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New S. Korean legislation groups games with alcohol and drugs

By Matthew Handrahan

New S. Korean legislation groups games with alcohol and drugs

Fri 03 May 2013 9:14am GMT / 5:14am EDT / 2:14am PDT

MP proposes bill that would give government control over production, distribution and marketing

A South Korean politician has proposed new legislation that would see online games regulated in the same way as drugs, alcohol and gambling.

According to a report from Inews24, translated by Kotaku, conservative MP Shin Eui-jin has placed games in the same category as drugs and alcohol on the grounds that all of them have addictive qualities.

The bill states that, "the governing body shall have the right to regulate manufacturing, distribution and sale of addictive substances and can also limit promotion of them as well."

The content of the bill is broadly in line with the previous administration's view of online gaming. At present, Shin Eui-Jin has the backing of 14 other representatives of the South Korean National Assembly.

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William Usher Assistant Editor, Cinema Blend

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It's sad but I actually agree wholeheartedly with their decision to regulate the gaming industry over there. The real-money auction house opened dangerous ground, moving obsessive-based loot grinding into loot gambling territory. We just don't need that kind of stuff becoming the norm, without proper insight and regulation from some form of intermediary.

Posted:3 years ago


Private Industry

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Not sure about regulate manufacturing, distribution and sale and can also limit promotion.

People can get addicted to games, but they can get addicted to anything. The only right the government should have on how a game is sold and promoted should come from the rating of the game and not by throwing gamea into the catagory of addictive substances. That idea sounds more like what north korea or china would do.

Posted:3 years ago


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