New Law to Limit Game Times for Young Teens

The National Assembly's legislation and judiciary committee unanimously passed a law on a shutdown program for online games on Wednesday.

When the program goes into effect, those under the age of 16 will be banned from playing online games between midnight and 6 a.m.

While the move is aimed at protecting children from game addiction, it is not clear if it will effectively reduce game-playing hours as only a small portion of young gamers play during the curfew hours.

Meanwhile, the extent of the program's application remains an issue. The Culture Ministry argues that it should apply only to online games played on computers, while the Family Ministry insists it should include all platforms.

Arirang News / Apr. 21, 2011 11:37 KST