South Korean Online Gaming Teen Curfew Passes Committee Vote

April 25, 2011 -

It looks like teens in South Korea won't be able to play online games all night long anymore. South Korea's legislation and judiciary committee has unanimously passed a motion to move forward with a law that prevents children under 15 from playing online games between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. Dubbed the "Cinderella law," the new edict now heads to a vote before South Korea's full national assembly.

 

Critics of the law argue that that banning late night play affects only a small portion of players, who will probably move their play-time or use a borrowed or pirated registration ID. Others note that the law doesn't go far enough because it doesn't take into account for offline PC games and console games.

The main point of passing such a law is to address online game addiction in the country. Several high profile cases of death and suicide have been associated with playing online games in internet cafes in the country. How effective adding a curfew into the mix is uncertain.

Source: Worlds in Motion


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