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November 15, 2011 // 7:40 pm - Today Sony Computer Entertainment of Korea (SCEK) has announced 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."

Sony Shuts PSN Down Overnights for Underage Korean Gamers

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#33 - anon777 - November 18, 2011 // 5:04 pm
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WTF is a underage gamer they make it sound like gaming is drug or something and if there parents says its ok for there kids to play the game late who is anybody to stop that. when grades start droppin take there system away. just put fake information or use a proxy and your good to go

#32 - Bartholomy - November 18, 2011 // 6:48 am
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IF , like an user was thinking, security card is needed, you cannot fake your account If (like i remember) you can write 1960 as birth, well, ye

#31 - oshada - November 18, 2011 // 3:54 am
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i guess changing the date of birth in account may let them play overnight...

#30 - elser1 - November 16, 2011 // 1:48 pm
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but they still smoke cigarettes under 16 and shoot up drugs and all the rest.. people need to take responsibility for there own lives.. i'm sure you will see "the video game barons"popping up in always.. LOL

#29 - Bartholomy - November 16, 2011 // 12:58 pm
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PFff, hahahaha

#28 - KirasiN91 - November 16, 2011 // 12:33 pm
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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.

#27 - Bartholomy - November 16, 2011 // 10:19 am
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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

#26 - SwordOfWar - November 16, 2011 // 10:12 am
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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.

#25 - CS67700 - November 16, 2011 // 7:38 am
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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.

#24 - Bartholomy - November 16, 2011 // 4:51 am
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uhm, maybe more communist, looking the world area? Repression, freedom under control. Uhm, their neighboorhood is a virus..