A ban restricting all South Korean gamers under 16 from playing online games between midnight and 6am is now in full affect. South Korea, boasting the fifth largest broadband penetration rate, is the first country to implement the controversial initiative under the Youth Protection Revision bill. The bill, variously known as …
Tuesday 29th November 2011 10:07 GMT NB
Tuesday 29th November 2011 10:07 GMT Gadget Rage is BAD
Surely its up to the parents..
to monitor kids playing games at that time of night?? i.e. Get to bed!! Aside from that XBox already has time limits etc for parents to use and I'm sure the PS3 has the same no? How exactly are they going to police it? Helicopter gunships hovering outside kids windows looking for the glow of a monitor?
Tuesday 29th November 2011 11:26 GMT Arnold Lieberman
As far as I recall, when I looked at it the xbox only allows you to limit total time per day, not the hours played. We have to take my son's xbox controllers away from him at 10pm, as the internet connection dies and his PC logs out automatically, but we can't have the xbox do the same.
That's the hard limit, there is a soft limit of 9.30 which he rarely complies with.
Wednesday 7th December 2011 13:20 GMT Anonymous Coward
"It’s regrettable how the government has branded game publishers as those with ill intentions"
May be that government is not that far off as usual.
The intention of the developers of 'World of Warcraft' is to make the gamer stay glued to the screen. They shall never want to stop playing. Same with drug dealers who want their customers to continue using their product. Only difference is that the effect of drugs is easier measured. but I bet that the negative effects reached a measurable level in South korea, so that is why the law was passed.