With China's recent announcement of limiting online playing time, BBC
has posted an article concerning the lives of several hard core gamers from around the world. As the title depicts, these people spend most of their day gaming and eating by their computer. Each one of the gamers interviewed gave a reason for gaming extensively, such as interaction with other players to a stress reliever. Below is a selected excerpt from the article.
Gaming helps me escape from whatever happens to be bothering me. It's a great stress reliever, a safe outlet to pursue some of my more aggressive tendencies. One of the names I use online is "Shiva" - the powerful Indian god of destruction.
But it's also really sociable.
I live in a small town and gaming is a way to interact with and meet people from all over the world. I have met players from Sweden, Australia and Korea. I've now heard a lot of opinions I would not normally have had access to. I know how people from around the world view the US.
Perhaps this is what is behind China's new rules. The average Chinese citizen might have less access to other viewpoints and cultures than I do. Perhaps the freedom of an online gaming environment is a challenge...
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