Shanghai's online game association vowed to improve self-discipline and practice the core socialist values to enhance the quality and cultural values of online games, a move that experts said would benefit young people.
To promote the development of online games, maintain a healthy environment for the market and implement the requirements of authorities to upgrade the industry, the Shanghai Online Game Association held a summit under the guidance of the Shanghai culture watchdog on Monday, people.com.cn reported.
The association also vowed to upgrade the online game industry by practicing core socialist values, enhance the quality and cultural values of online games, to provide a clean game environment and enhance social responsibility to protect the young people's mental and physical health.
"The core socialist values are derived from the best Chinese traditional values, and putting them into the games benefits gamers, especially young people," Qin An, head of the Beijing-based Institute of China Cyberspace Strategy, told the Global Times on Tuesday.
"The combination of core values and games can help gamers with the right values in life, which they could learn while enjoying the games," Kong Xinyue, a staff member of the online game association, told the Global Times on Tuesday.
"Online gaming is rapidly developing but also triggering negative public opinion due to its impact on young people. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has started upgrading the industry," Wang Wei, deputy director of the administration, was quoted by people.com.cn as saying.
Qin said intelligence and good methods are required to integrate the core socialist values into the games' storylines. This work "requires support from the government as well as professionals in this field," Qin said.
In November, Wildness Action, the mobile game known as the Chinese imitation of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, replaced violent elements with red banners and slogans such as "safeguard national security, safeguard world peace" in the game.