Vietnam Bans Online Gaming from 10 PM to 8 AM

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So much for those late night gaming sessions in Vietnam. The country is placing a ban on all online gaming activity from 10 PM to 8 AM in order to protect the youth from wasting their brains, according to the Daily News.

“Provincial departments of information and communication will inspect on-line games activities nationwide and deal with organisations that violate regulations by cancelling their services,” Vietnamese deputy minister Le Nam Thang said, adding that officials have tried other methods which have not proven effective.

While being addicted to gaming at a young age is bad, the fact that a country puts a ban on all gaming for everyone is a travesty. Adults should at least have the right to play whenever the want and should be punished for illegal activities (such as illegal online betting) not for just playing a few hours than what some might consider normal. It should be up to children’s parents to decide when and where their offspring should be allowed to play, not the government.

According to the article, internet service providers have until March 3 to comply with the shut off or they will be cut off by the Vietnamese government. Gamasutra points out that China has put stringent restrictions on their country’s youth gamers including making games with “unwholesome” content including pornography, violence, gambling, cults and material classified as “cruel” or “horrifying” illegal, outlawing real currency in games in lieu of virtual currency and put heavy restrictions on minors “buying” products in the gaming world, but none seem as extreme – or unwarranted – as this.

Is the 10PM curfew too much governmental influence in people’s lives or a necessary evil to curb online gaming addiction?

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