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    Breaking: China lifts console ban!!

    China lifts 14-year-old ban on gaming consoles

    By Charles Riley @CRrileyCNN January 8, 2014: 2:06 AM ET

    Residents in Hong Kong walk by an ad for GTA V. Consoles might soon be coming to the mainland.

    HONG KONG (CNNMoney)
    China has lifted its longtime ban on video game consoles, opening a lucrative new market for manufacturers including Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft.

    The State Council said in a statement that it will now allow consoles to be manufactured in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, an experimental testing ground for economic reform.
    China had implemented a blanket restriction on the manufacture and sale of consoles and games in 2000, denying gaming companies access to the world's most populous nation. Chinese officials had cited worries over violent content and the potential for moral decay in explaining the ban.
    Nintendo shares jumped more than 10% in Tokyo, while Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) added 1%. Sony (SNE), which had unveiled a new streaming game service in Las Vegas, was flat in New York trading on Tuesday.
    With the ban in place, Chinese gamers keen to try consoles were forced to rely the black market to find the latest hardware. Controversial game titles -- which are still frequently banned by the government -- were also available from underground suppliers.
    Yet the restrictions did little to slow the proliferation of PC, online and mobile gaming in China, all of which flourished in the absence of console-based entertainment.
    It's not yet clear whether manufacturers will embrace the Shanghai experiment.
    While most video game consoles are already manufactured by contractors based in China, the new rule requires units sold domestically in China to be built in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. The requirement could force manufacturers to shift supply chains and open new facilities in order to sell in China.


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    Ladies and gentlemen! A massive new market just opened up for consoles! If they can afford cars, they can afford PS4s This is very exciting to me. How about you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefein View Post
    http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/08/tech...a-video-games/

    Ladies and gentlemen! A massive new market just opened up for consoles! If they can afford cars, they can afford PS4s This is very exciting to me. How about you?
    Is this temporary or for good? I saw somewhere stated that it was temp.




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    China does have a very large population so whoever breaks China has a very big market, let's just hope it's the PS4!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serinous View Post
    Is this temporary or for good? I saw somewhere stated that it was temp.
    They have to be manufactured in a certain area. It's more like an experiment than something that is necessarily temporary.

    In other words, if it helps Chinas economy (which it will) then the government will be all for it.

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    Very cool for China and the gaming industry

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    That's awesome. It will probably spark local industry hopefully




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    Will they level up characters in all of our games now?

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    You know what this means.

    Tons of noobs on battlefield 4, time for hunting..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serinous View Post
    That's awesome. It will probably spark local industry hopefully
    It will spark the entire industry if the console makers play their cards correctly. As of April of 2012, the Middle Class in China is actually greater than the population of the entire United States.

    http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/25/news...-middle-class/

    So, there is a HUGE potential market here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefein View Post
    It will spark the entire industry if the console makers play their cards correctly. As of April of 2012, the Middle Class in China is actually greater than the population of the entire United States.

    http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/25/news...-middle-class/

    So, there is a HUGE potential market here.
    Yes I know. It's crazy. But Chinese gamers are all still very accustomed to MMOs or games like Counter Strike on the PC. Home console gaming will be some what new to most gamers in China. PC gaming had been the only channel pretty much.




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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisw26308 View Post
    You know what this means.

    Tons of noobs on battlefield 4, time for hunting..

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    Battlefield 4 if i recall right got given a total ban there due to the games story and DLC, they can not even review the game or talk about it there or something totally silly like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Birch View Post
    Battlefield 4 if i recall right got given a total ban there due to the games story and DLC, they can not even review the game or talk about it there or something totally silly like that.
    Yeah it was because of the China Rising DLC, not sure what is included but something that China doesn't like lol
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    Just maps based in China, but it was also due to story mode as you fight China and kill lots of them, some Chain search sites have even blacklisted the name of the game.

    http://m.digitalspy.co.uk/gaming/new...-security.html

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    I suppose I could see why they banned it then, could see many Chinese people being upset by it!
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    Probably not a good idea to give a major economic superpower the Nazi Germany/ WWII Japan treatment. Could be seen as culturally insensitive. I look forward to Battlefield 5. We'll probably be fighting aliens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisw26308 View Post
    You know what this means.

    Tons of noobs on battlefield 4, time for hunting..

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    Hell yeah! Locked, loaded and ready to go over here!
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    Battlefield 5: Mists of Panderia

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