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On Chinese Internet Cafes, MMORPGs, World Of Warcraft

simoniker posted more than 9 years ago | from the how-much-money? dept.

Role Playing (Games) 18

Thanks to Always On Network for its analysis of China's MMORPG-hungry Internet cafe denizens. According to the piece: "Pacific Epoch estimates that of the U.S. $2 billion-plus that online gaming will generate in China this year, about $1.2 billion will flow through internet cafe coffers." However, since "China is growing so fast and its citizens are becoming wealthier", changes are in motion: "One internet cafe owner explained that SARS prompted a large number of newly wealthy Chinese to go out and buy computers... [and many] don't play games at the internet cafes anymore because they can now do so in the comfort of their own homes." Blizzard's ravenously-awaited World Of Warcraft is now hoped to revitalize the Chinese online gaming scene: "Although never officially announced, [Chinese online company] The9 is rumored to have paid up to U.S. $12 million for the right to operate WoW in China."

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First post mentioning jews (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10031356)

Actually, before I mention Jews, I want to give a shout out to Simoniker. He is the best slashdot editor, and arguably the ONLY good editor.

But you know who else kicks ass? Jews. They're smart.

Evil (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10031409)

Some of them chinese mmorpg players are just plain evil.
Ever play lineage 2 on the North American servers?
Mean folks

Re:Evil (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10032827)

and you are just the evil adena buyer that supports their business like thousands of other american players.

Re:Evil (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10032866)

I totally agree. 2 Things ruined lineage2 for me: an increadibly boring level grind coupled with the most basic AI ive ever seen. The second is all the chinese. All they do is farm gold to sell it back to us on ebay, and they will use whatever tactics avaliable to them. Ive had chinese follow me around for hours, trying to steal me kills individually. Ive had chinese dwarves follow my groups, spoiling all our monsters for items, which kept our own groups dwarves from doing the same. I could go on and on, but anyone whos played the game knows how bad it is.
I dont know why NCSoft doesnt ban them from the US servers like ALL THE US PLAYERS ASKED FOR!!!! When i was playing the japanese L2 beta, and the japs got fed up with dealing with all the US players, NCSoft banned all US IPs like nothing....why dont they do that here? ohh yea....money.....

I hope the chinese not only play WoW in humungous droves, i hope they play on US servers and ruin the game like they did L2. Eventually MMORPG companies will get a f-ing clue and ban their selfish greedy asses from ruining our game. (why dont all these chinese go play the CHINESE VERSION OF L2???? thats why they made it!!!!! ohh yeah, not gonna make much cash on ebay selling play money to other poor ass chinese mainlanders)

Ive seen pictures of the "companies" that employ the chinese money/ebay farmers, and its a sad sight. 160 chinese packing into a 20'X30' room all playing L2 side by side; and they arnt playing for fun. i doubt thats how any game developers envisoined their game being played...

If you wanna stop the problem.... (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 9 years ago | (#10046277)

Fight Fire with Fire.

Spread anti-communist propaganda through the use of chat scripts. That way the chinese government will ban their connections, problem solved.!

prices (2)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 9 years ago | (#10031490)

but how much will China censor it or bump the price up?

Re:prices (2)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10031517)

my guess? the price will be cheaper.

you know, market discrimination... they're wealthy sure, but to hit the market at maximum they would probably need to put the price down a bit if they're wishing to hit people who would play from cafe's(for people who don't own a computer that is).

Re:prices (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10031634)

The price will be WAAAY cheaper, speaking from experience. (I live in China)

Legit copies of games in China are dirt cheap by US standards. You take the price in US$ and divide it by 4-8 and you'll be looking at the average price of a game in China.
(e.g a game that costs US$50 in the US will be US$12.50-6.25 in China)

Of course, the game will be in Chinese.

It provides less incentive for people to buy the pirated copies.

My guess is that the MMORPG subscription fees will fall accordingly.

As for censorship? They didn't censor Warcraft III, why do it with this?

Re:prices (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 9 years ago | (#10032490)

They will do it for the same reason they level churches they don't link.

Because they can and it reminds their subjects that they are incharge.

freedom is gaming (1)

Lu Xun (615093) | more than 9 years ago | (#10031544)

I wonder how much of this new found computer use will be put toward free expression, and how much will be beating on weakling monsters somewhere on a level treadmill. Will games provide a way to get around China's internet firewall? The rise of home-use computers will at least make the process of monitoring more difficult, even though the survelliance cameras in webcafes are given little notice by the staff anyway.

my guess is price will be about the same (2)

jbellis (142590) | more than 9 years ago | (#10031703)

those who can afford their own computers can afford the normal subscription fee; the majority will play from internet cafes which always pay more for a license to resell, as it were.

GOOD! (3, Informative)

Cutriss (262920) | more than 9 years ago | (#10034041)

I can't WAIT for World Of Warcraft to come out in China. I'm no racist, but I'm absolutely sick of the Chinese players farming for money to sell on the web [ige.com] that are plaguing Final Fantasy XI right now. I hope they decide to move on to bigger and better things and leave our servers alone.

Re:GOOD! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10040198)

Er, it's mostly the Japanese playing FFXI.

Re:GOOD! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10102124)

Bzzt. Wrong answer. They're speaking Mandarin. I've partied with a couple of them before.

We can only hope Blizzard gets a clue (3, Informative)

vehn23 (684035) | more than 9 years ago | (#10035310)

I have played many bnet games and am now in the WOW beta. All I can say is if Blizzard has the kind of CS policies that have plagued their other games WOW will be an unmitigated disaster. Of course the standard arguement is since players will be paying a monthly fee for WOW, you won't see the utter lack of interest and bug fixing/patching that Blizzard has shown on their free bnet titles like Diablo 2 - but all we can go on is their past performance. Right now I'm not holding my breath. They need to a) ban ebay sales immediately and threaten account removal for them, and b) make and enforce area-specific servers. No asians on NA servers, and vice versa. I really hope this all works out as the game itself is terrific.

Re:We can only hope Blizzard gets a clue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10036920)

Uh, the same Diablo 2 that not long ago they released a major patch for? Years after it first came out. What the hell are you talking about? They've continued to bug-fix/patch LONG after a game comes out.

Re:We can only hope Blizzard gets a clue (1)

Moo Moo Cow of Death (778623) | more than 9 years ago | (#10043259)

How did this get modded informative??? This is the same bullshit whiney complaints that troll every other board in MMO existance.

Ban eBay sales? Yeah, that'll do a whole (ige.com) freaking (playerauctions.com) lot (irc, aim, make friends, etc.). Not to mention the fact that a couple MILLION dollars are made off eBay sales every year, soon to reach into the hundred million mark. Area specific servers? What for? Are you racist? Because that's the only reason I see for telling people they HAVE to play on one server or another. My friends in Japan/China can't play on my North American server? Why the fuck not? Why can't I play on theirs?

If anything, this post should've been modded "Moronic".

Re:We can only hope Blizzard gets a clue (1)

KeeperS (728100) | more than 8 years ago | (#10056864)

All I can say is if Blizzard has the kind of CS policies that have plagued their other games WOW will be an unmitigated disaster. Of course the standard arguement is since players will be paying a monthly fee for WOW, you won't see the utter lack of interest and bug fixing/patching that Blizzard has shown on their free bnet titles like Diablo 2 - but all we can go on is their past performance. Right now I'm not holding my breath.

Utter lack of interest in patching? Blizzard? Are we talking about the same Blizzard here? A major patch was recently released for Diablo 2, a game that's over three years old. Warcraft 3 is still constantly being worked on... there's a new patch in beta as we speak. Even their older games like Starcraft and the first Diablo have had many patches in their time. Judging only by their past performance, I'd say that WoW will have a lot of updates.

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