South Korean law allows parents to control their children's gaming habits
Another law from South Korea tries to control their children's gaming addiction by making parents able to block their children's access online.
The new law that went into effect on July 1st gives parents access to a "Selective Shutdown System" (the actual name is the "selection system of game available period", doesn't sound as harsh now does it?) that will allow parents to control just for how long have their children been playing a certain game they may not approve of.
The system lets parents (or legal guardians for that matter) to set a time period they want to allow outside of the curfew hours that prohibit gamers 16 or younger from playing any online games between midnight and 6 a.m.
The system can only be applied to a selected series of online games including League of Legends and Starcraft 2, but it appears that consoles are not affected by the new law.
This isn't the nation's only attempt to control the way their children play video games. Another law set to start later this month will completely ban the sale of virtual goods in online titles.
What do you think of all this g1's? Should the country ease up on its youth's gaming tendencies or are these new laws right to control underage gamers in such a tight fashion? Just how much is too much when it comes to gaming online and the time you spend on it? And just how much should parents be involved in their children's activities? Let me know in the comments below.
the government should mind their god damn business and let the parents decide this shit.
I'm honestly not surprised at all. South Korea has a pretty big problem with video game addiction. But it doesn't sound to restrictive. Only a select few games can't be played from midnight to 6 am and doesn't affect console games. Yeah not too bad
Unless you go to school in a REALLY back-water or brutally poor area, odds are your school friends or their families have phones. Get their numbers and you can get in touch during the summer. It's not really all that complicated. lol
Good for the parents, they should have more control over their child's play time, hell, ban them from even playing the games to begin with if they're underaged. Maybe then they're will be less little motherfuckers playing call of duty at 1 in the morning.
but i hav no friends to hang out with cause i can only see them at school, but im on summer break, so i hav nothing else to do
Or... you know, the parents to use their power to be a parent without the law invading anything.
this sounds more like technology that parents should have employed years ago. at 10pm all gaming should stop for children since it's time to fucking sleep
Kids are naive and will never learn any consequences, if they don't get warned first by their parents .
For kids who don't spend much good time with their family and friends (In real life) they deserve to have a time limit on their console.
If any kids are reading this: For your, Youth sake. Get outside more with your friends and do something. Your youth and rights will not last long in todays world.
GET OUT AND HAVE FUN!
I like videogames as much as the next guy, I develop them for a living even, but I am all for parents having the ability to stop their children from playing games too much. There are some serious problems with gaming addictions in this day and age and parents need some way of getting their children to go outside and get some fresh air once in a while. It's already possible for parents to stop their children from playing games by say, taking the network cable out of the wall, this way is just more convenient and less prone to nightly arguments. Banning the sale of virtual goods though? That's dumb.
That's what they should be doing in the 1st place, but Korea is afraid of kids dieing in cafes playing MMO's
I also play games for hours on end but never really thought how can someone become so addicted they can't shut it off
Same here man
Just another case of mother goverment force feeding you her tit cause you can't feed yourself...or so it thinks.
Kids don't like to be interrepted?
ya never know when parents may go crazy and decide to do it to us too
I am fine with this since only pc but the online goods thing has to go away
So the issue should be parenting then, not forcing an age restriction. Parents should know what's best for their kid.
Yea, the rehab centers apply to any age. But seriously, parents everywhere need to know how to draw a line for their kids.
Yes, but that's not necessarily true for every single kid. There are kids who may not be addicted to video games, while there may be legal adults who are. A restriction based on age isn't necessarily accurate for everyone.
I sometimes do that with movies except that I'm just exicited for the finale. Oh people and their perceptions.