South Korea imposes online gaming curfew

While gaming has become akin to a national sport in South Korea, it has also become something of a problem amongst the country's youth, with the country hoping to curb addiction by creating two new initiatives.

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While gaming has become akin to a national sport in South Korea, it has also become something of a problem amongst the country's youth, with the country hoping to curb addiction by creating two new initiatives.

South Korea plans to cut off online video games at midnight for school-age children and allow parents to set limits on playing hours to curb problems of Internet gaming addiction in the world's most wired country.

The country's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will be forcing gamers to choose six-hour blocks during which they cannot play games, while also slowing down internet connections for players who stay logged on to specific online games for extended periods of time.

Gamers have their choice of one of three blackout periods, running from 12AM-6AM, 1AM-7AM, or 2AM-8AM. As for the internet slowdown system, the plan already applies to four games, though the ministry hopes to extend the initiative to 19 total titles later in the year.

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