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Feature: Releasing on Steam from behind the Great Firewall

What’s It Like To Launch An Indie Game From China?

The first thing you notice about Lost Castle, an enjoyable 2D side-scrolling action RPG, is that the art style makes the characters, heroes and villains alike, kind of cute. Bosses aside, some look almost cuddly, in a macabre sort of way. Underneath this visage lies an action-packed, challenging and enjoyable game in which more than a few deaths are inevitable, even when playing with a…

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Chinese Prisoners Used As Gold Farmers?

This one's a little disturbing, so if you're in a good mood then proceed with caution. The Guardian has spoken to a Chinese man by the pseudonym of Liu Dali who claims that during his spell in a prison in North-East China, among the traditional back-breaking labour of breaking rocks and "whittling chopsticks and toothpicks from planks of wood", the guards also made him and…

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World Bank Estimates 100k Gold Farmers

A report over on the BBC website highlights research done by the World Bank on virtual economies. The report, which can be found here (PDF link, and full of other stuff about the virtual economy), suggests that gold and item farming in MMOs was worth $3bn in 2009, and employs up to 100,000 people in China and Vietnam. That's a lot of virtual shoulder pads,…

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Op Fap Red River: Shifting Focus Trailer

Here at RPS, we love the Chinese. Steam buns? Alright by us! The Great Wall? Heck of a wall, that. Mr. Miyagi? What a guy. But what if you hated the Chinese? Well, then I guess you'd get a kick out of the latest Operation Flashpoint: Red River trailer, which awaits you below and introduces the Chinese army as enemies. I want to go on…

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China Bans Foreign MMO Investment

The exploding MMO market in China is being cut off from Western economic influence as Chinese regulators ban foreign investment in virtual worlds. This Reuters report states that: "The new directive also disallows foreign firms from indirectly influencing Chinese gaming firms through agreements or technology support." This is a move which presumably has something do with predictions that the Chinese MMO market will be worth…

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China And The Future Of Gaming

In this latest guest post on RPS Chris "Evo" Evans looks at China, the net, its politics, and the future of censorship. Plenty of China-facts await. It's the most populous country. It's record in freedom of speech is, to politely refrain from using the full range of ours, patchy. China's net-censorship is amongst the worst in the world. They also really like their MMOs. They're…

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CoH As “Persistent RTS”

1UP are reporting some interesting tactics by Relic to get into the piracy-warped Chinese games market with the most excellent Company Of Heroes. Apparently they intend to turn the game into an “'experience for online gamers where players will be able to build their character up from private to general through new multiplayer cooperative missions, gameplay modes, and player-versus-player combat’ in a persistent RTS. Presumably,…

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Cultural, Environmental Footprint Of A New PC

In a revealing post over on New Scientist's Environment blog, correspondent Fred Pearce recounts some of the cultural and economic back story to his being able to buy a new, handmade PC from Dell: To keep the lines running, Asustek trains a staggering 7000 new operators every month. Right now a new influx of young girls is heading for Suzhou and the other computer cities,…

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China To Curb Foreign MMOs?

I just spotted this over on Massively: Chinese policy is set to make it easy for local developers to hamper foreign competition. The article explains: Unfortunately for developers in the U.S., Korea, and elsewhere looking to cash in on this burgeoning market, recent regulations imposed by the Chinese government will allow domestic Chinese gaming companies to effectively postpone the release of foreign-developed games indefinitely by…

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China, Gambling, And Virtual Conflict

GameSetWatch points the way to a documentary examination of ZT Online, one of China's biggest MMOs. The article is introduced on the Chinese culture blog Danwei and then translated in full from the original Southern Weekly article by Cao Yunwu. The article contains numerous illustrations of how Chinese gamers experience MMOs and how their attitudes and behaviours in online environments differ to those of European…

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China Demands: Prove You’re A Lady

I join you live from a secret location in the United States, on a secret mission for Rock, Paper, Shotgun that will hopefully become a lot less secret very soon. But I'd get excited now, just to be prepared. Meanwhile, I bring you news of a more immediate nature. Fearsome-looking news site Pacific Epoch reports on a Chinese MMO that has started freezing the accounts…

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