Monday, September 20

China wants to eliminate effeminate characters in video games | Digital Trends Spanish

The government of China is not content with taking measures to limit the time people spend playing video games, but is now seeking companies to remove images that can be considered effeminate.

Specifically, the government authorities have ordered NetEase and Tencent, two of the largest Chinese companies that produce video games in the country, so that the representations of male characters in video games are not effeminate.

According to the site report NDTV, the government mandate says that “content that is violent or that may generate unhealthy tendencies, such as obsession with money or effeminate images, must be removed.”

The problem stems from the Communist Party of China, which rules the country’s destinies and whose older leaders tend to be more conservative. According to an academic from the University of Hong Kong, there is a belief that “effeminate men are weaker physically and emotionally fragile.”

In addition to the above, there is also a tendency to believe that playing video games excessively can smooth the character of men, especially the younger ones. And this is seen as a problem in a government that considers heterosexuality as the only valid behavior.

These measures by the Chinese government constitute an order, implying that companies that produce video games will have to adapt, at the risk of severe fines. In addition, the authorities requested that companies stop focusing so much on profits, because that approach leads to creating addictive mechanics so that people spend more money on games.

However, video game companies are not the only ones affected since the mandate also includes other forms of entertainment, among which are music or television programs.

It will be interesting to see how Tencent and other similar companies apply these rules and modify their content for the future, in a process that will surely not be quick or immediate.

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