China Lifts Ban on Con­soles

Starburst Magazine - - Pixel Juice -

For about 15 years, it has been im­pos­si­ble to buy a videogame con­sole in China, as they were made illegal due to the Min­istry of Cul­ture fear­ing they would have a neg­a­tive im­pact on chil­dren.

The wheels were put in mo­tion to over­turn the ban a cou­ple of years ago and it is now fi­nally of­fi­cial – con­soles can go on sale in China.

Sony, Nintendo and Mi­crosoft are likely go­ing to be jump­ing at the chance to ex­pand into such an enor­mous mar­ket, so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see who comes out on top. Mi­crosoft tends to not do well in Asian mar­kets, but it is pos­si­ble that the past re­la­tion­ship be­tween China and Ja­pan could lead to po­ten­tial gamers lean­ing to­wards Mi­crosoft’s prod­ucts in­stead. The fifth game in the Halo tril­ogy (huh?), Halo 5 will bring Spar­tan Locke into the fray to share top billing with Master Chief. Re­gard­less of whether or not you feel the se­ries is get­ting a lit­tle bit stale these days, the Halo games can still be re­lied upon for some de­cent shoot­ing ac­tion, plus the ex­panded mythol­ogy is worth get­ting into for fans of that sort of thing. This is a big one for Mi­crosoft though, as Xbox’s killer fran­chise is aim­ing to set its stall out and win back some dis­il­lu­sioned fans.

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