Local aficionados of online games will only be allowed to play during a certain period of time and for a particular amount of hours. Players under 18 years old must only play multiplayer online games from 8am to 10pm and for no more than 180 minutes a day, according t a draft circular intended to provide guidance for the government's Decree No.72 that oversees the management of the online game business. Multiplayer online game is defined as a multiplayer video game which can be played via a game server, operated by businesses, over the Internet. Game operators are also required to repeatedly inform players of information about the content rating of the games they are providing, as well as displaying the caution "Playing game for more than 180 minutes a day will harm your health" on their website homepages, forums, and the game playing screens. The operators should also apply technical measures to ensure that gamers cannot play for more than three hours a day even when they … [Read more...] about Online gamers banned from playing over 3 hours a day
Violent video games should not be banned
Some participants of a June 6 discussion on Ho Chi Minh City Television's "Speak and Act" dialogue program said online gaming should be regulated like tobacco and alcohol because internet games have created many addicts, badly affecting their lives. The rate of young people, including many students, addicted to online gaming is quite high, according to Ms. Pham Phuong Thao, chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City's People's Council, adding that a recent survey conducted at 100 internet shops and 1,000 young people, revealed that two-thirds primary and high school students are slaves to the internet video game industry. Huynh Cong Minh, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training, fretted because games on internet badly affect the brains of the players. Schools cannot solve the issue alone and require the contribution of families and the community at large. Deputy Vo Van Sen criticized the city's Department of Information and Communication(DIC)'s as … [Read more...] about Regulate online gaming like tobacco and alcohol, say participants
Vietnamese authorities prepare to crack down on online gaming A young boy plays online games at an Internet shop on Tran Quang Khai Street in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1. Vietnamese authorities are poised to issue a stringent clampdown on the online gaming industry, a move decried as unfeasible and unwise by critics. … [Read more...] about Game over!
Governments cannot ban the sale or rental of violent video games to minors because it would violate free-speech rights, the US Supreme Court said on Monday in its first ruling in a video game case. Mature video games are shown in this photograph taken in Encinitas. … [Read more...] about US court strikes down minor violent video game ban
Your Say (21-08-2009) Fights at schools raise concerns about root causes of violence Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers for their opinions on the rise of fighting between students at schools, a trend that has even led to brawls between female pupils. Here is some of the feedback: Bui Duy Thanh Mai, Vietnamese, New York Nowadays, with the popularity of video games, especially violent games (as well as movies), school violence is usually seen as the result of children spending hours killing monsters on the computer screen. However, I do not think violent video games should take all the blame. As Vietnamese society is developing at break-neck speed, every member of this society is affected in some way, good and bad. Adults experience a growing commitment to work harder, longer and better to support their family. Children and teenagers are also expected to know more, achieve more and develop faster. In such a state of affairs, it is very difficult for anyone to escape the stress … [Read more...] about Fights at schools raise concerns about root causes of violence