South Korea has decided to slap the dreaded AO rating on Starcraft II, a real-time strategy game involving two species of aliens and human marines.
According to Kotaku:
According to a report from The Korea Times, the ratings board has been getting tougher on depictions of violence, foul language and drug use. (I guess Stim Packs count?)
… Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism—of which the Games Rating Board is part—recently imposed restrictions on play time for underage players of online PC games, though not necessarily StarCraft.
Blizzard has 30 days to appeal the decision – of course, considering the rabid fervor with which Starcraft is honored in South Korea, they could just accept the rating and watch as millions of Koreans put serious political pressure on their governmental representatives as Australia did with Michael Atkinson.
The original Starcraft was rated Age 12 and up in South Korea.