In the latest decision by Department of Videogame Rating Board of Korea, they have expressed possible intention to block all Valve's Steam services from Korea due to the fact they have Korean language support yet both the service and games have not been rated or approved by the department.
As it stands right now in Korea, all electronic games including indy games, flash games, and games distributed on-line must be rated by the department, paying up to hundreds and thousands of dollars fee for the rating.
The department have set a precedent in the past with 'Tribe Wars', a free on-line web browser based game which refused to be rated by the department, so the department blocked the country's internet access to the website.
An insider from the department suggests, 'complete block is on the table, but are seeking alternate options.'
The department is likely expecting Steam to send all games in for approval, taking in thousands of dollars per game just for the process.
Korean communities, especially all FPS related websites are enraged with their keyboards, typing in massive amounts of exclamation marks, but are unlikely to amount to any meaningful action.
Also the department is currently enforcing an initiative which requires free homebrew games to be rated by the board as well.
In this article, a homebrew game making team was undergoing a development of an RPG game made with RPG-maker (RPG Tsukuru) when they recieved a cease-or-desist e-mail from the department unless they sent in their game for rating (as well as asking for a hefty amount of fee). The team eventually closed all their websites and ceased game development as it was too much burden on their pocket, rendering Korea's video game industry pretty much dead.
Last edit: 2010-09-04 02:30:08
O-ops United States. September 04 2010 02:23. Posts 2504
I'm not entirely sure what the DVRB's policy consists of. Why is the rating necessary? Are the fees just another way of accruing money for the government? And wouldn't the money spent to get the ratings be counteracted by the influx of Korean consumers? If that's the case, why is this even a matter of discussion?
I apologize for being a newb, but I'm pretty much at a loss here.
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PaRaBoWL United States. September 04 2010 02:25. Posts 73
why so much whining? rules are rules. follow 'em. you too, valve.
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dybydx Canada. September 04 2010 02:34. Posts 1764
This rating board wouldn't by any chance be run by the same dudes that run KeSPA?
It really seems like the computer gaming industry is being milked for all it's worth these days. I guess the non-gaming business community finally realised its popular appeal, and thus market potential. Shame.
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Terranist United States. September 04 2010 02:49. Posts 2308
But to play Devils advocate, don't you think that country's have a right not to be pushed around by foreign enterprise ?
Proper Language support is a fairly basic after all, especially if people are trying to get sub par translations through.
What they have is an overzealous rule on gaming classification and Steam is circumventing the law. These are generally not small games and they are generally not free, if there are fees to be paid, either pay them or GTFO.
(again Devils advocate, please don't hurt me !)
holy_war United States. September 04 2010 02:54. Posts 3517
Damn it, why does government have to have control video games like this. Australia already rapes gamers in the ass and now South Korea wants to prevent a great company like Valve from coming in? Woohoo, promote more shitty games like Sudden Attack and the numerous other Valve knockoffs in Korea.
Half United States. September 04 2010 02:57. Posts 2554
It has nothing to do with the general rule of governments fucking shit up anywhere you go.
Korea has had a long-standing problem corruption and greed in all branches of their governments. Throw in the fact that this regulation committee is probably more private than public would amplify the issue.
<= Korean, spent 7 years of childhood there.
broz0rs United States. September 04 2010 02:59. Posts 1863