South Korean Gamers Get Midnight Curfew

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In case you haven’t heard, video game addiction is a big problem in South Korea, and now a new law might kick in order to address this issue. According to Korea Herald a new policy will “attempt to block underage access to online computer games after midnight in light of the risking problem of video game addiction among youth.” Yeah that’s right, if your ages 16 or younger and live in South Korea, it may soon have a curfew on video games. Another policy spoken of is one called “the slowdown policy” where gamers who play for too long will find their internet speed dropping to 56k levels. What a buzz kill!

While this may seem crazy and extreme to us here in the western world, and horrid thoughts of Starcraft freaks freaking out over their net speed race to our mind, video game addiction is a serious problem in South Korea. A particular popular example is of the death of a South Korean newborn child, who died from starvation because it’s parents were so addicted to online gaming, it led to the neglect of their child. However it should be noted that this example involves adults rather than children, yet it’s the young who suffer. Never the less, this has obviously outraged  many in South Korea.

I can’t help but wonder, is this a good solution to gaming addiction or a bad one? I’m honestly not sure. Should we be treating video games like a bad habit like drugs, alcohol or cigarettes? Do games like Counter Strike, World of Warcraft and Call of Duty make us junkies? If so, Im hooked! What do you guys think?

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  • Sergio

    I don’t think this is going to turn out well

    • Zowwerz

      Bring on grouchy teens lol!

  • Cellophane Girl

    My first thought was that it is usually people over 16 who are suffering the worst from non-stop gaming. So I’m not sure this is going to really accomplish anything other than to enrage some people. The connection slowing down, well if someone is determined to play, they are going to find a way. Seems like all it would take is a little hopping from one internet cafe to another, or back to home.

  • Zowwerz

    I think that’s a bit silly, they’ll find ways around it and shouldn’t the government be looking at sorting out current laws already? Ridiculous.

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