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Submitted by -Mezzo- 630d ago | news

Under 18 Years Old? You Cannot Use the PSN in South Korea

Kotaku - Last year, the "Shutdown Law" was created in South Korea to prevent gamers under sixteen from gaming during a six-hour block at night. A year later, it's going to impact more than gamers under the age of sixteen. PlayStation gamers under 18 are getting screwed, too. (PS3)

XabiDaChosenOne  +   630d ago
Seriously? Must be gaming heaven over there, I'm about to make a South Korean account right now!
M-M  +   630d ago
Took the words right out of my mouth lol.
abzdine  +   630d ago
"From the sound of it, the PSN in South Korea will be PlayStation Plus only."

*facepalm*
*facepalm*
*facepalm*

A credit card info for checking doesn't mean they automatically will pay 50$. It's just a way for SCEK to check the age of the user.
SolidStoner  +   630d ago
and this should be all over the globe, or at least separate people under 18 with people over 18... Im so sick and tired of those random children ruining all online experiences...

you guys rock since you think the same! respect!!!
JoySticksFTW  +   630d ago
Reads headline...

South Korea gets a massive influx of gamers from around the world.

Honestly, that would take me back to the earlier days of ps3.

Playing Warhawk was so peaceful and a much more mature chill atmosphere due to kids couldn't afford the damn thing yet and the others were probably just too happy to be playing next gen games.

Oh Shoot!! Guys, just thought of something!

I know some people troll Xbox Live fees, but I would definitely pay extra to play online if there was a tier / servers with gamers 18+ only and maybe even more heavily modded to keep things civil.

You could still have access to general servers if you choose, but imagine if you will a safe(r) haven for more mature gamers. Goodness, that sounds amazing

Sigh... :')
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kreate  +   630d ago
South korean psn requires u to put ur social security number down or else u cant make a south korean account. This verifies ur age and gender.

Parents requested the government to take drastic action due to kids playing way too much games.

Not the the government trying to take control, but the ppl taking control of the government.
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insomnium2  +   629d ago
I would pay money to have the option to play with only 18+ people online. Sign in by verifying with your bank like we do with many important things (like filling in tax reports and stuff for example).

I would pay 20€ per year to have the option to block out the brats from my internets.
guitarded77  +   630d ago
That's what I was coming here to say :D

Man, when the PS3 was 500 - 600 dollars, there were pretty much just adults there. It was a wonderful place. As the price dropped, more parents bought PS3's for their kids and it is what it is today. It's not too bad compared to other services, but one shooter in particular brings out the tweens and their mouths.
SilentNegotiator  +   630d ago
Yeah, hardy har call of duty, kids, etc, etc.

But come on. A video game curfew when you were 16? Could you imagine? I was employed by 16. School and work, and the government telling me that I couldn't play games online when I got home? I would not be a happy young citizen.
SilentNegotiator  +   630d ago
Ah, my mistake. UNDER 16. But still, 15 is pretty old to have the government tell you when to turn off the video games.
Simon_Brezhnev  +   630d ago
Well they really do got a gaming addiction. I hope they can at least download demos. Most south koreans be on mmos ne wayz. They got some of the best in the business.
Majin-vegeta  +   630d ago
The COD players will be so happy.
ajax17  +   630d ago
Needs to happen here in North America. Especially on Xbox Live.
BranWheatKillah  +   630d ago
This sounds like the greatest thing to happen to online gaming... ever.
sashimi  +   630d ago
Whats the point about making an article about this specificity targeting psn? this is a general online gaming shutdown of minors -_- oh craptaku ^_^
MikeMyers  +   630d ago
The PC and Xbox 360 it says under 16, not 18. But you're right, it's not just PSN.
Hufandpuf  +   630d ago
Because this is going to happen in a few days. Why bring up the xbox when that is generally old news and to be fair, Kotaku did mention the xbox not allowing minors to play online but that was years ago. PSN blocking minors is happening now.
nevin1  +   630d ago
What was the reasoning of blocking minors from playing online anyway?
maddfoxx  +   630d ago
1. Online interations are not rated by ESRB
2. Some minors are annoying to play with/against.
knifefight  +   630d ago
Online interations are not rated by ESRB
Well in South Korea -- where this story is talking about -- NOTHING is rated by the ESRB. ;)

(The ESRB is a North American thing.)
TooTall19  +   630d ago
I didn't disagree with you, but the reason is to try to get kids to focus on their schoolwork. In SK teens spend a ton of time in school to prepare for a test that will decide where they can go to school. It's like an ACT/SAT, but way more important to them. That's what I've heard from some South Korean friends.
DarkBlood  +   630d ago
They really take it seriously up there, probably not a place i would want to be.
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Agent_hitman  +   630d ago
Sony is probably selling Hentai games on PSN in korea.. joke
extermin8or  +   630d ago
Um you are supposed to be 18+ to have a master account anyway... so this is only a slight change now I'm 18 idc if they start checking via Card etails or something, but glad they didn't when I got my PS3 back in 2008. Hell I got hacked once and had to phone up had to admit i wasn't 18 when I couldn't remember the DOB sony didn't care basically :p guy said it was common...
Just to add I never used a mic etc so I wasn't one of those annoying twats, and I wasn't actually allowed to play games like call of duty till I was 15... odd that my parents enforced this on me, but don't seem to bother with my younger brother who unfortunatly does have a mic and fits the stereotype of gobby little shit that plays nothing but COD and mouths off over the inernet frequently.... I'm ashamed to be related lol-loved the early days of the ps3 though when there was here hardly any of these "morons with mics"
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stage88  +   630d ago
If only this was for PSN globally... A man can dream.
kingPoS  +   629d ago
Oh man, the sweet irony. lol

The adults wants the teens off the online games... so we can enjoy them. Hahahahaha
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