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Chinese Government Suspends Games In Favor Of Mourning

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Posted April 21, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

ChinaTheFeed is expecting a huge influx of readers from China today (fingers-crossed!) because the government there has suspended online gaming. This is not a Draconian morals crackdown from the sorta-Communists in power there, though. The Government is suspending all entertainment related activities for today in order that the people of the nation can mourn victims of the April 14 Yushu Earthquake which reportedly killed over 2,000 people and injured more than 12,000.

The Ministry of Culture will fly flags at half-staff across China, and expects the closure of  game rooms, cinemas, theaters, dance halls and recreation venues. All all online music, online games, online animation, and online video will be suspended by Chinese ISPs as well.

Put yourself in the place of a Chinese gamer for a moment. Imagine the government shuts everything fun down for a day. Would you be more likely to mourn the death of your countrymen or would you be angry/irritated that you'd have to spend 24 hours doing something other than gaming?

Source: Game Politics

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