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1:00 AM on 04.04.2013

Jet Li says games can be as demanding as physical sports

Rigorous physical conditioning. Intense focus. Years of training and discipline to turn himself into a living weapon. Yeah, Jet Li is a textbook badass. But who could have expected that a man like him would offer such a ringi...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 03.05.2013

Chinese Wii U GamePad clone is better than the real thing

China made a knock-off a consumer electronics device? Whoa! Jane, get me off this crazy thing! In truth, it's not surprising that the Chinese copied the look and style of yet another gaming console or portable -- anyone up f...

Tony Ponce

3:15 PM on 02.20.2013

China gets a League of Legends restaurant

China is the land where dreams become a reality. Well, at least if you dream small and don't mind bootlegs. A couple of days ago, a League of Legends-themed restaurant opened its doors to the masses in Chongquing, China. ...

Fraser Brown

11:00 AM on 02.05.2013

Scott Pilgrim was made in a mere five months

The unfolding saga of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's second set of DLC is pure comedy. Over two years since the original DLC and still Ubisoft can't ship it out on time. Maybe if you hadn't stolen pixel art from Sonic Battle o...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 01.28.2013

Rumor: China might consider lifting ban on game consoles

For those of us so embedded in gaming and the surrounding culture, it can be difficult to imagine what a governmental ban on game consoles would look like in practice. Gamers living in China don't have to imagine, however -- ...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 11.12.2012

This Pikachu will give you nightmares

The most busted Pokemon ever were found earlier this month at China's Wenzhou International Animation Festival. This horrendous Pikachu and other Pokemon statues were displayed at the event as art, says Rocketnews24, along wi...

Dale North





7:30 PM on 11.01.2012

These Mario-themed 3DS XL designs for China look great

I didn't think I was one to normally get jealous about region-specific console designs, but there's no denying the appeal of these 3DS XL designs heading to China (via Tiny Cartridge). They'll be launching in December with Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 pre-installed, though it's not like that matters for the majority of us. For what it's worth, do you have a preference between the three?

Jordan Devore

9:30 PM on 10.08.2012

If Super Mario were a Chinese kung fu crime drama...

... it would probably look just like this. Girard Tecson of Dayside Productions wanted to make a Super Mario fan film in a style that hadn't been done before. Tapping the talents of the Team PTX fight choreography group, he ...

Tony Ponce

7:00 PM on 08.17.2012

These are the saddest photos you'll see all week

In the Shunqing District of Nanchong City, China, the police have confiscated around 1000 gambling machines and set them ablaze. I understand the need to crack down on illegal gambling, but couldn't the machines have been rep...

Tony Ponce

6:30 PM on 07.25.2012

Android device rips Vita design, has a stupid name

What would you name an Android-based tablet with game controls that rips the PlayStation Vita's design? Surely not "Droid X360," right?  This Android 4.0 little tablet in a Vita-like case has that silly name etched on th...

Dale North



Tencent and Activision bring Call of Duty Online to China photo
Tencent and Activision bring Call of Duty Online to China
by Dale North

A new agreement between Activision Blizzard and Chinese ISP Tencent will bring Call of Duty Online to Chinese gamers. COD Online has been in development for two years now, designed specifically for the Chinese market. When it's done it will bring free-to-play multiplayer action with weapon and character customization to tens of millions of players. An in-game store will let players enhance their gear and weapons, as well as nab perks created specifically for this market. 

Tencent, under a multi-year agreement with Activision Blizzard, will have an exclusive license to operate Call of Duty Online in mainland China. They'll make money from microtransactions, of course. 

"We are very excited about our relationship with Tencent and the opportunities for gaming in China," said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard.  "We think China is one of the most exciting places in the world for us to grow our business and to develop innovative new games."

The game's website is all smoky and teaser-y. The trailer, above, looks crazy.

If they do this right, Activision could rule the world with the money they'll make.

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10:15 AM on 06.19.2012

Chinese telco Tencent invests in Epic Games

Today it was announced that Chinese telecommunications and internet company Tencent Holdings has acquired a minority stake in Epic Games. This is being called a strategic investment. Epic will continue to work independently, ...

Dale North

1:00 PM on 12.29.2011

Man buys virtual sword for unreleased game, pays $16,000

A man in China has spent $16,000 buying a digital sword for a game that hasn't been released. Age of Wulin, an MMORPG from Snail Games, held an online auction ahead of release, selling subscription cards and in-game items whi...

Jim Sterling



Copyright infringement is alright with Angry Birds photo
Copyright infringement is alright with Angry Birds
by Brock Janikowski

Most companies go out of their way to protect their intellectual property. The scenarios, stories, and characters found in famous gaming titles are the lifeblood of many companies; allowing others to take their creative works can invite financial ruin.

Sometimes, though, a little copyright infringement might not be so bad. According to Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka, copyright infringement for Angry Birds products is running rampant in China ... and that's a good thing.

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9:00 PM on 10.02.2011

Chinese pirates help Unity expand

I can't imagine ever seeing a general consensus when it comes to software piracy. Consumers, developers, publishers and the media all approach the situation from different angles and have different motivations and investments...

Fraser Brown

12:45 PM on 09.29.2011

Fruit Ninja's sticky juice to splatter all over China

Man, there's just something about Fruit Ninja. Even the most jaded, weathered, hard core gamer can still find some time for this casual delight. Everyone loves this chart-topping Halfbrick mobile title! You're a cranky piece ...

Dale North