Timed Online Gaming Restriction Possibly Coming To South Korea

February 17, 2012, By Christian Davis

Video game addiction is a much more serious problem than some of us realize. Neglecting bodily functions to finish “just one more match” could result in harm to the player and in some cases, death. The South Korean government is brainstorming ideas on how to solve this growing problem and have developed a ‘Cooling Off’ system.

This new system will regulate the duration a gamer can play during each 24 hours period. The South Korean government is concerned that rampant gaming in South Korea could lead to more deaths. We hear about it far too often and it does need to be regulated to some degree.

The Cooling Off system will shutdown the game after the gamer has spent two hours playing. The gamer will then have to wait 10 minutes before starting up again–allowing you to grab a snack or use the restroom. Once the brief break has ended, play can resume but only for another a maximum of two more hours–bringing the total to four. Afterwards, you will not be able to log back in  for another 24 hours.

South Korea already has a newly implemented ‘Shutdown Law’ which stops gamers under the age of 16 from gaming between midnight and 6am.  School associations are definitely liking this but the Korean Wireless Internet Industry Association said restrictive gaming privileges aren’t the answer.

What do you think?

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