Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Television wants to ban gaming bots which gather resources in gaming, as well as the ability for players to trade and farm virtual items.
According to the MCST, the gaming curfews it has enforced aren’t enough to keep teenagers from what it feels is wasting too much time in games when they can be studying. Therefore the measure is set to cull some of the time it feels is wasted running around gathering items.
“The main purpose of the games is for entertainment and should be used for academic and other good purposes,” said Kim Kap-soo, head of the ministry’s content policy division to the Korean Times, via GI International.
The law would prohibit any programs where characters can gather items automatically, without the player present – which by itself is a positive step.
According to the ministry, over 50% of items exchanged on virtual markets were obtained via bots or similar programs and the ministry believes such actions boost, among other undesirable traits and actions, teenage crime.