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Sony Shuts PSN Down Overnights for Underage Korean Gamers


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148w ago - Today Sony Computer Entertainment of Korea (SCEK) has [Register or Login to view links] that PSN will be shutdown overnights for underage Korean gamers in an effort to comply South Korea's Shutdown Law and prevent players under sixteen from gaming during the six hour block.

To quote from Kotaku (linked above): "The law is designed to limit Korean youth's late night gaming as well as online game addiction. It also aims to ensure Korean youth get six hours of sleep each night, with online gaming banned between midnight and 6am.

Starting Nov. 18, Sony will not allow players under the age of sixteen to make new PSN accounts in South Korea as well as prevent them from logging onto the PSN.

Both Sony and Microsoft are saying it is difficult to develop and implement shutdown systems for under-sixteen players in such a short window of time. Sony cannot say when it will have a system up and running, and it will announce how it will handle the PS Vita at a later date.

The Sony shutdown system would allow under 16-year-old players to log in during the day, but prevent them from playing between midnight and 6am. It would also prevent them from making new accounts, meaning that Sony of Korea would probably be monitoring the accounts by IP addresses.

While PSN users must enter their age and birthday when making an account, Microsoft of Korea apparently doesn't collect age data for all players, complicating enforcement. Thus, Microsoft is actually considering shutting down Xbox Live for all players, regardless of age, during the designated shutdown block.

Nintendo of Korea has yet to reveal how it will deal with enforcing the Shutdown Law."



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KirasiN91's Avatar
#28 - KirasiN91 - 148w ago
Hmm, sounds ridiculous. It's the parents that should moderate their kids, not some company. And pardon me for the following:

Imagine this law in the US all those CoD kiddies, instead of raging and whining online they would drive their poor parents to insanity.

Bartholomy's Avatar
#27 - Bartholomy - 148w ago
I'm not surprised at all, instead

True, koreans and japanese are the top end students Not a surprise both are the best, beautiful and futuristic countries , 50 years over the rest of the world

SwordOfWar's Avatar
#26 - SwordOfWar - 148w ago
You have to enter social security codes in Korean PSN accounts?! So what your telling me, is that when the PSN database gets hacked, not only will they have your credit card information, but they will have your name and social security number as well?!

I don't usually hate on other countries but, Korea is worse than I thought it was. They are fools if they let Sony hold user's social security numbers.

CS67700's Avatar
#25 - CS67700 - 148w ago
Education is important in Korea, in the top 10 students of any big university you're almost sure there is always a Korean on top.
Korean students study at least 10-15 hours per day, outside private courses (and they all have some).

And, that choice was made because some young boys were found dead in internet cafe from playing 2-3 days non stop without drinking and eating. Its crazy really.

When Koreans get into something, they get in it a lot.

Bartholomy's Avatar
#24 - Bartholomy - 148w ago
uhm, maybe more communist, looking the world area? Repression, freedom under control. Uhm, their neighboorhood is a virus..

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