College Station (Texas): In an effort to curtail how much time young people spend playing video games, China has banned students from playing them during the school week and limits them to just one hour per day on Fridays, weekends and holidays. The new rule took effect Sept 1, 2021. From my standpoint as a video game designer and scholar who specialises in game-based learning, I don’t see a need to limit video game play among students during the school week. Instead, I see a need to expand it — and to do so during the regular school day.
Video games are one of the most popular mediums of our times. One estimate shows that by 2025, the global gaming market will amount to USD 268.8 billion annually — significantly higher than the USD 178 billion it is in 2021. The money spent on gaming does not just facilitate a