The Korean Culture Ministry has had enough of people becoming addicted to online games. Its answer: to reduce potential addiction cases by imposing a curfew on players under 16, who play MMOs after midnight. And after a one-month trial through June, a 12am-6am curfew will be put into full effect in July.
Admittedly, Korea does seem to be the source of many severe cases of MMO addiction - like the man who played Starcraft for 50 hours, non-stop, in an internet café until his heart gave out from exhaustion. According to South Korean newspaper Korea Times, it’s expected that 87% of the country’s 100 most popular online games will be affected, leaving educational titles and online games from smaller-sized companies unblocked.
Do you think a six-hour enforced break for teens is the right solution? Or should Korean mom’s just pull the plug out of the wall like everyone else’s did?