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China will ban games that include same-sex relationship, effeminate men and is looking to crack down China is set to crack down on video games with content the state deems immoral. This includes:. This comes after China recently announced new regulations to the amount of online gaming kids and teens are allowed to play in a week to just three hours.
Media and games, the things we see in our popular culture, have a tremendous impact in shaping who we are. So as you can imagine, playing these games over and over or watching people play these games can have a ificant impact about what you think is the actual way that men should be, or what masculinity should look like. Both believe that video games impact our understanding of masculinity.
Davis worries that games will make men and boys more violent and sexist; the Communist Party in China is concerned that games will make men sissies. They have diametrically opposed views other than this belief that games cause some form of real world harm and must be regulated to prevent that harm. People wanted that game banned and for a moment, Valve complied— pulling Hatred from its digital shelfthough only briefly.
Valve boss Gabe Newell intervened and Hatred was returned to Steam, though it received an Adults Only rating, something typically reserved for graph sexual content. Australia banned Hotline Miami 2 over a rape scene in that incredibly bloody and violent game. But that scene, like the game itself, is parody.
It is impossible to balance the scales between security and freedom in a way that satisfies everyone. The motives may be different but the are the same: Censorship of art in the name of preventing harm due to the misguided belief that games make people violent or toxic or gay or whatever.
I chose this novel for a few reasons. Burgess believed that if we took away the ability to choose between good and evil we would become no more than a clockwork orange, not a person at all. How can we truly be good if we have no choice in the matter? We are little more than a machine at that point. We must have the ability to eat the forbidden fruit in order to turn it down. When the film was released in the UK it caused a moral panic.
There were reports of copycats dressing up like Alex and his droogs and calls for the film to be banned. Anthony Burgess said at the time:. Art consists of reshaping life, but it does not create life, nor cause life. Furthermore, to attribute powerful suggestive qualities to a film is at odds with the scientifically accepted view that, even after deep hypnosis in a posthypnotic state, people cannot be made to do things which are at odds with their natures. In other words, while some bad people might take inspiration from A Clockwork Orange, they were already bad.
Most people will not watch A Clockwork Orange and leave the theater a rapist or a killer or a thug. As I have written on countless occasions, the rise in popularity of video games can be correlated directly to the drop in violent crime. If games caused real world violence, surely we would see that actually play out in the real world. Censorship, unlike art, really is a form of violence. We forget that at our own peril. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook. Subscribe to my YouTube channel here. Erik Kain writes a widely read and respected blog about video games, entertainment and culture at Forbes.
He is a Shorty Award-nominated journalist and critic whose work. Kain co-founded the political commentary blog The League Of Ordinary Gentlemen, whose members have gone on to write at multiple major publications including The New York Times and Slate. He lives in Arizona with his family.
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