Game Rating Board

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Game Rating Board
Hangul 게임물등급위원회
Hanja 게임
Revised Romanization Geimmul Deunggeup Wiwonhoe
McCune–Reischauer Keimmul Tŭnggŭp Wiwŏnhoe

The Game Rating Board (게임물등급위원회 Geimmul Deung-Geub-Wiwonhoe) (GRB) is the South Korean video game content rating board. A governmental organization, the GRB rates video games to inform customers of the nature of game contents.

Initially, the Korea Media Rating Board, a governmental organization, rated video games just like other entertainment media. However, a controversy occurred because the Korea Media Rating Board rated a gambling game called Sea Story as if it were suitable for everyone, allegedly due to a bribe. The Korean government got through the controversy by creating the GRB in 2006; it is now the only rating organization for video games.


Four rating used by GRB:

ALL All: Games that everyone can play.
12 12-year +: Games that children under the age of 12 cannot play unless accompanied by an adult.
15 15-year +: Games that children and teenagers under the age of 15 cannot play unless accompanied by an adult.
18 Teenager and children restricted: Games that teenagers and children (under 18) cannot play.

Most video games can be of any rating, though only 'All' and 'Teenager restricted' are permitted for arcade games.

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The descriptors are:

  • Sexuality
  • Violence
  • Fear/horror/threatening
  • Gambling (betting)
  • Alcohol, tobacco, drug
  • Language
  • Crime, anti-social or anti-governmental messages

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