As we all know, MMOs can be highly addictive, with some players spending more time in a virtual world than the real one. In attempt to avoid addiction in its gamers, the Chinese government will soon require MMO players to register their real names when they create their online accounts so their play time can be monitored. Ars Technica has the full story:
Zhang Yijun, director of the General Administration of Press and Publication's technology and digital publication department in China, said this week in Qingdao that the Chinese government will begin taking in personal information from any players who register to play MMO, free or otherwise. Gamers will need to register their names along with the code for their government-issued ID cards.
The program, which will start this year, will be open to the community so parents can check in on the gaming habits of their children. Yijun said Wednesday the operations of four online game companies were suspended because their software didn't have the mandatory anti-addiction system.
Chinese players will not have their in-game actions affected in any way. This program will only be used as a monitoring tool to see how much time each player spends in their MMOs. So what do you think? Is it a good idea or too much like Big Brother from 1984 ?