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South Korea Announces Daily MMO Blackouts For Youths

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the probably-just-making-more-time-for-starcraft dept.

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eldavojohn writes "GamePolitics reports that South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has announced two new policies that will force underage gamers to pick a six-hour block of time (midnight-6 AM,1-7 AM, or 2-8 AM) where they will not be able to play 19 online role-playing games. While it targets most popular MMORPGs, some popular games like Lineage were left off the list."

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Stupid (3, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823240)

A lot of kids just suddenly turned 18...

Re:Stupid (1)

iSzabo (1392353) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823354)

A lot of kids just suddenly turned 18...

Wait, what?

Re:Stupid (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823438)

I believe he is suggesting that players would modify their date of birth in their player profiles to say they are over 18 to circumvent the law.

Re:Stupid (2, Insightful)

Daengbo (523424) | more than 4 years ago | (#31826712)

Korea has an online ID law, so I don't think that would work. Real identities with real national ID numbers are used.

Re:Stupid (1)

skine (1524819) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823472)

It's like visiting an adult website.

They something like: "You must be 18 or older to enter. Are you over 18? [Yes] [No]"

A 14 year old boy can be 18 for five minutes (30 minutes on dial-up).

Re:Stupid (3, Informative)

compro01 (777531) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823612)

IIRC, registering for those online games in Korea requires your nation ID #, so that won't work.

Re:Stupid (2, Interesting)

zill (1690130) | more than 4 years ago | (#31825074)

1. Steal parent's/friend's/neighbor's ID #
2. Register new account
3. ???
4. Play until dead [bbc.co.uk]

Just look at how many drug related robberies happen every day; from what I've seen MMORPGs can be a lot more addictive than your average narcotic substance.

Re:Stupid (2, Interesting)

trytoguess (875793) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823644)

I rather doubt this will be possible. To sign up for pretty much anything online in Korea (with the exception of sites that cater to an international audience) you must enter your "resident registration number." [wikipedia.org] And like wikipedia so kindly tells us, the first six digits of that number is ones date of birth.

Re:Stupid (2, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823854)

I rather doubt this will be possible. To sign up for pretty much anything online in Korea (with the exception of sites that cater to an international audience) you must enter your "resident registration number." And like wikipedia so kindly tells us, the first six digits of that number is ones date of birth.

Yeah, because registration based on a number has worked so well in other countries and systems that impliment it...

Re:Stupid (1)

trytoguess (875793) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824750)

Can't comment on how how many people are truthful about their RRN, but my limited observation is that folks generally only considering doing that when they try to access socially awkward things like porn. The stiff penalties that exist doesn't exactly nurture lying either. In any case, you can't just switch the number attached to your account. One would have to open a whole new account, and I wonder how many are that desperately addicted...

Re:Stupid (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 4 years ago | (#31825444)

so the kids access porn and games via server or proxy in some other country. problem solved.

Re:Stupid (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#31826174)

So a lot of parents will suddenly take over their kids' accounts. Where's your problem?

Re:Stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31825972)

what's a yute?

Government bailout (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823248)

So, basically this will only increase their time spent playing non-listed games.

Re:Government bailout (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823274)

Lineage 2 is critical to national security, you wouldn't understand.

Re:Government bailout (4, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823338)

And those commie bastards in NK better not even think about trying a zerg rush...

Re:Government bailout (1)

trytoguess (875793) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823668)

Well... that else do you propose one do with a bunch of cheap disposable units?

Re:Government bailout (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31826596)

Micro them as bait?

Re:Government bailout (2, Insightful)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823508)

So, basically this will only increase their time spent playing non-listed games.

Yeah. Think of it as the Unpopular MMO Promotion Act. Encouraging a healthy ecosystem of MMOs, when smaller ones normally have trouble stealing enough subscribers from the big ones to stay afloat. That's it. That's the ticket.

I doubt that too (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 4 years ago | (#31825446)

I doubt that the goal is just to subsidize whoever might be behind. For example Lineage isn't all that small, actually. Even if they meant strictly Lineage 1, it would still have almost a million players in Korea, although it never got too popular outside Korea. That one game alone would pad a lot of that difference between 79% of the market (which they claim to throttle) and 100%. And honestly, much as WoW has 11 million total, I wouldn't be surprised if in Korea alone Lineage actually has more Korean players. So why is it _not_ on the list?

It seems to me more like a simple case of taking sides, than any coherent vision of how a healthy MMO ecosystem may look like.

Re:I doubt that too (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 4 years ago | (#31825916)

I doubt that the goal is just to subsidize whoever might be behind.

No kidding.

Registration Numbers? (1)

Knara (9377) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823262)

FTFA: "The Ministry will also target young gamers who use the registration numbers of their parents in order to circumnavigate such restrictions."

Anyone know what this refers to? Is it like an SSN or something?

Re:Registration Numbers? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823340)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_registration_number

Re:Registration Numbers? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823352)

It refers to the Korean residency registration number which all Korean citizens have. It's practically a requirement to sign up for any online site in Korea. It also has the handy effect of blocking any foreigner registration numbers from ever signing up for Korean services.

Then ditch the isolationist Koreans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823996)

It refers to the Korean residency registration number which all Korean citizens have. It's practically a requirement to sign up for any online site in Korea. It also has the handy effect of blocking any foreigner registration numbers from ever signing up for Korean services.

If the Korean's want to be isolationist, let them. And ditch them. Just hit the Japanese sites and let the Korean's whine about why they aren't as popular as the Japanese are.

Re:Then ditch the isolationist Koreans (1)

zill (1690130) | more than 4 years ago | (#31825090)

But I like Korean boobs more!

Re:Registration Numbers? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823386)

A couple of years ago, there was a big disaster with Lineage 2 (insanely popular in Korea) where a bunch of Korean Social Security Numbers for everyone who played the game got leaked. As a result (don't ask me how this makes sense), the Korean government demanded that every MMORPG operating in Korea take down identification (in the form of KSSNs for Korean citizens) for every player using their system. This is why it is insanely difficult for non-Koreans to get into Korean MMOs - usually, they either have to find a leaked KSSN and use that to register, or in some cases use a separate registration system that requires sending multiple forms of ID to the company operating the MMO and potentially having that ID looked at by the Korean government.

Re:Registration Numbers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823570)

There were also KSSN generators floating around the 'net for a while.

Great! (5, Funny)

Computer_kid (996105) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823268)

Now more kids are going to be on my lawn!

Re:Great! (1)

Antiocheian (859870) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823408)

Quite the opposite. Once kids get cut off their e-toys, guess where they are going to stroll...

Re:Great! (1)

McGiraf (196030) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823998)

you missed the w it seems

Re:Great! (1)

McNally (105243) | more than 4 years ago | (#31825126)

you missed the w it seems

You think he's expecting more kids on the guy's LAN?

Re:Great! (1)

McGiraf (196030) | more than 4 years ago | (#31825494)

nice one.

Freedom? (3, Interesting)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823304)

I'm not seeing it. It should be left to the Parents to decide what kids should be doing late at night, and I'd certainly prefer my kid be home during those hours, rather than outside getting into trouble.

IMHO.

Re:Freedom? (1)

djnforce9 (1481137) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823342)

I am guessing that the intention was to prevent children from staying up all night playing these games. However, as you said, parents themselves should really be enforcing these limitations automatically without any external intervention.

Re:Freedom? (4, Interesting)

Renraku (518261) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823368)

Because there's SO much to do in South Korea at night. This isn't about blocking MMOs, it's about trying to make sure that the kids have nothing better to do than go to sleep and get ready for school the next day. An appreciable number of young South Koreans play 10+ hours a day of MMOs and it will affect the next generations of the country.

However, this is the wrong way to go about fixing the problem. Perhaps they should make more things for young people to do at night, other than play MMOs?

Re:Freedom? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823540)

Like drinking and prostitutes? Texas street anyone?

Re:Freedom? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823584)

Sex? Don't know how that will get them to s

Re:Freedom? (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823590)

Well there should at least be an exception for Friday and Saturday nights. And you say there's nothing to do in S.Korea? Even in the middle of an Iowa cornfield kids can get themselves into trouble - I don't imagine it's any different over there. No games? The kids will go get drunk instead and screw the hot cheerleader.

Plus: The article says kids connections will be throttled after X number of hours. So a kid's having a long session on a Saturday and after hour 6 suddenly he's throttled to Dialup speeds? Ridiculous.

And why pick-on just games? Why not ban books too? Hell when I was a kid I used to read novels nonstop all day Saturday and Sunday. The horror. But I guess goofing-off with books is okay..... games are "scary" to adults and easy to demonize, even though games can be just as educational (problem solving, socializing, reading).

Re:Freedom? (2, Funny)

zarzu (1581721) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824072)

ah yes, all those kids playing mmorpgs instead of screwing the hot cheerleaders. haven't we all been there?

Re:Freedom? (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#31825814)

Sadly no.

Re:Freedom? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31825400)

I don't want to burst your bubble but most MMO's are not about problem solving and socializing AT ALL.

Re:Freedom? (4, Insightful)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823840)

it's about trying to make sure that the kids have nothing better to do than go to sleep and get ready for school the next day.

However, this is the wrong way to go about fixing the problem. Perhaps they should make more things for young people to do at night, other than play MMOs?

If the goal is to get the kids to go to sleep, how would providing more things to do besides MMOs help?

Re:Freedom? (1)

thehostiles (1659283) | more than 4 years ago | (#31825238)

I completely support this. Some days, I'd actually like to have a forced complete internet blackout so I could get off the internet and sleep.

Re:Freedom? (1)

chonglibloodsport (1270740) | more than 4 years ago | (#31825634)

Or how about starting school at 11am?

There's some pretty strong evidence that teenagers have a biological need to stay up late and sleep in.

Re:Freedom? (2, Insightful)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 4 years ago | (#31825884)

While I do not refute that there might be some evidence to support starting school at 11. I am not sure that a later start time for school would mean that kids would just stay up later than they already do.

Never been there, eh? (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823936)

Because there's SO much to do in South Korea at night.

I don't think you've been to South Korea, have you? Now, I must admit, I only spent two years in Seoul, but it seemed pretty cosmopolitan to me...

Re:Freedom? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31824090)

Yeah. Rich Asian countries are known for having absolutely no nightlife. News flash, retard: the Human Development Index of Korea is about as far behind the US as the US is behind Canada. There's plenty to do at night.

Re:Freedom? (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824098)

Because there's SO much to do in South Korea at night.

You might have mistaken South Korea for North Korea.

Re:Freedom? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31825928)

An easy mistake; this new law is more reminiscent of the latter than the former.

Re:Freedom? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823378)

I'm not seeing it. It should be left to the Parents to decide what kids should be doing late at night, and I'd certainly prefer my kid be home during those hours, rather than outside getting into trouble.

IMHO.

Yeah, but we're talking about gooks here. They'll eat your dog.

Re:Freedom? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823406)

I feel sorry for your kids that they have to grow up with a dad that thinks that the schlock that Alex Jones churns out on prisonplanet and infowars is real. They're going to need some serious therapy once they leave your house.

Re:Freedom? (4, Insightful)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823410)

I'm not seeing it. It should be left to the Parents to decide what kids should be doing late at night, and I'd certainly prefer my kid be home during those hours, rather than outside getting into trouble.

IMHO.

Excellent point, but you're probably off-target.

Currently:

1) Kid eats supper, logs into (MMO)
2) Hours roll by
3) Kid glances at clock, notices that it is 2 AM
4) Kid thinks 'meh', and keeps playing
5) Kid notices the clock says 4 AM
6) Kid elects to get three hours of sleep before school

Ideally under the law:

1) Kid eats supper, logs into (MMO)
2) Hours roll by
3) Kid glances at clock, notices that it is 1 AM
4) Kid is blacked out from the game
5) Kid whines about it on Facebook a while, then goes to bed

Your scenario:

1) Kid eats supper, logs into (MMO)
2) Hours roll by
3) Kid glances at clock, notices that it is 1 AM
4) Kid is blacked out from the game
5) Kid goes on a crime spree...

I think the ideal scenario is more likely, as these are the kids that are electing to stay up way too late to play an MMO, rather than are out raising hell. In short, I think this law would have little impact on the types of kids who are out and about at that time of night.

Re:Freedom? (1)

memnock (466995) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824096)

i'll get modded troll or something, but i actually slept when i was a teen. i wasn't up until all hours of the early morning during the week. even on weekends, i usually was asleep by 1a. but that was because i knew i could sleep in. i wasn't walking around like a zombie during the week. i guess some kids did, because they'd get on the bus with dark circles under their eyes. don't know when they went to sleep to get that. there is no reason for kids to do that due to sleep deprivation because of their hobbies or recreation. work or some kind responsibility causing some sleep loss, well that's a different story.

Re:Freedom? (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824180)

Actual Scenario:

1) Kid eats supper, logs into (MMO)
2) Hours roll by
3) Kid glances at clock, notices that it is 1 AM
4) Kid is blacked out from the game
5) Kid switches to game that is not on the list
6) Kid notices the clock says 4 AM
7) Kid elects to get three hours of sleep before school

What has been accomplished?

Re:Freedom? (1)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824362)

Other games now get an influx of players.

Hmm.. wonder if the people passing the law have any connection to games that are not on the list.

Re:Freedom? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31826110)

They're morons and fools if they don't, IMO. Always follow the money. The money will invariably lead you to the truth of the matter. :)

Re:Freedom? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#31826484)

Probably they are not, they're just pissed that it's so damn hard to find groups in the early morning hours when they got time to play.

Re:Freedom? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31824778)

Actual Scenario:

1) Kid eats supper, logs into (MMO)
2) Hours roll by
3) Kid glances at clock, notices that it is 1 AM
4) Kid is blacked out from the game
5) Kid switches to game that is not on the list
6) Kid notices the clock says 4 AM
7) Kid elects to get three hours of sleep before school

What has been accomplished?

That should be

1)Kid gets home, logs into MMO, downloads/installs update

2)Kid bring supper to PC.

3)Kid finds favorite MMO is down

4)Kid whines about it on facebook

5)Finally the game come back up, logs in, joins for a 2-hour raid

6)Kid looks at the clock, sees it's 1am and gets kicked off while still in his party

7)Kid elects to go on a crime spree!!!

Re:Freedom? (1)

PKFC (580410) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824430)

In short, I think this law would have little impact on the types of kids who are out and about at that time of night.

You're right about that part.. What I don't get is why enforce a curfew on a subset of youth? If you're going to try to straighten out youth, I would figure that you would want to target teens who would be more likely to commit crimes rather than a group that is less likely to do so.. To punish people for not committing a crime? Bad form imo..

Re:Freedom? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31826592)

I am still wondering where does profit fit in all this?

Re:Freedom? (1)

Grimbleton (1034446) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823412)

Parental involvement? Surely you jest.

Re:Freedom? (2, Insightful)

X-Dopple (213116) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823426)

Actually in South Korea it's more likely than not the kids will be studying at any number of academies until midnight. I doubt there's any opportunity for them to get into trouble.

Re:Freedom? (1)

CoffeeDog (1774202) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823542)

Except a lot of kids there don't have the luxury of their own gaming PC at home and flock to 24/7 Internet cafes which may not be the safest places at night.

Re:Freedom? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823778)

I've been to Korea. The Internet cafes are like Starbucks in America and many of them are quite safe and dirt cheap. Although your more likely to be keylogged then mugged in real life.

Also machines are not that expensive to buy there. So that isn't much of an issue. Broadband is insanely cheap compared to other places. I got my mother-in-law a new PC while I was there. The machine list price was 990 euros. After my wife spoke to the guy behind the counter it dropped to 700 with some free items thrown in. The delivery guy came in, set it all up for free and even cleaned the room before leaving. All at no extra charge + no tip involved.

Same machine in Ireland would of been 1,300 approx without freebies or the delivery guy.

Re:Freedom? (1)

McGiraf (196030) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824040)

what did she do behind the counter?

Re:Freedom? (1)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823796)

This made me think of a recent news article [kotaku.com] ... it's not Korea, but China, it's not an MMO but an FPS, but it does involve an internet cafe and "trouble". Some poor kid got a kitchen knife through the temple and survived. It's pretty fascinating.

Re:Freedom? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#31826524)

I read it. My first thought was "so typical for a cheater, usually knife to head is a 100% kill".

Re:Freedom? (1)

Skuld-Chan (302449) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823582)

I'm all for the government forcing more kids off mmo's - have you played any of them lately?

Re:Freedom? (1)

bill_kress (99356) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824246)

Wouldn't you say that if something should be left to parents and it IS left to parents and it isn't taken care of that there needs to be a fix beyond "this should be left to the parents"?

Re:Freedom? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31825270)

No, because "taken care of" doesn't mean "done the way I think it should".

Re:Freedom? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31824752)

But we have evolved laws that do not leave decisions to parents who are neglecting their children. Maybe many more parents are neglectful by convenience than we admit. And if I wanted to breed a generation of kids too scared to go outside, one method is to certainly make sure they get rewarded for spending as much time as possible inside and, thanks to the mono direction of time, cannot make up for their lack of worldly experience. You do know that is exactly what feminists complained men were deliberately doing to raise girls to be dependent on them? That would make your boys into girls. The type modern women despise.

Oh thank God (5, Funny)

masmullin (1479239) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823370)

Now the rest of us can compete in PvP!!!

Re:Oh thank God (2, Insightful)

surmak (1238244) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823398)

But only from 2-6AM Korea time.

Re:Oh thank God (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823650)

Unless I miss my mark (which is entirely possible) thats 4pm till 8pm Mountain Standard Time. Not so bad.

Socks for South Koreans (2, Interesting)

allometry (840925) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823444)

I'm going to make a killing running SSH proxy's!

Re:Socks for South Koreans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823718)

The minor detection will probably be simply through their registered accounts, which invariably require the Korean SSN to sign up for. The IP address will not matter.

In fact, it's very possible this will be implemented as applying to all accounts, unlockable only if a hard copy of age verification is submitted, or some e-signing system such as use of a registered cell phone or internet certificate (as they use for banks) is used.

They must be preparing for (1)

josteos (455905) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823496)

the World of StarCraft beta...

While we sleep? (2, Insightful)

lemur3 (997863) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823510)

How about I use my block during the hours of sleep i enjoy at night...... or while i am at work/school.....

yeah this will work out perfectly!

Re:While we sleep? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823698)

No shit, I'm surprised people are responding to this thread at all. ... two new policies that will force underage gamers to pick a six-hour block of time (midnight-6 AM . Gee, it's like they didn't even try to make it a difficult choice.

Re:While we sleep? (3, Insightful)

compro01 (777531) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824104)

How about I use my block during the hours of sleep i enjoy at night

That's the point. The issue is that children are reportedly playing these games all night and not sleeping enough.

Re:While we sleep? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31825398)

If they missed 6 hours of sleep, they are going to end up sleeping 12 hours anyway... or dead... so I guess it's a moot point. Let nature take care of it.

Re:While we sleep? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31826660)

how about I use my block during the hours of school?

This is probably not going to work (2, Insightful)

tann0r (1788552) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823580)

All this is going to do is cause the MMOs that aren't on the initial list to see a huge rise in traffic during the blackout hours. So now instead of focusing all of their time on leveling one blue haired angel that can do a flying knee kick at the face of a tree who spits fairy dust at you -- they will have two to worry about. If these kid's parents are allowing them to spend upwards of 12 hours a day in front of the computer I have a feeling they aren't paying enough attention to know whether they are playing Maple Story or a lesser known (but just as time consuming) title.

Oh please do this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31823616)

Hundreds of kids on the street with nothing to do, please do this I can't wait to see what happens!

In other news.... (1)

vampire_baozi (1270720) | more than 4 years ago | (#31823702)

Lineage II and other games not on the list brace for usage spikes during those time blocks. Stockholders are braced for wads of cash to fly their way. CEOs hope new subsriptions outway the bribes they paid to keep their games off the list.

Re:In other news.... (1)

Literaryhero (1379743) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824296)

Lineage 2 is rated 19+ in Korea, meaning that you have to be 19 years old to play it. Since this is a blackout list to protect youths, naturally Lineage 2 wouldn't be included.

Interesting, but (1)

Lueseiseki (1189513) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824328)

How would they go about enforcing this? (article slashdotted) Are they going to block a family's internet connection because their one child will be playing during a different time? What if you have multiple children even?

Make it universal (1)

WinstonWolfIT (1550079) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824364)

And society would benefit without question.

Re:Make it universal (2, Funny)

selven (1556643) | more than 4 years ago | (#31825320)

I know, it'll be great. Let's go and ban all the other undesirable elements of society while we're at it, and productivity will shoot through the roof! I say start with alcohol.

Re:Make it universal (1)

WinstonWolfIT (1550079) | more than 4 years ago | (#31825968)

Which is why alcohol isn't available from 2 til 6, for example. Which is why gaming responsibility laws are passed. Which is why the public has an interest in managing addiction.

A better idea (1)

thoughtsatthemoment (1687848) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824816)

Let them learning some serious programming and they will forget about all these MMO in no time.

Bitch (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31824850)

Ok, cool (1)

mysidia (191772) | more than 4 years ago | (#31824966)

As long as they can pick a different 6 hours at any time they want.

Think about it... every child needs sleep, this actually seems reasonable. That should be at least 6 hours a day, as any less is considered unhealthy.

So while it's nanny-state, at least the terms are reasonable, and it's not forced to be the same 6 hours for everyone.

In a free society such as the US, of course, this would be the parents' job, not the government's.

As opposed to... (2, Funny)

MessedRocker (1273148) | more than 4 years ago | (#31825600)

As opposed to North Korea, where you can spend as much time on MMOs as you'd like. Except the only MMO is standing guard at the DMZ, awaiting an attack by the South Koreans or the Americans. And it's not a game.

Just moved to Seoul (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31825726)

Just moved into Seoul about two weeks ago. There are internet cafe's that advertise MMO's *everywhere*. I think within a mile radius of where I'm staying, I've seen at least 7 or 8, and quite possibly more than that. I don't get the appeal of these things...I tried WoW once, and it just seemed like a drawn out walking simulator to me!

Parents? (1)

ThurstonMoore (605470) | more than 4 years ago | (#31826488)

Why can't parents just take care of this?

Nanny state. (1)

Alex Belits (437) | more than 4 years ago | (#31826528)

Literally.

And it's a good thing.

What a joke (1)

BlackBloq (702158) | more than 4 years ago | (#31826634)

So they can only play till midnight? Give me a break how about 9:30pm-7am. That's what a real parent would choose.

Internet use in korea isn't based at home (2, Interesting)

Deibhaid (14503) | more than 4 years ago | (#31826646)

I think the reason for this new measure decided upon by the government is because in Korea, it is far more normal for people to get together at a PC Bang (basically internet cafe), where first of all the kids waste their money and time (not to mention sucking up huge amounts of second hand smoke, even in the so-called "not smoking areas") and in addition to that, they pay less attention to their studies. In Korea in particular where studies are very important up through the end of high-school,

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