South Koreans bring in gaming curfew

The South Korean government is apparently fed up with picking up the corpses of dead kiddies who play computer games past their bedtime.

The government has released a raft of policies which are designed to make sure that the kids get enough sleep by curbing the amount of time children spend playing online games.

The first involves barring online gaming access to young people of school age between 12am (midnight) and 8am.

The other cunning plan involves slowing down people’s internet connections after they have been logged on to certain games for a long period of time.

The Culture Ministry is asking the companies to monitor the national identity numbers of their players, which includes the age of the individual.

Lee Young-ah from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism told  Reuters that this made sure that parents could supervise their children’s game playing.

Popular virtual worlds Barameui Nara, Maple Story and Mabinogi have signed up to the curfew and role playing games “Dungeon and Fighter” and “Dragon Nest” will pilot the connection slowing scheme.

There has been growing concern over the amount of time its citizens spend in virtual worlds and playing online games.

 A couple whose baby daughter starved while they spent up to 12 hours a day in internet cafes raising a virtual child online has made headlines around the world.