For a country where the government plays such a limited role in everyday economic life, the government never ceases to amaze with its occasional spurts of totalitarian fervor.
To commemorate the recent mudslide disaster in Zhouqu / Gansu, today all online games are taking a holiday. Videos are also frowned upon, though apparently there opinions differ. (Youku no, Tudou yes). Nor are we limiting ourselves to virtual amusement – karaoke, amusement parks etc. – all closed. (No mention of the massage parlors though.) The State Council (国务院) has spoken. And yes, this even includes the Chinese version of Farmville (http://games.qq.com). I wonder if this means all the crops will wilt? Or is it perhaps just a trick to allow the neighbors from Zhongnanhai to pilfer them all?
P.S. Luckily eating is still OK – restaurants are still on white list.