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?