Thursday, January 2, 2014

South Korea's take on online gaming

South Korea is considering on passing a law that categorizes gaming as an antisocial addiction like gambling, drugs, and alcohol. In 2011, an annual study showed that 2% of South Koreans aged 10-19 were either at risk of addiction, or needed treatment for excessive gaming. The government is aiming for a society where everyone is clean from the four addictions. Their solutions are to limit advertising and to take 1% of the gaming industry's revenue to use against gaming addiction. However, many believe that the government's view on gaming is extreme. They argue that gaming is not as harmful as drugs, alcohol, and gaming and claim that those who game tend to behave differently from those who use. Also, there are some who believe that the factors leading into gaming addiction should be looked at such as the competition in education. For the full story, click here.


  1. I thought games tend to help relieve stress. I didn't think people would get addicted to them like drugs and alcohol. This is a sad, sad world :(.

  2. Interesting...especially since it seems that S.Korea is not moving to ban gaming in any way but to tax it to deal with what supporters there say are the societal ills associated with what they believe to be gaming addiction. Good post.

  3. Yes gaming is not harmful and so as gambling. For me, they are just for entertainment purposes.