China Ends Video Game Ban

China's Ministry of Culture released a statement Saturday lifting a 15-year ban on video game consoles in the country. Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft among others will now be able to manufacture and sell consoles and games throughout the country. In 2000, video games were banned due to concerns about their potential negative effects on the physical and mental wellbeing of children. China created a free trade zone in Shanghai last year that allowed console-makers to work within an 11-mile area.