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S. Korea: Gov't Announces Plan to Evaluate Online, Mobile Games
Source: world.kbs.co.kr
Source Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Focus: Health
Country: Korea (Republic of)
Created: Nov 06, 2012

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family says it will evaluate online and mobile games in line with the so-called "shutdown law” in an attempt to foster sound gaming habits among Korean youth.

The ministry will base its assessment on seven questions to determine if a game can trigger addiction. A list of 21 questions will also be used to identify problematic teen behavior resulting from online game playing.

All online and mobile games that can be played on cell phones, tablet computers and other devices will be evaluated. If the shutdown rule is deemed necessary for a game, it will be made unavailable to minors under age 16 from midnight on May 20th next year.

Some of the evaluation questions focus on a game's reward system, the division of roles among players, and the addictive nature of its rules.

The Korea Association of Game Industry is protesting the ministry's measure, saying the government is automatically assuming that online games are harmful. It added the shutdown is unrealistic as industry factors are not being taken into consideration.
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