China Struggles to Evolve in the Age of Online Gaming

Worldofwarcraft_chinaChina is an interesting case, a society where strict cultural censorship gives way to a vibrant community of online gamers. But this online freedom only exists up to a point, as both Google and World of Warcraft can attest.

China's educated middle and upper classes are voracious online gamers, and many are unhappy with several proposed changes to the popular Chinese online game "Legend." This caps off a tumultuous few months for a Chinese government struggling to come to terms with the emergence of virtual worlds.

Let's take a look at why some Chinese gamers are staging virtual world protests, and why the Chinese government is moving to shut down offending servers in a bid to control the potential threat of unchained protest.

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Liberalizing and Stabilizing Developing Nations Through Broadband Accessibility

A few weeks ago we reported on how Brazil is positioning itself to become the Internet and virtual world development hub of South America.

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Now a report just released by
market research firm Strategy Analytics has the data that shows
developing nations are likely in for a telecommunications boom over the
next year, with Brazil leading the way.

Pixels and Policy takes a
look at the report and what a mass expansion of broadband Internet
means for the developing half of the world.

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China Bans All Foreign Investment in its Virtual Worlds

Gold-farming-china-wow7go-530 This morning's policy report is a depressing follow-up to our recent story on how Brazil is aiming to join the ranks of major virtual world hubs.

China's General Administration of Press and Publication, the state's official video game regulatory body, announced today its intent to bar all foreign investment and partnership in Chinese virtual worlds and online games.

It appears Chinese gamers will be seeing Red for the forseeable future.

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How Broadband Internet Will Help Liberalize Developing Nations

A few weeks ago we reported on how Brazil is positioning itself to become the Internet and virtual world development hub of South America.

Img_splashBricNations

Now a report just released by market research firm Strategy Analytics has the data that shows developing nations are likely in for a telecommunications boom over the next year, with Brazil leading the way.

Pixels and Policy takes a look at the report and what a mass expansion of broadband Internet means for the developing half of the world.

Continue reading How Broadband Internet Will Help Liberalize Developing Nations