April 13, 2010

Korea Imposes Online Curfew For Online Games

Korea has intro­duced a pair of poli­cies that will impose a cur­few on online games.  The cur­few has been put in place to help curb the ris­ing num­ber of online game addic­tions plaug­ing the nations youth.  The Korea Her­ald says “In what’s being tout­ed as the “night­time shut­down,” the Min­istry of Cul­ture, Sports and Tourism hopes the new mea­sures they have imple­ment­ed will help erad­i­cate video game addic­tion among teenagers.”
Anoth­er inter­est­ing part of this pol­i­cy is the “Slow­down” sys­tem.  This sys­tem mon­i­tors how long the youth has been online.  If the youth pass­es a cer­tain time lim­it then their band­width is dras­ti­cal­ly changed.  In essence lag­ging their con­nec­tion con­sid­er­ably to help con­vince them to get offline and take a break.
Gamers are cur­rent­ly being  giv­en three options for the six hour black-out peri­od –midnight‑6 a.m.,1–7 a.m., and 2–8 a.m.  Once the clock ticks Mid­night the users access to the game will be shut down and then resume at the end of the black­out.
This pol­i­cy is cur­rent­ly in test mode.  It does NOT include all online games but it does include sev­er­al of the more pop­u­lar titles with­in the coun­try which are  games like “Barameui Nara” “Maple Sto­ry,” and “Mabino­gi,” in the sec­ond half of this year — games which require users to spend long hours invest­ed in a vir­tu­al world.
While it may be true that youth spend to much time play­ing video games it may not nec­es­sar­i­ly be the gov­ern­ments right to pro­vide the restric­tions for them.  What do you guys think?  Is the Kore­an Gov­ern­ment over­step­ping it’s bounds?  The con­cept that some­thing like this could pass is a slight­ly dis­turb­ing.
You can read the full Kore­an Her­ald arti­cle here.


  1. DeathProof - April 13, 2010 3:16 pm

    Is this in North or South Korea? Theres a big dif­fer­ence.

  2. mr jinx - April 13, 2010 3:32 pm

    It’s South Korea. They have a very large gam­ing com­mu­ni­ty, most of which play Kore­an MMOs which are con­sid­ered very “grind” heavy and addic­tive. So they are shut­ting down the MMO servers. In North Korea on the oth­er hand, I would­n’t be sur­prised if most cit­i­zens did­n’t even have inter­net access, let alone play games.
    For­tu­nate­ly it is only affect­ing “Under­age” users. In my opin­ion how­ev­er this is some­thing that should be up to par­ents to decide. It’s sad the gov­ern­ment thinks they need to do this. If it pass­es, it could be the first in a long list of free­doms lost in South Korea.

  3. thsoundman - April 13, 2010 6:03 pm

    In a demo­c­ra­t­ic gov­ern­ment no less. The gov­ern­ment should have no author­i­ty in these sec­tors. While i may agree that peo­ple make ter­ri­ble choic­es with their chil­dren it defi­nate­ly does not fall under gov­ern­ment juris­dic­tion. At least I don’t think so. Once you start tak­ing media/civil lib­er­ties in the sake of “safetey” and “sta­bil­i­ty” and “order” it tends to be a slip­pery slope down a long and bloody path.

  4. vudu - April 13, 2010 6:51 pm

    Well I guess this is bet­ter than Aus­tralia, ban­ning most games out there.


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