Li Zhanguo’s two children, ages 4 and 8, don’t have their own smartphones, but like millions of other Chinese children, they are no strangers to online gaming.
"If my children get their hands on our mobile phones or an iPad, and if we don’t closely monitor their screen time, they can play online games for as long as three to four hours each time,” he said.
Like many other parents, Li is happy with new government restrictions that limit children to just three hours weekly of online gaming time - an hour between 8pm and 9pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday most weeks.
The restrictions, which took effect earlier this month, are a tightening of 2019 rules that banned children from gaming overnight and limited them to 90 minuteRead More »
Zacary Egea works two jobs as a motorcycle taxi driver and courier in economically crippled Venezuela. In his downtime, the 32-year-old plays an online game to earn extra money by amassing so-called non-fungible tokens, or NFTs.
Egea is one of many Venezuelans to have turned to NFT gaming to augment their income as the country confronts its eighth year of recession and fourth of hyperinflation.
NFTs are one-of-a-kind digital collectibles, each with a certificate of authenticity created by the same blockchain technology that underlies cryptocurrency. It cannot be forged or otherwise manipulated.
Egea plays the game Plant vs Undead, in which plants "grown" in an online garden battle zombie-like monsters. Players invest time in "watering" and otherwiseRead More »
An agent and a hacker chase a notorious cyber criminal who wants to get access to everyone’s personal data. That's the essence of “Operation: Tango.”
But what makes this game really special is that it's made for two players to play together without being in the same room.
At the beginning, you and your friend get to choose between being either agent Angel or hacker Alistar. Both roles have their charm and each faces their own challenges. It’s a co-op game, but you don’t get to share a screen with your co-player.
Instead the agent player and the hacker player can sit at home in front of their own console or PC. Each player only sees their part of the game, so communication via headset is vital.
As you might expect of a hacker, AlisRead More »
Beijing sets up website for public to report gaming company ‘irregularities’ as anti-addiction drive ramps up
China’s gaming industry regulator has created a special website that encourages the public to report companies for any violation of state regulations designed to protect kids from video gaming addiction.
The website, officially named “reporting platform for gaming companies implementation of anti-addition regulations”, was created by the National Press and Publication Administration (NAPP) and is currently in “trial operations”.
Anyone with a Chinese ID and a mobile phone number can report gaming company irregularities to the regulator through the website. Reported irregularities are grouped into three types; whether an online game has fully implemented real name registration requirements; whether an online game has implemented time limits of onlyRead More »