A Chinese news channel has blamed online games for everything from drug addiction to murder, in a programme called ‘Confession of a Murderer – Focus on Pornography and Violence in Online Games (Part Two)’. The show, aired by China Central Television (CCTV) last Thursday, focused on a man serving a life sentence in a Beijing juvenile prison for real-life murders committed in order to obtain virtual equipment in an online game.
The report said: “He himself killed five people, and the reason he took the path to crime was addiction to violent online games.” They also reported that up to 80 percent of violent criminals in the prison had turned to crime because of gaming.
CCTV has a history of speaking out against online games. They recently reported on a 14-year-old girl who had played a game called ‘Audition‘, an online dancing game which is said to encourage one-night stands. The girl then allegedly had sex with people she met online, and eventually had two abortions to cover up the acts. The news channel also reported this month on teenagers who become addicted to drugs and cough medicine as a way of staying awake for all-night gaming marathons.
China takes the problem of online game addiction very seriously, and is currently cracking down on such activities. It’s estimated that over 200 million Chinese citizens regularly play games online.