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China Allows Release of WoW: Burning Crusade

February 15, 2010

Well, I’m finally back at home and to my regular schedule after a restful and romantic long weekend away. Not only was this past Sunday Valentine’s Day, it was also Chinese New Year for me and a large portion of the world’s population. No red packets and firecrackers for me this year though (aw, fiddlesticks…), but I was glad to see that Chinese gamers have something to celebrate so soon into the Year of the Tiger. A few days ago, it was announced that the China-based IT company NetEase finally has approval to release World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade in China.

While this news doesn’t affect me directly in any way, I was still damn happy to hear about this. I spent a handful of years as a child growing up as an expatriate in China. Up until a couple years ago, my parents were still working in Beijing, so I took some time off from school to visit them at their house. The local tech guy they hired to come over to set up internet on my laptop just about freaked when he saw the WoW icon on my desktop. We spent some time looking at my then level 70 characters after he helped get my wireless connection established, and he told me how he was in the middle of leveling a rogue. It occurred to me then that WoW is a pretty big deal over there. Hell, they even have a WoW-themed restaurant. When it comes down to it, they’re just gamers trying to enjoy their favorite MMO, not much different from you or me. China’s suspension of the game and the ensuing conflict between the General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP) and the Minostry of Culture (MoC) must have been frustrating for a lot of people.

But all that was merely a set back! Now that they’re finally catching up over there, hopefully Wrath of the Lich King won’t be too far behind. Hang in there, my gamer friends in Beijing and Shanghai!