South Korea Attempts To Control Gaming Addiction
A new law, The Cinderella Law, has been put into effect in South Korea today, limiting players of certain ages playing at certain times of the day. Government officials have debated the issues surrounding gaming addiction for some time now but this is the first big step towards progress in a while. The new law forces all online titles, including PC, Xbox Live and PSN, that are played in Korea to stop players under the age of 16 from playing between 12-6am.
The announcement has already been met with opposition, The Korea Association of Game Industry which includes publishers of heavy-hitter MMO titles such as Aion, Guild Wars 2 and Dragons Nest, have stated that they believe the Cinderella Law infringes upon civil rights. It seems like a good idea on paper but if I was the sort to get addicted to an MMO, I’d just switch over to an EU or US server and avoid the limits completely. Seems like a waste of time.
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