The Ministry of Education,, Science, and Technology(MEST) seems to found an organization called ‘Healthy Game Review Committee(HGRC)’ which would be in charge of precensorship over games as a means to root out school bully.
The HGRC, which would be comprised of a group of non-gaming industry officials including school teachers and parents, seems to be in charge of reviewing Everyone, Teen(12+), and Mature(15+) games in order to once again classify them according to violence, nudity, etc. Yet whether its result would restrict the actual game release is not known. Full details on the committee will be introduced on February 6.
The ministry’s such action, however, collides with the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism(MCST)’s will to transfer the deliberation to a private organization which is scheduled to be launched this July. If they push forward with it, an unprecedented double rating would come true following the triple regulation.
“The MEST is messing up the effort of the MCST’s transfer of the game rating system to the private. I have no idea why the government is so obsessed with suppressing the game industry with the double censorship and the triple regulation in such situation that most of precensorship over the cultural content have gradually been removed today,” said an unnamed industry official. “There is a rumor that the MEST is also plotting a measure to set up a fund from the game industry. If the regulation and the precensorship from the MEST are for the future fund, they are definitely unacceptable.”