The Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology(MEST) proclaimed that games are one of causes of school violence yesterday, introducing a Cooling-off system and a private fund raised by the game industry.
The Cooling-off system is a system that would automatically kick those who play the game for two hours out of the game and permit them only one more re-login per a day after 10 minutes of rest. So the minors are permitted playing the games for only four hours a day at the most.
The MEST also asked complement in game rating system so as to strengthen the rating for minors, demanding stricter rating standards on the games and more experts in education and youth in the rating committee. In cooperation with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family(MGEF), it would also quarterly implement investigations over the games in order to reflect the result to later deliberation. In other words, it is even planning a post-censorship.
Here’s more. The MEST is considering a policy similar to the 1% game tax of the MGEF, giving the industry an opportunity to take social responsibility on the game addiction by expanding and legalizing the private fund. “We must protect the minors from the harmful factors such as the game and internet addiction. In an educational point of view, we had not put our effort enough to control the rating, regulation, and harmful causes. Therefore we will improve the system and redouble the preventive, healing actions in order to deter the school violence and harming mental health due to the cruelty of the game and internet,” said the MEST.
The Cooling-off system would not be enforced immediately for now, but the game industry is resisting against the system strongly as the triple regulation-the forcible Shutdown system, the selective Shutdown system, and the Cooling-off system, seems to be coming true.
They are pointing out that the government is proposing the system without giving any reasonable or scientific ground that the games are a root of the school violence.
The most controversial one is the expansion and legalization of the private fund raised by the game industry. The industry views it as the ministry’s plot to impose its short of budget on the industry.