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China Bans Violent “Mafia” Online Games

China’s censorship program aimed at creating social stability has found another victim. China has placed a ban on linking to and advertising violent online games.

According to the Culture Ministry Web site on Monday; games that promote drug use, obscenities, gambling, or crimes such as rape, vandalism and theft are “against public morality and the nation’s fine cultural traditions.” And “such online games promote the glorification of mafia life … and are a serious threat to the moral standards of society causing vulnerable young people to be adversely affected.”

The ban on the web sites starts immediately and notice was given to law enforcement to ensure web sites were following the new law.

Many companies have already complied with the law removing games such as “Godfather” and “All Corners of the Country” which featured black market deals and street fights.

In addition to the recent crackdowns on violent games, and gold farming; China has previously blocked Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.