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History of piracy in China

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A few days ago I talked to an US friend Jeff about the history of piracy in China, so I wrote this article. I would like to show the era of piracy of video games and computer software that I saw, from about 1990 to the present.



1990-1995 China's folk computer technology originated around 1990. Before that era, the most pirated was NES (the American version of Famicom). I went through the Atari 2600 period but I was too young. Now it is speculated that the 2600s are original because the market is too small.

Piracy of the NES has continued to today. Yes, you can still buy various NES copycats and games in China today.


Compared with the massive pirated NES, Genesis as the main competitor of NES, there are fewer pirated cartridge. Because Genesis's market share in China is too small.

These early pirated NESes all came from Taiwan, and were later copied immensely by China. Chinese parents are very reluctant to buy game consoles for their children, so during this period, some "…

An education my Dad gave me

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It was a childhood event that I would never forget, a big impact on me.

When I was about 12 years old, my family moved to the west of the city. There is a lot of land there, and each household has been allocated a small piece of land to grow various vegetables. Many Chinese people love to grow vegetables, right?
My family grows coriander, lettuce, carrot and spring onion.


Although I looked like a obedient kid, I was actually naughty. Once I with kids ran to other vegetable land, picked some eggplant and beans.
Almost all Chinese children did this kind of thing when they were young. Of course now I know this is not right. But at that time it seemed that everyone thought it was not a serious matter.
Why do I pick other's vegetables? I forgot what the reason was, but definitely not because of hunger or affordability. Because it's fun? maybe. Anyway, I picked some and put them in my clothes and took them home.

I went home and said to Dad, "Dad, look, we can cook eggplant and …

What I experienced during this COVID-19 epidemic

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Although there is a lot to write about the coronavirus, I just talk about what I have experienced and thought about during this COVID-19 epidemic.


1. News Sources Do not get news from Chinese Internet. China has always been very strict with information control, and it has become stricter in recent days. The latest speech censorship laws came into effect on March 1.
Several of my friends' WeChat or SNS accounts have been banned.
For a long time, I am almost silent on Chinese Internet.

Fortunately, I have always been freedom to access the Internet.

In mid-December 2019, I heard that patients were infected with unknown pneumonia. Several of my relatives who are doctors have confirmed this. I reminded my friends in Wuhan, the center city of the epidemic, and did not make it public. Because at the same time, eight doctors who published this information were cautioned by the police as rumors. State media also warned people not to talk about it.

Until December 31, 2019, the official ann…