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March 14th, 2005

Mobile Dating Sim

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Looks like Mobile Dating Sim has reached in China (via xinhuanet)

记者日前了解到,曾经在年轻人中风靡一时的饲养电子宠物的游戏如今已有了“升级版”——用手机养“虚拟情人”成了现在最流行的一种玩法。有专家指出,这类游戏的流行不仅会损害女性形象,让人将感情培养功利化,更严重的会影响游戏玩家的身心健康和人格发展。

Mobile Games like 口袋情人 [Pocket Lover] (typical Japanese dating Sim) and SMS Games like 宠物情人 [Pet Lover] is getting popular in China and experts are concern about the social effects of such games on youngsters.

These games don’t come cheap either – the virtual “lover” requires gifts which cost real money – US$0.50 to US$2 – beyond the monthly subscription fees. Wow, talks about ARPU :-)

February 26th, 2005

Web musician

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While many heard of Maria Schneider who produced the web-only album that won the Grammy, very few people (or at least outside the Chinese community) heard of 杨臣刚 (Yang Chen Gang).

Yang Chen Gang produced a web-only Chinese album called 老鼠爱大米1 (click here to listen) which is incredibly popular in China , thanks to 网络DJ (Web-DJ). In fact, he was just recently invited to (China) National TV, which is an incredible feat.

Don’t believe? Grab a friend from China and ask if he/she have heard of Yang Chen Gang. They would be very surprised that you know the name. [Or do a search on Baidu, the Google for China.]

I also learn yesterday that China Internet Users has grown to 94m (~10% of the world internet population) according to Mao Wei. I think I can trust Mao since he is the Executive Director of CNNIC who is responsible for collecting these statistics annually. That’s means there is a world of 94m chinese Internet users which the rest of the English-speaking Internet world have little knowledge and interaction with.

It’s like you have a 10% blackhole in your system.

1 The literal translation is “Mouse love Big Rice” which is very cute.