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Underage Gamers Get 6-Hour Ban in South Korea

The Korea Herald reports that South Korea is cracking down midnight gaming for underage players, blocking 19 specific games for six hours in order to curb video game addiction amongst the country's youth. In addition, if underage gamers are found to be playing the titles for at least six hours during the day, the Internet connection will be throttled.

The new policy will ultimately offer gamers three choices: 12 a.m. to 6 a.m., 1 a.m. to 7 a.m., and 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. Titles that will suffer the six hour ban will include Maple Story, Mabinogi, Barmaeui Nara, and many others. Currently the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism is testing the new limits on Dungeon & Fighter, Dragon Nest, and two other unnamed MMORPGs.

"The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism intends to establish a countermeasure for youths using their parents' resident registration number to set-up online accounts sometime in the first half of this year," the Korea Herald said.

MMORPGs encompass approximately 79-percent of South Korea's online game market.