The recent explosion of anime themed gacha games on mobile has led to an increasing level of sexualization of characters on mobile. As it turns out, government agencies have paid a lot of attention to gacha character designs and they are far from happy.
The Korean government classifies gacha games as adult titles
Via Korean website EBN, Korea’s National Audit of the Culture, Sports and Tourism Commission has focused on gacha games. Targeting Nexon’s Blue Archive and NetMarble’s Fate Grand Order, more restrictions will be placed on sexual character designs.
Previously, these titles were rated for “15-year-old users”. However, thanks to changes in government, the games are now rated “not available for youngsters”. This means players must be 19 years old to play.
The change in the classification has caused some unrest in the region of Korea. Underage video game fans have expressed anger at being unable to play games they’ve been playing for years.
“Users are not convinced by the array of classification processes, from the rating regulations to the follow-up management and monitoring system,” said Rep. Lee Sang-heon.
However, Chairman Kim Gyu-cheol simply explained: “(Game ratings) are sometimes raised or lowered, but please understand that this is a unique situation.”
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Many fans of gacha games are more than happy to see their characters dressed in a collection of sparse outfits. While games like Blue Archive have some sexualized characters, other gachas have much more lewd designs.
With this in mind, it’s surprising to see these particular titles hit by these new ratings. When other gachas like Unhappy Raccoon or Girls Connect, the cast can be much more exposed. Still, those games are seemingly untouched.
The Korean administration probably uses these games as examples. With more sexualized characters becoming the norm, these games will be the foundation on which others will be judged.