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China’s crackdown on the ‘spiritual opium’ of gaming is part of a big social revolution pitting collectivism against individualism

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31.08.2021

The scale of Xi Jinping’s social revolution intensifies every day, and nothing seems to be safe from its reach. To go alongside the dramatic reorganisation of private tutoring, the mauling of big tech and the campaign against celebrity culture, now the Chinese state is turning its sights towards what it perceives to be excessive gaming amongst young people. Tough new regulations aim to limit their activities on gaming platforms to just three hours a week, describing it as “spiritual opium” and stressing that it negatively impacts their mental health, as well as seeking to ensure that children focus more on their education.

It’s another effort to move China’s society in line with its national priorities, and yet another indication that the interests of “big business” do not always represent the interests of society as a whole, as many western countries habitually assume. George Soros has recently voiced his disquiet, but that’s probably more of a sign that China is on the right path than anything else.

In context, the evolution and growth of video games are something that have comprehensively changed our lives and the way we entertain ourselves. In just four decades or so, computer gaming and consoles have rewritten the recreational activities and hobbies of millions, sweeping classical “family board games” into near antiquity. Every child from the 1990s has grown up with various consoles, from the........

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