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.