BEIJING, March 20 -- The number of Chinese online
game players under the age of 18 has declined to 15 percent of total respondents
in 2008 -- a 7 percent drop from the 2007's figure of 183 million -- according
to a nationwide survey by the China Youth Social Service Center release on
Sun Shoushan, deputy chief of the General
Administration of Press and Publication, said in Shanghai on Wednesday that the
anti-Internet addiction system has been effective in curbing online gaming
China developed the anti-online game addiction system
in July 2007 to reduce on-line addiction among young people. All game operators
in China are required to deter minors from playing their games for more than
three hours a day. Online gamers are also required to register using their real
names and identity card numbers to determine whether or not they are under the
age of 18.
The system will restricts a minor's playing time by
canceling half their earned credits if they remain online for more than three
hours a day. If the child plays for more than five hours a day, all of their
gaming credits will be lost.
The survey also showed that about 60 percent of
youngsters are satisfied with the anti-addiction system.
Soundbite: Sun Shoushan, deputy chief of the General
Administration of Press and Publication With the effective anti-addiction
system, the General Administration of the Press and Publication will cooperation
with the Ministry of Public Security to jointly implement real-name
certification in online game playing. And help parents to supervise their
children's Internet using and prevent their kids from using parents' ID in
playing online games.
The Press and Publication Administration evaluated
the anti-indulgence system of 107 online games on 59 game Web sites and made
adjustment on 103 of them.
Xinhua correspondents reporting from Shanghai.