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Culture ministry pulls the plug on violent online games

THE Ministry of Culture has banned online games with violent content and asked cultural departments in every province to crackdown on such games to protect young people from harmful influences.

Violent online games are popular and many Websites have developed such games to attract gamers, Legal Daily said in today's report.

In these games, players can rob, gamble, deal drugs and even kill others - all of which are illegal in real life, the report said.

Some people even suggested the creation of a law to regulate the online game industry.

The introduction of a recently developed online game said it includes power, money, violence and gambling. A gamer told the newspaper such games become popular by word of mouth and that they are addictive.

Commentator Qiao Zhifeng was cited as saying such games could lead gamers to commit real crimes.

A mother told the newspaper her child is fond of such games and that she is worried about the influence such games have on young people.

One investigation found some middle school students who charged primary school students with protection fees got the idea from online games in some cases, the report said.

Experts also suggested setting access levels for online games to keep juveniles away from violence and pornography.


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