Hey look, some mildly interesting news that doesn’t involve North Korea:
South Korea’s government is close to adopting a “Cinderella” law to ban youngsters from playing online games past midnight amid growing concerns about Internet addiction, officials said Thursday.
A bill to be submitted to parliament as early as this month will require South Korean online game companies to cut off services at midnight for users registered as younger than 16, the culture and family ministries said.
The government is also considering requiring companies to limit young users’ access to online games to a maximum number of hours a week or a day if parents request this.
This kind of shit would never fly in America… corporate gaming execs would be bitching about it, teenagers would be bitching about it, parents would somehow find a reason to bitch about their responsibility being usurped… but this is a good law because:
Last month a 15-year-old South Korean boy committed suicide after killing his mother for scolding him over playing computer games too much.
In February a 32-year-old man died after reportedly playing for five days with few breaks.
A month later police arrested a couple accused of leaving their baby daughter to starve to death while they raised a “virtual” child on the Internet. The baby had long been malnourished, an autopsy showed.
That last one… WTF!! I swear I’m not making this up. It’s. Real. So kudos to the Korean government for trying to do something about it, for kids anyway. Not much you can do about the utter stupidity of grownups.