Several months ago, the South Korean government put into effect the “Shutdown Law,” which bans online gaming to all teenagers from 12 A.M. to 6 A.M. every night.
The law was introduced mainly by the Ministry of Gender Equality & Family, in an attempt to reduce game addiction among teenagers. Battle.net, Xbox Live, Playstation Network – all of these are now shut down, every night, in Korea.
However, several months have passed, and the law proves to be pretty useless. The law is easily circumventable – using an adult’s social security number when creating the account would immunize one from the law altogether.
In fact, the companies affected, such as Microsoft and Sony, do not support this law, as it affects a big portion of their audience. Not to mention that there is a great amount of single-player games that the teenagers can enjoy.
The law is useless and ineffective. The government regulating when children play video games is nothing short of a totalitarian action – “[totalitarian is defined as] of, denoting, relating to, or characteristic of a dictatorial one-party state that regulates every realm of life.”