Teens Hit With Midnight Video Game Curfew

6-hour 'Midnight Shutdown' aims to get underage gamers some sleep
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Suggested by outofsorts
Posted Apr 13, 2010 11:55 AM CDT
Visitors play video games at the 'G star 2006' Game Show on November 9, 2006 in Goyang, South Korea.    (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Here's a novel sort of curfew: Teenagers in South Korea will be prevented from staying up all night to play online video games by a 6-hour blackout period. It's being called the "Midnight Shutdown," but the culture ministry's decree actually gives underage gamers the choice of midnight to 6am, 1 to 7am, or 2 to 8am. The goal is to fight video game addiction and insure that kids get their beauty sleep.

The country is also testing a scheme in which internet connection speeds will slow to a crawl for underage gamers who log too many consecutive hours, the Korea Herald reports. It's being tried out on four hugely popular role-playing games and will be extended to 19 if it's successful.

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