I’m sure not all gamers are aware of this, even some of the hardcore ones, but China implemented a sweeping ban on consoles way back in 2000, citing the potential harm they could do to a developing mind. Now, after 12 years of no new consoles, Chinese authorities are considering lifting the console ban.

Well, there is the iQue, a system created by Nintendo and a Chinese-American scientist. It’s an emulator system that can play 14 Nintendo 64 games and was released in 2003 in an effort to stop piracy in the region. Nothing beyond that — no PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, etc — has been legally available.

Now it all comes down to politics. According to the source, who claims to be a member of the Ministry of Culture, all seven ministries who enacted the ban in 2000 would have to unanimously agree to lift it. That may sound like a longshot, but at least the discussion is taking place.

via Blistered Thumbs

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