Editor’s note: A version of this post by Charles Liu first appeared on the Beijinger, a leading source of English-language lifestyle information on the city of Beijing.

China’s dismal video gaming culture continues to suffer as a new regulation, set to go into effect this Friday, will restrict the sale of imported video games on China’s biggest e-commerce platform, Taobao.

Starting March 10, the sale of foreign video games, books, DVDs, CDs, and cassette tapes (!) will be forbidden (in Chinese) on Taobao.

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