A mother in Shaanxi province recently determined the fate of her newborn daughter (and perhaps the world) by naming her child after China’s most popular mobile game.
On Monday, little “King of Glory” (王者荣耀) was registered in Xi’an, taking her name from the ultra-popular and ultra-addictive game which boasts more than 80 million daily players, presumably including the child’s mom.
A police officer said that while the mother’s name choice might be a bit unusual, he could not reject it. According to Chinese law, names have to be between two and six characters and can not have any “inappropriate implications.”
Though it does seem that a case could be made for the name being “inappropriate” in China. In July, the People’s Daily published an article calling King of Glory, which is also translated as Honor of Kings, a “poison” for China’s youth due to its extremely addictive nature, causing its maker, internet giant Tencent, to begin limiting daily playing times for its younger users in order to “ensure children’s healthy development.”
The following month, the People’s Liberation Army Daily cast the game as a threat to China’s very national security, warning that King of Glory addiction could cause troops to lose focus out on the battlefield. “The game requires constant attention but a soldier’s job is full of uncertainty. Once a soldier is cut off from the game for an urgent mission, he could be absent-minded during the operation if his mind remains on the game,” the paper wrote.
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