Localizing Games for South Korea – Video Game Age Ratings

It’s well known that South Koreans typically like to play video games. They have a thriving MMORPG industry and the media has picked up on several infamous cases in recent years where gaming addictions have led to unfortunate fatalities. With this latter point in mind, the country has stringent guidelines as to what type of content is suitable for different age groups.

The History

Originally video games in South Korea were rated by the Korea Media Rating Board (KMRB), which is responsible for rating different types of media in Korea, including movies, stage productions, and music. However, after they allegedly accepted a bribe to put Sea Story on the market, a video slot machine that had been hacked to deposit pay-outs above the legal limit, a new board was set up to deal exclusively with video games…

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