South Korea enforces late night gaming curfew

Koreans take their gaming seriously, especially Starcraft. When you hear a story about someone dying after days straight with no food or water it is usually someone from Korea. In an effort to cut back that extreme gaming lifestyle the South Korean government has issued a mandatory curfew.

The government will shut down internet access for 6 hours each night to 19 specific games. The curfew is only targeted at underage gamers. It will also monitor the amount of time that kids spend playing the games. If someone plays for more than 6 hours at a time their connection will be throttled.

Despite efforts by the government, true hardcore gamers may have multiple internet connections in their home.  While this effort is a solid first step towards regulating online gaming it is hardly a catch all solution. 

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OMG that's dreadful, I love my gaming, but to go without food and water for days is just inane. I think the longest I have played a game was 6hrs, but I had breaks, plenty of water which was provided by my partner. She knows I love my gaming and she plays CS and CODNW2. Playing without food, water just to play a game... Is your life really worth more than a game...?

Temperingpick said,
That story is 5 years old.


Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 August 2005, 10:16 GMT 11:16 UK


The bbc story is old but it is an example of the extreme addiction people have to computers.

Nanny state in the truest sense of the phrase. South Korea has been moving away from a free internet for years now (e.g. sites with over 100,000 visitors per day require users to provide their Resident Registration Number and display their real name in order to make comments). The current administration continues on its path to stifling free speech online.

Google has blocked comments and video uploads on YouTube for people whose location is set to Korea in order to bypass these ridiculous laws. (While leaving an option for Koreans to change their location in order to comment/upload.)

http://www.democracykorea.org/...fies-korean-censorship-law/

They are the types of games that completely engross the player. They are not games that you can play for 20 minutes and stop
Professor Mark Griffiths

i thought the people who died played at cyber cafes? and you hear those reports every so often out of asia(last one i heard was china), and have become a sort of urban legend.

also have you ever played a korean made mmo? 6 hours at a time won't get you anywhere in terms of progress after about mid level.

It is a sad day when your government steps in and plays the role that parents should be playing. So what is the next step? Eventually parents can just sit back and relax as the government does it all. Man how cool would that be?

America will be next.

"If someone plays for more than 6 hours at a time" - Holy crap! Only 6 hours, I remeber playing Eve-Online for 18hours straight (admititly that was only for 1 week during a holiday, but I still ate and slept)

Billus said,
Lol, don't they have food in the house? How hard is it to walk up to a pantry and sit back down again?

That in itself is a problem, they walk to the pantry to get energy drinks and sit back down again, don't sleep, and they die.

If they get so addicted that this is necessary, it's shocking to be honest.

I rarely stay up into the morning, maybe to midnight but that's it. Only times I've done all nighters have been when I've been at LAN parties. That's it

I can't believe people are so addicted to a game they... DIE?
Ok, I'm a gamer as well, but I know where my limits are and I know what is real and what is not real.

Yak said,

dying maybe??

tsk tsk

It is always good to check first before commenting, as you will often be surprised to find that such a word exists

CapaCapa said,
A quick browse on the net and apparently it's a perfectly good spelling, just less popular.

A perfectly good spelling if you're referring to the process of cutting, forming or stamping with a die. Not if you're referring to someones last moments.

Forensis said,

A perfectly good spelling if you're referring to the process of cutting, forming or stamping with a die. Not if you're referring to someones last moments.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/dying
dy·ing (dng)
v.
Present participle of die.
adj.
1. About to die: dying patients.
2. Drawing to an end; declining: in the dying hours of the legislative session.
3. Done or uttered just before death: a dying request.

josephlimjh said,

It is always good to check first before commenting, as you will often be surprised to find that such a word exists

Yes it does exist but not in the context of the article - 0wned

Edited by Nick Sheldon, Apr 13 2010, 3:37pm :

Forensis said,

A perfectly good spelling if you're referring to the process of cutting, forming or stamping with a die. Not if you're referring to someones last moments.

Exactly