Korean Government Wages War On Gaming Addiction

Korean Government Wages War On Gaming Addiction

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In order to combat the growing trend of internet addiction among the populace, the South Korean government is releasing a free program that will limit the hours Korean gamers can spend on the internet.

There are two computer programs being developed that will be made available to battle gaming addiction. One is a program that will shut down the computer outside of the predetermined times, and another designed to make the player increasingly bored and stop of their own volition, though how exactly it would cause players to become bored has not yet been revealed. These programs are completely voluntary but the government is also stepping up educational programs to fight gaming addiction, with the addition of government-sponsored counseling classes specifically tailored to game addicts.

"Children start to play Internet games when they become fourth or fifth graders. They tend to be more attached to them as they grow up. Teenagers are under the control of their parents at home and are discouraged from accessing the Internet for long hours," Eo Gee-jun of the Korean Life Institute said. "Addicted adult gamers outnumber their teenager counterparts because the former are no longer under control of their parents."

Korea is not the first to enact such measures. China already has a number of programs in place that limit gaming, such as programs that reduce the capabilities of your character in an MMOG if you've played over three hours. Generally, they have been considered a success, though China also has made these programs mandatory, which increases their efficacy.

In Korea, three in ten adult gamers are addicted, while about 26 percent of youth gamers are addicted Gee-jun said. In South Korea, gaming addiction is considered to be a major social problem. These new measures will hopefully help, but as all the programs are completely voluntary, it does rely on the addict themselves admitting they have a problem and voluntarily seeking help, so how effective it will be remains to be seen.

Source: Korea Times via GamePolitics

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Well, while I hate seeing gamers stigmatized, I think Korea really does need it. For some reason, and I don't know why, they just seem to take it far more seriously than the west does.

I hope it's not too oppressive though.

However, if this gets seriously exported to the West (they've tried, but those 'video game addiction camps' are a joke) then I will be annoyed.

Furburt:
Well, while I hate seeing gamers stigmatized, I think Korea really does need it. For some reason, and I don't know why, they just seem to take it far more seriously than the west does.

I hope it's not too oppressive though.

Very very different mentality over there, things that are oppressive to us are quite the norm over there.

It's hard to tell if its a culture thing, or if there really IS an addictive nature to video games. If any place has the data to prove such a fact, I'd believe its China and Korea. But again, its hard to tell if its the culture/environment driving the addiction, or if its the games themselves.

At any rate, any poor bastard addicted to video games that voluntarily would like to treat it, or their family wants an intervention. More power to them. It's only bad if you realize it is, or enough people tell you it is, right?....right? ;)

Treat the problem, not the symptoms.

This from the country whose national sport is fucking Starcraft.

The Great JT:
This from the country whose national sport is fucking Starcraft.

Common misconception, it's actually Taekwondo.

You know, reading this puts me into the context that there may be another Genocide coming. Every where it seems are trying to stop games of all sorts and trying to stop people from playing them for what ever which reason. Sooner or later gamer will become a race and then oh boy...I'm scared.

Is this only in online games or all games (I guess I am stating this more towards the China bit)?

If its voluntary why fight it? Especially if its a problem there. If its not some giant oppresive force then more power to them I guess. I can see where problems like this can exist and if their government thinks it right then let them. Like I said its voluntary. When they make it mandatory then I will get angry but if someone is seeking help then let them be helped.

No matter when you live, there are gamers, and there are gamer addicts. Korea is just the first one taking steps to fight it? Parents already can set timer limits on computers and TVs anyway this is just the first time a government has stepped up to enforce limits on gaming time that I know of. Addiction is a problem, no matter if its chemical or other. Its the same problem on a different level. On one hand I think its the person's responsibility to handle themselves. Just as its your own fault if you go get drunk, skip work to play a game, or anything else. But if people need help fighting their urge to game then a choice to use the software sounds ok to me.... if people are neglecting things in life like eating, sleeping, work, school, etc, because they are drinking, doing drugs, gaming, or anything else its still a problem. If this stuff works it could help take some heat off the gaming culture a little so people can focus more on the killers, drugs, and sex offenders.

Without Starcraft, what will happen to their Vespene Gas based economy?!

I kid, they really are addicted. SHIT.

Furburt:

The Great JT:
This from the country whose national sport is fucking Starcraft.

Common misconception, it's actually Taekwondo.

Well, do you blame me for said misconception?

The Great JT:

Well, do you blame me for said misconception?

Given South Korea's gaming history, no. No I do not.

The Great JT:
This from the country whose national sport is fucking Starcraft.

Lol, another someone who thinks were're all Star-Craft fan-boys.S.Koreans love Starcraft and its called an E-Sport. I don't blame you. South Korea practically plays every game.

OT:Good for my relatives, they should really stop. I don't really care though, my relatives up there shouldn't be too affected. After all, they can just do something educational while they wait for their turn on the COMPUTER. Gaming isn't their blood. A mix of studying and gaming= Healthy Korean.

These programs are completely voluntary

Hence why they won't be anything more than mildly successful

The Great JT:

Furburt:

The Great JT:
This from the country whose national sport is fucking Starcraft.

Common misconception, it's actually Taekwondo.

Well, do you blame me for said misconception?

lol i was thinking the exact same coming into this story post..hah we had ONE south korean kid at our school, and my god he flew across that screen with starcraft power,the whole thing was just pure lag with how much he was doing, we had tons and tons of white kids go up against him and just get annihalated

Furburt:
Well, while I hate seeing gamers stigmatized, I think Korea really does need it. For some reason, and I don't know why, they just seem to take it far more seriously than the west does.

I hope it's not too oppressive though.

However, if this gets seriously exported to the West (they've tried, but those 'video game addiction camps' are a joke) then I will be annoyed.

Couldn't have put it better myself.

Also, gratz on 20k posts.

Mackheath:

Furburt:
Well, while I hate seeing gamers stigmatized, I think Korea really does need it. For some reason, and I don't know why, they just seem to take it far more seriously than the west does.

I hope it's not too oppressive though.

However, if this gets seriously exported to the West (they've tried, but those 'video game addiction camps' are a joke) then I will be annoyed.

Couldn't have put it better myself.

Also, gratz on 20k posts.

More Koreans are addicted because of various cultural pressures. Also, people tend to persue escapist behavior when REAL LIFE SUCKS.

Onyx Oblivion:

Without Starcraft, what will happen to their Vespene Gas based economy?!

I kid, they really are addicted. SHIT.

god, putting game addicts into rehab...now who will construct all the additional pylons they require to power the rehab centres? you tell me that!

generic gamer:

Onyx Oblivion:

Without Starcraft, what will happen to their Vespene Gas based economy?!

I kid, they really are addicted. SHIT.

god, putting game addicts into rehab...now who will construct all the additional pylons they require to power the rehab centres? you tell me that!

More then that, they're going to need more supply depot's to run the things.

generic gamer:

Onyx Oblivion:

Without Starcraft, what will happen to their Vespene Gas based economy?!

I kid, they really are addicted. SHIT.

god, putting game addicts into rehab...now who will construct all the additional pylons they require to power the rehab centres? you tell me that!

They won't have a chance to gather vespene gas or construct additional pylons when the government institutes its anti-addiction plan.

I think its funny they think they can stop them. I bet most gamers over there could hack whatever's stopping them with their eyes closed.

Ok, I'm actually surprised that the entire world government have fallen for this idiotic concept. I still stand by the belief that gaming cannot become an addiction. Thats like saying David Beckham is addicted to football. or Chuck Norris is addicted to martial arts. It's not an addiction its a way of life, its a skill base.

Plus, actually on topic, arnt 99% of all southern asian gamers actually gold farmers for WoW, FF, etc? As the old saying goes "10 cents an hour is good money in china".

They arnt addicted, they're just grinding RL money.

I didn't realize the numbers were that bad. I knew they had some intense MMO and RTS connections (due to some cultural basis) but I didn't know such a large percentage had a problem.

Generally I would be totally against things like this.; But given the problems some people have I might this time it may be needed...if at least for a little while

This has GOTTA be linked to a falling birth rate right?

Yay! No more korean guys kicking my butt in online games! I feel so happy.

 

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