Korea passes gaming curfew law

There was bad news for PC game playing youngsters in Korean yesterday as the National Assembly finally passed a law to ban under fifteens from playing games into the wee hours of the night.

The legislation, dubbed the Cinderella Law, was passed unanimously to slap a curfew on kids playing video games between midnight and 6am in a bid to curb the wave of gaming addiction in the country.

In fact the problem of kids pulling all-nighters to play online in a country where top gamers are revered like rock stars is such that there have even been reports of gaming boot camps to ween young addicts away from their beloved games in a militant Korean version of the Priory.

Of course as TechEye staff know all too well it is not only the kiddiwinks who are likely to sneak off in the dead of night for a few hours of Call of Duty, so whether laws aimed at such young ages will have enough of an effect is being questioned, with only a small percentage of young players indulging at that time anyway.

Whether such a law can be successfully enforced by authorities is another potential problem.

There are varying reports of how exactly the forthcoming curfew will be enforced by the state, though it is thought game developers will be asked to monitor the ID numbers of gamers, with parents also able to access information about what time they have been playing until.

Another tactic put forward suggests the slowing of internet connection rates for those caught flouting the curfew.

It is also still being discussed as to what extent the gaming ban will be enforced, with the advent of high quality gaming available on, for example, smartphones meaning that there are a variety of ways to access games away from the PC.

There is an ongoing argument between the Family Ministry and Culture Ministry over whether a ban should include all platforms or merely online PC games.