I ran across this article (article) recently about how the Korean government is implementing laws to restrict gaming among youths and found it to be very interesting. I neither agree or disagree with what the Korean government is doing, but I believe this is the first time a government is openly addressing the issue of gaming addiction and it may open up the gates for other countries/companies to start similar initiatives. Yes the implementation will be difficult but the fact that a governing body has acknowledged gaming addiction as a problem may lead the future of esports, MMOs in a different direction than where it is today.
Obviously, non-gamers would be strong proponents of these kinda policies, but I'm interested in seeing how the gaming community (specifically a MMO community) would react. And yes, I know that FFXIV isn't really a game that has the appeal or allure to cause people to quit their jobs/skip classes, neglect their children, etc etc.. but many of us playing were once ffxi or WoW vets and those games certainly had what it took to "ruin lives".
Let me know what you think!
This is my first poll so please forgive any weird formatting issues.
Edit: ok obviously the poll failed.. so just voice your opinions lol
Edited, Apr 22nd 2011 12:05pm by lightacadi