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Chinese Company Drops the Banhammer on MMOG Gender Bending

Posted Wed, Oct 28, 2009 by Martuk

I'm sure we all know some people that choose to play the opposite sex in an MMOG. Some guys just like the look of female models better and some women play male avatars to avoid getting harassed, but Aurora Technology, Chinese MMOG company, has dropped the banhammer on this activity. Some of the games impacted by include Aion, Dungeons and Dragons Online, and Company of Heroes. Proof of gender is even being required via webcam. This isn't the first time the company has taken this stance as it has banned players in the past for the same reason.

As of a month ago, a Chinese MMO company has started banning accounts of male players that play female characters in their game. Only a few news sites outside of China have picked up on the ruling.

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