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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

You have entered unhealthy game time

Check this out — yesterday, China introduced a system designed to fight online game addiction. The Financial Times reports that internet service providers have signed a contract created by China's "press and publications administration." The anti-addiction system kicks in after 3 hours of gaming. Then players start to experience a decline in the in-game benefits they accrue.

Says the FT: After five hours online, players will be subjected every 15 minutes to the warning: “You have entered unhealthy game time, please go offline immediately to rest. If you do not your health will be damaged and the benefits you can win will be cut to zero.“

Good thing they didn't have that system when I was fiddling around in my basement with my old Commodore 64.

Has anyone else noticed that there's a new video gaming lounge opening up on Church St.?

August 24, 2005 at 09:30 AM in House Rules | Permalink


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The Algebars website is lacking... I don't know... something.

Posted by: Bill Simmon | Aug 24, 2005 12:55:01 PM

Yeah, they haven't opened yet as far as I know. I bet they just wanted to get the site up before somebody else took it.

Posted by: cresmer | Aug 24, 2005 2:22:35 PM

Didn't they try that once before, in the space where Fremeau jewlers is now? I seem to remember a game lounge being there for about 5 minutes around 10 years ago.

Posted by: Ben | Aug 25, 2005 10:23:44 AM

Not sure. Does anyone think this business is viable? A 7D ad rep visited and said it was pretty nice inside, lots of gleaming equipment, and a terrific view. Will that be enough? I wonder...

Posted by: cresmer | Aug 25, 2005 10:36:00 AM

Algebar's is wonderful inside. I don't even play videogames that much but I'll go there anyway since it's got full internet/office capability. I don't know how they are going to survive with their rates this low, but I hope to God that they do.

Posted by: Will | Sep 12, 2005 12:40:15 AM

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