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POLL: South Korea to impose the "Midnight Ban"
Neo7  posted on Dec 02, 2010 1:45:52 PM - Report post

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What this ban does: It will cut off the internet connection between the hours of 12:00AM and 6:00AM for underage users. Underage users are defined as people below the age of 18. The purpose of this is to prevent people from becoming gaming addicts (using the internet to do online multiplayer which is a huge problem in South Korea). Once you hit the magic age of 18, the ban no longer affects you.

How is the ban enforced: South Korean residence have given up some forms of privacy in order to have safer online experiences. Their KSSN (Korean Social Security Number) is tied with their accounts. This protects against identity theft as once an account is made with one KSSN, no other accounts can be made in their name. It also creates the infamous gated community that locks out foreigners from participating in their online game servers (for most games).

Note: This does not affect ability to play during other hours in anyway

I support this actually. No matter how you put it, I've seen extensive gaming into the night as a cause for severe problems in school academics (including myself).

You also have to understand that Korea is a nation based on really big cities that have PC-bangs (computer labs specifically built for people to game) as far as the eye can see in them. For super cheap rates (about 1 dollar for an hour) can have you playing games installed on those computers for extensive amounts of time. This of course leads to a much higher interest in gaming than you see in the US.

What do you think (also give the reason behind your answer too...this is after all the GD board).

[Edited by Neo7, 12/2/2010 1:59:07 PM]

Rise_Against  posted on Dec 02, 2010 1:49:20 PM - Report post

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Yes, but with unrestricted access during weekends and holidays.
Neo7  posted on Dec 02, 2010 2:02:31 PM - Report post

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Another interesting note is that nothing is preventing the kids from using their parent's accounts (though it usually means having to starting all over if they made progress on their own accounts).
Rise_Against  posted on Dec 02, 2010 2:04:41 PM - Report post

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Well really it should be the parents responsibility in the first place. My dad would kill me if I stayed up till those hours on a school-night.
Dhampy  posted on Dec 02, 2010 2:34:56 PM - Report post

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I don't have much of an opinion on the ban, but the method of enforcement is not legal due to US laws. It is illegal for anyone but government to index by SSN. The only way you could do it would be for a nationalization of all ISP's, but then you're in for a huge constitutional fight.
king-of-games  posted on Dec 02, 2010 9:00:54 PM - Report post

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No, it's stupid. At the end of the day we are individual and should take responsibility for our own actions regardless of if it is a so called addiction. If you want to battle addiction, a helping hand should be offered not dictation. If anything this should be an option for those who need help.

[Edited by king-of-games, 12/2/2010 9:01:51 PM]

yosup  posted on Dec 02, 2010 11:40:59 PM - Report post

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I would. Academics is far much more important than video gaming. It would probably help me.
saurabhfzd  posted on Dec 03, 2010 12:44:41 AM - Report post

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i support option number 2. week-ends should be all about fun unless..its exam time.
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