So, About Asian Countries and Gambling...
Posted 12/21/15
I've gotten in what is either Korean or Japanese MMO and I notice a fair amount of them imported has a gatchapon culture, ala RNG boxes paid for cash, gold, or work that rewards a random item. I also heard of pachinko parlor, the vending machines that hand out random items, and it got me thinking; What is Japan's, Korea's, and various other regions gambling culture, especially concerning youth?
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Posted 12/21/15
RNG items are fun but in all honestly doesn't concern me as I gambled In games with ingame cash before I was 18 it does nothing
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Posted 12/21/15
At least in Japan, all cash gambling is illegal, outside of the state-run lottery.

Pachinko is sort of the exception--but only sort of. It is played with small balls, and the machines payout in more balls. When you are done for the night, you take all your remaining balls and trade them in for prizes. Prizes could be anything from cigarette lighters to electronics to vacations, depending on the parlor, the specials of the night, what prize(s) you choose, and how many balls you have to hand in. Of course, usually there are nearby stores that will allow you to "sell back" your prizes for cash--a tolerated, but quasi-legal practice, apparently. The minimum age to play is 18, technically, but apparently like many establishments with seedy reputations, they also are known for not being good about checking IDs. (And yes, panchiko parlors have seedy reputations, for the most part.)

Otherwise, raffles are reasonably common in Japan as marketing tools, but those pay out in prizes--not unlike charity raffles here in the US.
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