Korea To Have Gaming Blackout

Imagine being told by your government that you won’t be able to play online games at certain hours of the day. Well, this is going to happen to gamers in Korea according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. This is an attempt to block underage access to online games after midnight due to the rising problem of video game addiction amongst children.

While it says Midnight, gamers are actually going to be allowed to choose a six hour time block where they will not be able to play online games. Gamers will be able to choose from these times — 12 AM to 6 AM, 1 AM to 7 AM or 2 AM to 8 AM. While some feel this will help, others say that the underage children will simply find ways around this new policy — who wouldn’t try to?

This policy was created due to the growing number of children becoming addicted to MMORPGs. The MMOs they plan to go after are ones they say require a heavy investment of not only time,  but money as well. Maybe this is why they decided not to block the game Lineage from this blackout each day on games. It doesn’t make too much sense to leave one unblocked, but block others. For the most part — all MMOs require a large investment of time.

It shall be interesting to see how this all plays out. You can bet plenty of people will find ways around this and continue to play the games they love. Although, those who don’t try to cheat the system might actually find themselves getting some sleep and saving money. People need to learn how to control their gaming habits so that they don’t get out of control or harm those around them. It’s because of those people that policies like this now exist in Korea.

Discuss: Do you feel that authority related to government should have control over what the people do?

Midnight ban imposed on online games [Korean Herald via True Slant]

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12 Comments on "Korea To Have Gaming Blackout"

  1. hpconnect April 12, 2010 at 21:50 - Reply

    wow korea is heading one step closer for a few nukes to blow there country up i cant wait when we go to war with korea :)

  2. Radar38 April 12, 2010 at 20:26 - Reply

    Yes, government intervention is good, at times. In the gaming industry, I don’t believe it should be intervened in. Gaming is a personal, private activity. It is for entertainment and enjoyment. So what if money is being given, it is part of the corporation machine. It is how they earn money. If that person wants to use money so he can play a game, that is his/her enjoyment. The government should only intervene if it’s a matter of National Security, which I highly doubt this is.

  3. Labtech April 12, 2010 at 20:12 - Reply

    Good idea in general (nobody under 18 should REALLY be playing video game in 4 A.M.) but they shouldn’t enforce it through law.

  4. MrTastyDDR April 12, 2010 at 17:23 - Reply

    they should give the bloackage to the underage children….also, do i see starcrap 2 on the monitor?

  5. tuner_racer April 12, 2010 at 15:54 - Reply

    how are they gonna do this exactly?

  6. Kreyg April 12, 2010 at 15:11 - Reply

    In my opinion — this just brings North and South Korea one step closer to being reunited. First it’s video games, but what’s next after that? I’m sure you’ll slowly start to see them doing more things like this.

    It’s becoming like this in the US at the moment too — government control is becoming too much. The federal government isnt there to tell us what to do, but since people today have no idea how to run their own lives, the government will take control and it never should have to.

  7. moethirteen April 12, 2010 at 14:56 - Reply

    No way, when someones in their own home, unless they’re gonna blow up half the town and they need to stop the harm of others, uncle sam can GTFO.

    Some one needs to look into this Lineage exception. That does not smell right.

  8. Captin April 12, 2010 at 14:48 - Reply

    so its korea vs the fatties

  9. Rocker2791 April 12, 2010 at 14:28 - Reply

    It’s not really that big of a deal. You have to sleep sometime, so just choose one of the 6 hour blocks. This just means we won’t be seeing any 24+hour marathons out of Korea, lol.

  10. xDSJxPyro April 12, 2010 at 14:18 - Reply

    I don’t know how well that would fly here. People would be up in arms, and it would be almost impossible to enforce. I believe this will help, but like anything people will do anything to get around this.