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StarCraft II AO in Korea

StarCraft II has earned an "Adults Only" rating in Korea, reports The Korea Times. The article concentrates on the likelihood that Blizzard will appeal this decision, but does not make it clear why the game review board decided the real-time strategy sequel is unsuited to youngsters. Thanks Kotaku.

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6. Re: StarCraft II AO in Korea Apr 17, 2010, 15:55 D_K_night
 
because the game is violent and bloody. look at how how those marines die. hahah no no, the reasons are easier to explain.

They don't want youngsters so addicted to the game that they can't concentrate on their studies. It's ok for ADULTS like Slayer~Boxer or established pro-gamers(who are adults) to play the game.

It won't stop kids from buying the game. It's just to *reduce* the number of kids who drop out of college, middle school, in the hopes of becoming the next Slayer~Boxer. Part of the issue comes from how revered these pro-gamers are, and how easy it SEEMS to took home more money in 1 day, that it takes your parents an entire year to earn.

Why waste all that time studying, only to graduate, get a low-paying job, when you could be spending those same hours practicing and doing something fun instead(like Starcraft2)? The Korean govt sees that mentality amongst youngsters - even though the starcraft industry(TV shows, tourneys, sponsorshops, etc) in Korea is enormous...it's not a viable young-term career for kids and the govt needs to get that message across.

And this is how they're gonna do it, raise the barrier to entry. Do I agree with it, of course not, but I do see the reasons for it.
 
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