Korea Bans Late Night Gaming Amidst “MMORPG Epidemic”


Hysteria over children being led astray by the temptations of MMORPGs has prompted Korea to enact legislation banning youths from late night MMORPG sessions.

A supposed epidemic of “game addiction” reaching 7% of the nation’s schoolchildren, some 510,000 children, has prompted the government to ban underage players from playing a selection of popular MMORPGs, including “Maple Story,” “Barameui Nara” and “Mabinogi.”

The ban is to be implemented by forcing gamers to choose a 6 hour period running from 12AM-6AM, 1AM-7AM, or 2AM-8AM.

Additionally, game makers are gradually being forced to implement “fatigue” systems in RPG titles, reducing drop rates or similar if the player spends a long period in game.

19 games are to be included in the “fatigue” system, thought to cover some 80% of the country’s market for online games, though some have noted that such popular titles as Lineage have escaped inclusion for now.

Korea’s legislation is similar in scope to that adopted in China, which has long scapegoated games as subversive elements, placing the nation in good company indeed.

The Korean government and mass media appear silent on the issue of whether parents actually bear any responsibility for what their children do at night – it seems not.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:59 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nexon games ban underage kid good =)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What took them so long!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck that, if the "parents actually doing parenting" line really worked in the practical world, it wouldn't have to be repeated all the time. Too easy to say, not so easy to do and enforce.

    What, you think you guys are geniuses for figuring that out? I think you're all idiots for saying it all the time and yet failing to ever see it work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 2035

    Parent should tell the kids to use computer at age of 11.

    The reason for that is they dont even know how to protect the computer and search the web carefully.

    Parenting is not easy as you think. it takes a lot of responsibility and hardship.

    Besides if you decide as a single, that's fine. however, it gets boring and lonely.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reducing drop rates...

    That will force the insomniacs to invest even more time into the game.

    ie. Bad Gamblers will keep gambling even if losing, similar argument.

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    Comment by Fonzer
    10:17 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hey i remember playing stronghold crusaders and sometimes it said have a snack sire,take a nap sire and don't know what all it said.No such messages in these games?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, is this North Korean or Sou--

    Oh, yeah. Only one has electricity. Nevermind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sucks to be a kid in Korea, then doesn't it.
    At the same time, though, there really isn't a need for a bunch of little kids to be up playing MMO's past midnight anyways. Whatever happened to sleeping?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:29 30/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whatever happened to realizing that most of these 'youths' are 13-18 and therefore have longer bedtimes, especially on weekends.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Usually it's the parents who are doing all the mmorpging and starving their children

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wrong. A lot of the older generation isn't very tech savvy, so they can't monitor their children as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:13 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *makes account*
    "what year were you born?"

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:29 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I think a fatigue system is a good idea, I think it's a bit of bullshit to have it legally mandated. And banning late night gaming is just a terrible idea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:56 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahahahha, how does the government think it's going to impose this ban? by blocking ports for those titles at those times? Kids are intuitive these days, not to mention it should be up to the parents not the government.. then again this IS Korea we're talking about, albeit South Korea..

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:34 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG!! whats going to happen to the korean servers on wow?!

    how will the ever finish ICC25 hardmode now! its the end of the world

    *sarcasim thoughout

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 25/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No fatigue meter. HATE fatigue meter just a time-waster and makes game annoying.

    This ban is fail btw.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:53 22/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The solution is easy: no internet for kids up to 11 or 12 years.

    I mean all you need is to not give the kids an ethernet cable or a wlan-antenna and they won't be able to access the i-net at all. Seriously, kids don't need the internet (at least we didn't need it in our grade school/early high school days, so there's no excuse to let your children go online) since the school doesn't force you to reports until you're at an age where you can gather reliable information(and even then,books are still better references <_<).

    The internet is far worse than plating MMORPGs though, because while you're in another world, at least you're save from the perverts that lurk out there like child abusers,porn distributors, sects and cults, drug sellers and specific political organizations that are lurking everywhere out there (not to mention the hackers and other criminal identities...).

    So the best solution would be to force the parents to ban their kids from using the internet via law. That way,nobody's gonna get harmed in any way (I seriously doubt that just banning MMORPGS would help, maybe they will just roam the net instead at night and get on suspicious sites like facebook/twitter/etc.).

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:32 30/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, if you think that is actually going to happen and are not just being a sarcastic nitwit, you are insane.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:20 20/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't do a thing but make companies loose money. They just got back on using parent info and a gaming they went.


    Comment by Anonymous
    15:27 11/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Needs lesser "parents let tv do the rearing" and more "child beating"

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    12:42 01/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well atleast MMORPG players are not on the streets shooting at them selves...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 15/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    B-b-b-but i need to get my hunter to lv 99..:(

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:49 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No need to ban.:S

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:22 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Surely lowering the drop rates means people will play for even longer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 15/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Government have millions of "ADVISORS" and "TACTICIANS" and "COMMITTEES" and "SENATE PANEL HEARINGS"

    Government have Unlimited resources and can do everything for you like;

    Providing Food, Shelter, and Jobs
    Health Care
    Low Mortgage rates
    A Bright Shiny Future without pain or suffering

    And most importantly - The Government has;


    Do you need anything else/ I think Not =D

    I'm Barack Obama and i approved this message.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:56 15/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sure as hell beats the rat race just to hope for the merest chance of success

    Now quick slap on your tinfoil hat, I hear the black helicopters coming!

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    Comment by Myballz
    05:50 15/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good now that prevents the Koreans from playing on Starcraft 2.

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    Comment by Plagus777
    19:47 15/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's the point? This only limits the elementary school tards.

    Middle school grade 3, i can use my parent's Social number to make an adult account, which does not carry the inconveniences of a minor's acc.

    And it's 19 in korea, though the actual age is pretty much the same. This ban won't do shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not to sound stupid but North or South???

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:37 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, you sound stupid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:01 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    To put it in another way, if you honestly think the North allows its citizens to have that much freedom on a computer as to be able to freely browse and download mmo's, you've got another thing coming.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 06/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like "If you think the North Korean standard of living actually allows people to afford computers, MMOs, and reliable electricity."

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    Comment by Cowpies
    00:27 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Parents doing PARENTING!?
    Now that's just crazy talk, Artefact. No, Clearly this is the only solution.

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    Comment by Riiku
    00:32 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And to think that all that time you waste on a game is vanishing into thin air. Just imagine, that if you invest that time to make some advancements in your life, how much more enjoyable it could be? Wouldnt you want to have fit body, a cute girl, a car, a nice job? So having a non-existent 80 lvl character, who exist purely in your brain, and in some bits on HDD, is better, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i have thought of this too.

    1 i hate muscle, i want to be a twig, but im also fat. so i tried to excersize, and without instant results, like im able to lift 1 pound more after the workout and rest, or something tangible, i cant keep at it for more than 2 weeks. if there was something that could show me what i was doing was paying off instead of just making me tired id do it. ever see the strong man competitions? what if my body build is that of a extremely strong fat guy? EFFORT WASTED

    2 i hate "cute girls" because they know they are cute and can get away with more shit and can be more demanding. i prefer a nice 6-7 girl over a 10, because i find them more enjoyable to be around, and honesly a 6-7 isnt hard to get.

    3 a car gets me from point a to b, and moves stuff i buy, so long as it has heating, cooling, working stereo, and gets 30 miles to a gallon, im happy, fuck the expensive cars that get shit mileage.

    4 i cant have a job that i like, because i am incapable of doing them. tried to learn Japanese so i could be a translator. tried to be an artist, but i need some amount og god given skill to even make a livable income with that. and honestly don't get me started with game making. making things for a game for people more talented than you, would kill me more than what i do now, its hard to explain but it nets me 30$ an hour, and lots of over time.

    all in all i hate life, but a mmo where i can at the very least have a goal i can actually accomplish is a great thing to have.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 01:21

    1. Okay, so you're a fat guy. If I was fat, I'd rather be a _strong_ fat guy, but, everyone's got their priorities.

    2. Don't hate a group (in this case, 'cute girls') just because some of them are manipulative, etc. I've met cute girls who are nice. But, your comment about "6-7" girls is generally true.

    3. I have the same philosophy.

    4. Try more effectively to find out the overlap between things you like to do, and things you're good at doing, and things that someone will pay you to do. (I'm not suggesting you start a website "www.fatguyfapsonwebcam.com" or anything. [But if you're okay with doing that, there's probably lots of people who would pay to see it {shudder}].)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:20 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about people who keep their characters online because they're selling stuff in shops and too cheap to afford proxy vending features?

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    Comment by Chen-04
    01:07 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The “fatigue” system should be standard. Otherwise playing the game without sacrificing your life (if you have one) is kind of difficult. In fact, it should be sufficient to get 2h playtime per day, but then again the whole concept is to get the players spending their life/money on it.

    btw I propose to BAN CHILDREN from the interwebz. Solves all problems in one ban.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 30/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, the fatigue system should not be standard. It just pisses off people like myself who have more than 2 hours per day to play the game, who go "WTF are these people trying to dictate to me how long I spend playing a game?"

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    Comment by LanceRayne
    01:21 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    when the gov steps in and pushes their blindsided views, their isn't much to do about it. however, if the parent was a parent then there would not be an issue... alas it now comes to money again.
    and anime/manga isn't an addiction, it's a right of passage that lasts forever.

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    Comment by yuza
    00:10 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let MMORPG companies implement the time tracker on a separate server, giving players a welcome invite to ddos it.
    Government: "Mhhm...."
    MMO Devs: "We tried..." *shifty eyes*

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    Comment by Shiro_Amada
    23:50 13/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is not going to stop the players from playing, it's just gonna piss 'em off. And my guess is that some are going to open multiple game accounts, so that they can play for 12 hours straight- they'll just switch from one game acc to another.

    As for the parents, I know how me and my my lil' bro went- when they placed a video game interdiction, we'd just wait for them to go to work, and start playing. Then they'd take the keyboard, and we'd buy a spare, then they'd place a password on the OS and I would crack it, and so on... You can NEVER prevent a game addict from playing. You can just piss him off.

    In the end my parents took away my PC, because they thought that'd help, but then I would just go to a net café, or play games on my (secret) portable console, or cellphone.

    I'm 20 now, and I think I'm finally over the whole "game addiction" thing, but now I'm addicted to manga and anime... LOL!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:00 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a fucking joke to remove the password on XP. I know my parents used to take away my keyboard and mouse (lol wireless), so I just used my old keyboard that's sitting in the storage room and go use my other computers mouse. Considering if they would try to put a password on anything, I could just turn off the computer and just disconnect the fucking SATA cable from the hard drive with the OS, and password protect the BIOS. They're too computer illiterate to even know how to reset the bios, hell they can barely even turn on the TV.

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    Comment by alex251
    23:56 13/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "...but now I'm addicted to manga and anime"

    because that's one of the best addictions

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    Comment by Fonzer
    00:20 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    choices sir,i loved watching anime,but i went back to gaming a little and i need to return to watching more anime one day.

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    Comment by CowExtract
    01:32 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm equally addicted to both. Often, I am torn between watching anime, or playing games. I even sometimes do both at the same time, however, in that scenario, the anime usually ends up winning

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hi5 bro

    You're in a better situation than me... I am addicted to both, and when I play a game I feel like watching anime... and when I watch anime I feel like there's a boss raid coming, and it makes me confused D:

    Comment by Schrobby
    23:18 13/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lazy parents should do some actual parenting...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:35 13/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sure the gooks this article describes are no worse than most of the sankaku tards who post here daily.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately I find that to be true

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    Comment by Fonzer
    23:21 13/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hahaha true.When the goverment needs parenting their children,then parents aren't being functional parents.But isn't this more of a free choice by parents if they want to make it a late night ban or not??
    Or will absolutely everyone who is under 18 have to follow this,regardles if some parents wouldn't ban that time.

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    Comment by Ghost Dog
    06:25 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Normally I'd say this is too much government control, but this is getting to be a serious problem. Too many kids are passing out or worse because of game addiction, and the parents are doing a terrible job by letting it happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:38 30/04/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous 08:27 hit the nail on the head. The problem is that online 'life' is much more interesting than actual real life today.

    Comment by Setekh
    21:51 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is absurd.

    Once again the government tries to fix the problem and ends up doing completely the wrong thing.

    The problem isn't the games! It's the bloody parents.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then we obviously don't need the result of said terrible parenting to survive, let alone mate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:02 15/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    08:27 anon is pretty much right, MMO's are designed to drop that cheese early, and often, what rat would want to race when all it needs to do is pull a few levers
    Peeps need a purpose to live for so.....
    Lets see, God is dead, world hunger, population overgrown, a goal to work for.....
    WWIII anyone? anyone?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 15/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It isn't just the parent's fault though. I mean, yes they can slap the kid around and make him achieve A grades until he's 18, but then what?
    The fact that doing real things in today's society can't even compare to the accomplishment people feel in a fantasy, is where the root of the problem lies.
    Education = boredom. Career = slavery. Chances are, even if you work yourself 'til your flesh drops from your bones, you won't achieve anything. Even if you're a hard worker, you won't achieve more than feeding other hard workers. Even if you're very smart, whether you'll really discover something or do boring lab work with minor outcome the rest of your life is a matter of luck. Mostly bad luck. And so on.
    There is a serious lack of great motivating things for 90% of the population. And that's gotta change, because otherwise people will lock themselves up in video games.

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    01:15 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We humans tend to use the easier options don't we? And losers, in the end, they'll start their sentences with "what if" or/and "if only"...

    The only thing it will do is, parents' pensions will be reduced in the end due to recession, due to their children who don't earn any money at all. What is wrong with that? xP

    or at least in England..or correct me if I am wrong >.<

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:08 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    korean can only have 1 account by person

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not too unreasonable, considering there's a new mmorpg coming from korea like every other month

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:18 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>Who cares with the ban, if you still have another 11 characters!

    Who cares about the ban if you still have 18 other games to play from.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:41 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i play MHFKR and i put 3 accounts on one kssn so im pretty sure many korean children are borrowing kssn's from their parents so the ban wouldnt even affect them seeing as they'd be playing on an account they think is 30-40 years old lol. thank god ill still be able to play for sure lol

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    Comment by Shanyy
    05:04 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who cares with the ban, if you still have another 11 characters!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:11 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    free choice is an illusion, especially where these games are concerned. if they can force the companies to add in lockout periods as part of doing business in the country, then parents are irrelevant. I don't agree with this sort of over reaching big brother government, but I guess if you have the power might as well use it.

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    Comment by Jareth
    00:05 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow. Just when it was them who are actually the developers of most MMORPGs.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    00:08 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Come now. Of course parents can't be bothered with actual parenting.

    Comment by H-Ero
    01:19 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The parents are too busy playing MMOs.

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    Comment by Aliaus
    09:55 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least their in-game child is healthy

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    Comment by TNinja
    03:30 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So busy that a child starved to death.

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