Recently a law was put into effect in South Korea that would keep minors under sixteen from playing video games during a six hour block at night. This law has been dubbed the “Shutdown Law” and has already affected both the XBOX Live and PSN services. Two separate fronts however are challenging the legality of the law.
Parents and teenagers working in conjunction with a South Korean organization representing culture claim that the law is encroaching upon a parent’s rights to educated their own children. Not only that but they contest that the law also infringes upon equal opportunity rights as well.
The other attack comes from companies like Nexon, Neowiz, and NCsoft, who filed a petition stating that the law is unconstitutional.
In defense of the law, the Minister of Gender Equality and Family stated that the law is a “bare minimum” to protect teenagers.
The courts are paying attention to the arguments against the law and are debating on the legality of the Shutdown Law. If the courts do decide that the law is not just then this will be a first for South Korea.
Obsessive gaming can be a problem in this day and age but in reality parents should be stepping up and doing something about it, not the government. Although it does say something that when a government steps in to fix a problem, the parents aren’t doing their jobs very well. So should we blame the government for trying to fix rampant bad parenting?