People love games so much in South Korea that the government is imposing mandatory, six-hour gaming "black-out periods" on its underage gamers.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism says its new policy will cut off online gaming to popular, time-sink MMOs like Maple Story. The ban is being tested on four games, but will eventually apply to 19 well-known Korean games.
The law also includes a "slowdown" system where internet speeds will be stalled dramatically if users are online for a lengthy period of time. The government is looking into various games in terms of time and money needed to play them, in order to determine whether they will be included in the blackout. Popular MMO Lineage will not be rationed; Dungeon & Fighter, and Dragon Nest will be.
Gamers will be given three options for the six hour black-out period --midnight-6 a.m.,1-7 a.m., and 2-8 a.m.
The move is a response to the increase in time people in Korea spend playing games, and some high-profile stories about the negative effects of online games -- including that infamous case where parents apparently starved their child while raising a virtual child in an online game.
Source: Korea Herald