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PostSubject: 'Cooling Off System' and blocking minors from betas, this week in Korean news    Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:26 am





[Gamasutra rounds up the week's biggest reports on South Korea's booming online games market from This Is Game, the leading English-language site about the country's game industry.]

In our latest round-up of news from South Korea's online games space, we
look at a proposed new bill that would prohibit minors from playing
online games for more than four hours a day, or from playing game betas.

MEST proposes "Cooling Off System" bill, game tax

The South Korean government's Ministry of Education, Science, and
Technology has proposed a bill for its "Cooling Off System," which is
designed to limit how long minors play online games, and to prevent
online game addictions.

With the Cooling Off System, children under the age of 18 would be
automatically logged off an online game after they've played two hours
in a day. They will be able to log back in 10 minutes later, but they
can only play a total of four hours in a single day.

Furthermore, the bill seeks to prevent minors from taking part in any
closed or public beta tests for games, regardless of the game's rating.
Companies failing to enforce these rule could face up to $24,000 in
fines and up to three years of jailtime.

MEST is also considering a law that would apply an extra 1 percent tax
to games, which will collect money for a private fund that would pay for
treating online game addiction, as well as preventing school violence
allegedly resulting from exposure to games.

Opponents of the tax argue there is no evidence that violence in games
cause school violence. And some in the game industry have criticized
MEST's bill for adding yet another regulation for online games to the
existing Shutdown and Selective Shutdown laws.

President also planning measures to fight online game addiction

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has voiced his support for MGEF's
online game regulations, and declared at a meeting discussing violence
in schools last week, "[I am] drawing up a plan to stop game addiction
as a part of anti-school violence measures."

And at separate trade meeting in the same week, the President commented,
"Games have a [corrupt] side. The game industry needs to try developing
games that feature beautiful stories to purify young gamers in terms of
social contribution."

Myung-bak also mentioned concerns about random items in games
possibly constituting as gambling, that regulations could be put in
place if they become a problem. "Operating a casino might attract lots
of tourists, but we donít do so because it also destroys families," he
said.

MEST seeks to block minors from playing beta tests

Developer and Hangame portal operator NHN will begin beta testing for Winning Eleven Online, a free-to-play online version of popular soccer series Winning Eleven (or Pro Evolution Soccer in the West), in the second quarter of this year.

NHN, which co-developed the title with Konami, intends to follow the
private beta with open testing and a launch sometime during the second
half of 2012. Both companies previously said they may bring Winning Eleven Online to other countries if the launch is a success.

NHN also intends to begin closed beta testing for first-person shooter Metro Conflict next quarter. The company expects Winning Eleven Online, Metro Conflict, and Bluehole Studio's TERA to drive its sales in the second half of 2012.

[This story was written with permission using material from ThisIsGame Global, the leading English-language site about the South Korean game industry.]

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PostSubject: Re: 'Cooling Off System' and blocking minors from betas, this week in Korean news    Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:29 am

@Shu wrote:

And at separate trade meeting in the same week, the President commented,
"Games have a [corrupt] side. The game industry needs to try developing
games that feature beautiful stories to purify young gamers in terms of
social contribution."
I see... So he wants people to play a game where u start as a novice then at lvl 10 u get to choose your class between Police agent, School teacher or Doctor... And what's that crap about "purifying gamers"? Are we "impure"? pissed
If that shit was happening here I would walk all the way to the Capital City just to punch that bastard in the face pow2
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PostSubject: Re: 'Cooling Off System' and blocking minors from betas, this week in Korean news    Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:29 pm

i really did not have the slightest clue how insane Korean online gaming really was over there until i watched one of those "History of gaming" machinima videos about the history of the MMO. Those gamers over there are off the hook.

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