming and technology companies, including Tencent and NetEase, met to discuss new objectives.
Chinese authorities consider effeminate men to be weak
One of the new goals is to remove “misrepresentations” of the male sex in video games. Specifically, they will seek to remove “effeminate” men and members of the LGBTQIA + community. This under the argument that they promote a bad culture.
According to Geng Song, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, there is a prejudice that effeminate men are weaker physically as well as more fragile emotionally. In addition, we must remember that the leaders of the Communist Party of the country are conservative and consider heterosexuality as the only valid sexual orientation.
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Thus, video game studios must abide by this new order of the Chinese government, otherwise they will be worthy of fines and other sanctions. This news comes shortly after multiple TV shows came under fire from authorities for including “effeminate” hosts.
Finally, the government of the Asian country assured that video game companies will no longer have to focus so much on revenue and gain followers, and instead will have to modify the rules and designs of the games that can induce addiction.
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According to Derek Hird, a professor of Chinese studies at Lancaster University, some Chinese leaders believe that excessive gambling contributes to the “softening” of men’s character. The latter caused shares of Tencent and NetEase to see a significant decline this week.
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