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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has reportedly given the go-ahead for the end of his country's ban on the sale of gaming consoles to its citizens, although under carefully controlled conditions over what games can be sold. "They still need approval from the culture ministry and other relevant government bodies for their products, …

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  1. Fehu
    Pirate

    I, for one, welcome our new overlord masters.

    Any openings in your clan, master?

  2. Khaptain Silver badge
    Coat

    Difficult to believe

    What kind of game lasts 13 years ?

    1. montyburns56

      Re: Difficult to believe

      You've obviously never played Skyrim....

    2. Steven Roper

      Re: Difficult to believe

      A couple of friends and I still play Age of Empires II faithfully every Wednesday night during our LAN sessions...

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Difficult to believe

      Diablo II

      1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

        I don't think any of those examples pass the "not too violent or politically sensitive for young people" criteria that is apparently being imposed.

        On the other hand, there will probably be a uptake of My Little Pony games <shudder>.

    4. BongoJoe
      Coat

      Re: Difficult to believe

      What kind of game lasts 13 years ?

      Eve Online will be a rage filled teenager soon enough.

  3. AceRimmer

    Let the Forks vs Chop Sticks flame wars begin!

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Could we have that as an RTS ?

  4. The Envoy

    Rocket Ranger!

    As long as they decide to release an upgraded 2013 version of Rocket Ranger I am happy...

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Lift the ban on sales of xxxx and then insist that they have to be made locally.

    Protectionism much?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      If they are going to be playing them who will be making them?!

    2. ecofeco Silver badge
      WTF?

      Why not protect their jobs?

      All the smart countries do it.

      1. Steven Roper
        Thumb Up

        Re: Why not protect their jobs?

        Unfortunately none of the smart countries speak English as their first language.

        1. pPPPP

          Re: Why not protect their jobs?

          We protect our jobs too. As long as those jobs are for CEOs/Directors/Conservative party donators/Bullingdon club etc. etc.

        2. BongoJoe
          Coat

          Re: Why not protect their jobs?

          Unfortunately none of the smart countries speak English as their first language.

          Iawn. Croeso i Gymru

          coat: because...

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      lol, protectionism? From a country that built a wall around it you can see from space? Surely not!

      1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

        For your education :

        http://www.nasa.gov/vision/space/workinginspace/great_wall.html

        http://www.universetoday.com/25364/can-you-see-the-great-wall-of-china-from-space/

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Wall_of_China

      2. tonysmith

        lol, complaining about protectionism? From a country that simply tried to take over the world and force everyone in the empire to buy British? Surely not!

  6. LarsG

    Space

    Once they get their teeth into gaming there won't be enough space on the servers for the rest of the world.

    Population 1,354,040,001 as of the 27 December 2012

  7. Electric Panda

    I don't understand this ban. China has been awash with locally manufactured knock-off consoles since time immemorial and these were sold in plain sight, so were those not banned too?

    But anyway, opening up the market for sales of legitimate consoles means serious £££ because there's definitely demand for it.

    1. Shrimpling

      From what I remember the consoles currently on sale in China are marketed as Multimedia devices and so get through a loop hole.

      All the law does currently is stop foreign console makers from selling in China

  8. John Savard Silver badge

    Trade Rules

    I thought that current trade rules allowed banning the import of video games from countries that ban video games from their domestic market.

  9. alexba

    The Arab players have already taken over with jailbreaked PS3's. That's just what we don't need are even more jailbreakers from China.

  10. lightknight

    I think I understand now

    I think I understand now. Much of humanity is a colony organism: it appears to be made up of individuals, but in reality, it's a single mind that governs much of those bodies.

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