ONLINE GAMERS ANONYMOUS OPENS IN CHINA

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ONLINE GAMERS ANONYMOUS OPENS IN CHINA

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ONLINE GAMERS ANONYMOUS OPENS IN CHINA

Clinics for internet addicts open up across China, online gaming fans go cold turkey

11:48 'Drying-out' clinics for people addicted to online games like Guild Wars and World of Warcraft are opening up in China.
The clinics aim to stem the flow of hardcore internet and online gaming obsessives who are giving up school, work, friends and family to immerse themselves in their hobby.

China has the second largest internet-enabled population in the world (94 million people are already online) and the recent economic boom has brought with it a wave of online gaming fanatics.

One clinic, based in Beijing and funded by government money, has been running since March and employs 12 nurses and 11 doctors to care for its patients. Some check themselves in, while others are referred by parents or superiors. They can't play online games or access the internet while in the clinic and are encouraged to engage in other activities like sport, playing cards and group therapy sessions.

Most disturbingly of all, an Associated Press report states that some patients "receive a clear fluid through intravenous drips."
Headlines were made recently by a Chinese MMORPG gamer who stabbed his friend to death in a dispute over an in-game item, and a thirteen-year-old boy who was apparently inspired by an online game to leap to his death from a skyscraper.

The Chinese government has been aware of the growing problem of online game addiction for a long time. In June the Chinese Ministry of Culture announced plans to crack down on "negative" games and replace them with "healthier" alternatives.

Can you ever be so addicted to gaming that medical help is the only answer? Your thoughts in the forums below, please...

Graeme Boyd

Edited by: lizwool at: 1/19/06 22:56

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Quote:In June the Chinese Ministry of Culture announced plans to crack down on "negative" games and replace them with "healthier" alternatives.Let us be clear in that "Communist" China has one of the most repressive governments in existence and that 'negative' and 'healthier' have decidedly different meanings there. I don't believe that any clinics there for 'gaming addiction' are meant to benefit the individuals. They are meant to benefit the country and prevent free thought, individualism and potential anti-government behavior.
China's Internet firewall is one of the most sophisticated firewall's in existence with thousands of censors and Internet filters preventing users from doing Google searches for words such as 'democracy' and 'freedom.' To make it worse, companies such as Microsoft and Yahoo and other hardware manufacturers are being paid by China to help censor the Internet using their technologies.

We have lost almost 2,000 Americans and have killed tens of thousands of civilians in the middle east to bring "democracy" to them and yet our corporations here in this country are taking huge payoffs to effectively support Communism and censorship in the East.

Is anyone paying attention? Wake up people!!

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Edited by: Diggo McDiggity at: 9/19/05 21:35

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