Gaming Regulators: Virtual Chinese Still Need to Have Hukou and Obey One-Child Policy

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‘The regulators require the birth system in our games to meet the regulations of birth-control policies.’

Let’s say you load up The Sims (China Edition). You make your little character. What’s the first thing he should do? Register for a hukou, of course. And then get a national ID card. A bit down the road, if he gets married, he’d better not think of having a second child without paying a social-compensation fee. Aren’t video games fun?

According to an article on MarketWatch, this scenario isn’t as ridiculous as it seems. The folks at MarketWatch spoke to a Chinese game developer who ran into issues with authorities who believe that video games should reflect the laws and regulations of the PRC.

“The regulators require the birth system in our games to meet the regulations of birth-control policies [in China],” says the developer, who had to make changes after…

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