In South Korea, some politicians (certainly not all) seem to have it out for gaming. These politicians want video games in the same category as alcohol and even illegal drugs.
According to the Ministry of Welfare, four major categories of addiction where medical treatment is needed are 2.18 million alcoholics, 0.47 million internet gamers, 0.59 million gamblers, and 0.09 million drug addicts. The sum of them accounts for 6.7 precent of the population which adds up to 3.33 million people. This country has to be be saved from the four major addictions. We have to understand the pain individuals and families of alcohol, drugs, gambling, and game addicts go through, heal them and provide them with a proper environment so we can save our society from these evils.
Hwang went on to call for strict regulations for game developers in South Korea. Obviously, the country's game industry doesn't seem too happy about this.
The addiction bill hasn't passed, but the country's conservative Saenuri party keeps pushing it. And since this is the majority party, things do not look good. The country's leader, President Park Geun-hye, is in the Saenuri party.
And in South Korea, there is a "Shutdown Law" that has made life difficult for gamers.