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China Calls Online Games "Spiritual Opium," Issues Crackdown

Posted Fri, Jan 18, 2008 by Aelryn

I guess I'm "chasing the dragon" on Onyxia raids, then?

Reuters is reporting that China is going to be cracking down on what it considers "undesirable" elements of online gaming to combat growing fears of rampant internet addiction.

The industry's growth comes amid media reports of soaring rates of online addiction, and officials blaming Internet obsessions for the majority of juvenile crime.

"Although China's online gaming industry had been hot in recent years, online games are regarded by many as a sort of spiritual opium and the whole industry is marginalized by mainstream society," Thursday's China Daily quoted Kou Xiaowei, a senior official with the General Administration of Press and Publication, as saying.

"If we don't make adjustments, the industry will suffer sooner or later," Kou said.

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