Research Topics for the Presence of Games in China

August 19th, 2008

video games in china

In a week I shall be leaving my comfortable life in Australia and stepping out into one of the busiest and most insane cities on the planet; Shanghai (China). Shanghai has a population of approximately 20 million people and is the epicenter of China’s economic and trading boom.

My reasoning for traveling abroad is language acquisition. I’ve been studying Chinese for 7 years now and much of that has been a waste of time due to the hold-your-hand approach of Western language education. I realized how frustrated I was with the this early on last year and have since gone to considerable efforts to amend my wasted time, the exchange represents a large part of this.

I’ll be away for at least half a year, possibly a year and a half depending of if I can combine a second scholarship that I won for the same time slot. While I am over in China, I would like to use the time I have to extend my understanding of the impact of video games in the country. This is all part of an upcoming direction that I’d like to steer the blog in, where I begin to analyze games from a world perspective and not just an American perspective, as usually tends to be the case. Being interested in both games and Chinese culture, I am already familiar with some nuances in the country’s gaming landscape so I would like to investigate:

-the underground piracy economy
-the rampid success of online gaming
-opinion from older/parent demographic
-gaming and Internet Cafe Culture
-Chinese/English gaming language

Among other issues. ShangHai also hosts a number of game developers including the Ubisoft branch whom are working on the new voice controlled RTS EndWar.

The reason why I am writing about my travels is because I want to hear your opinions, I want to know if there is anything about Chinese games and gaming culture that you wish to learn more about. I’m hoping to do mountains of research by talking to locals, testing these online games, browsing through pirated goods posting my finding on the blog. So let me know if there is anything that interests you about this side of the gaming market and I’ll try and snuff it up.

  • I’d really like to know how the Chinese view American games/American gaming culture. I think most Americans just assume that everyone in the east gets dizzy playing FPS’s and thinks that our games suck, but I just find that blanket statement hard to swallow.

    Also, I would love to hear your findings on how the violence in videogames issue is over there. Not only from a censorship standpoint and where the communist party stands on that, but from a social standpoint as well, what the general population thinks about it or if it’s even a talked about subject at all like it is over here.

    Lastly, I would love to hear anything you learn about the indie developing community over there, and be sure to share any cool findings ^_^

  • Sure, I will look into each of these areas. I will be talking a lot about indie games in the near future as I have been sampling some fantastic titles and will likely continue this while I am over there.

  • Awesome man ^_^ I really hope you have a great time, and keep up the excellent blogging.