China Considering Lifting Video Game Console Ban in Place Since 2000

In 2000, the Chinese government banned all video game consoles, meaning gamers in China have yet to get their hands on the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360, and the Nintendo Wii. They have been able to play video games on computers, so they haven't gone totally without for the past 12 years. Now, Reuters reports that China is considering lifting the ban on video game consoles.

According to Reuters, China Daily newspaper reported that the ban could be lifted. China's safety standards body issued a quality certification for the Sony PS3, which had raised speculation that China could soon be lifting th ban.

When China first instituted the ban on game consoles being sold within the country, the government said that it was to protect the mental and physical development of children.

China Daily cited an unnamed source from the Ministry of Culture that claimed the policy was under review, and that discussions were being held with other ministries. In order to repeal the ban, it would require approval from all seven ministries in China.

Even though video game consoles have been banned in China for all of the 21st Century, online gaming via computers and mobile gaming via smartphones and other devices is common in China.