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Chinese Upset Over WoW Ban; Google Leaving, OK

The Associated Press reports that China consumers are unfazed by a possible Google exit. In fact, the search giant's threat to pull out of China over censorship has drawn virtually no reaction from the people. The AP even quoted one web surfer, saying that if Google actually does leave China, then the country will have only “lost one search engine.”

Unlike World of Warcraft, the Chinese consumer rights agency hasn't seen a flood of complaints in regards to the search engine giant. However, tens of thousands were received the day Blizzard's MMORPG was taken offline last year. Many believe that search engine Baidu is enough for locals, others say that another search engine will come in and fill the gap left behind by Google.

But even if Google refuses to bow down to censorship, Google-related sites will remain blocked by the Great Firewall of China. Many Chinese consumers won't care--others will seek ways to scale that wall and access Google's content much like they did when World of Warcraft was hosted by Taiwanese servers (although the game was sold by Chinese retailers).

Last month, Softpedia reported that World of Warcraft may actually come back to China. NetEase, the company that provided the servers and subscription-based service, was forced to discontinue the MMORPG based on a ruling by China's General Administration of Press and Publications and the Ministry of Culture. NetEase must pay China a "gigantic fine" in order to re-launch the online PC game.