A Country With No Late Night Online Gaming

Starting March 3, those hoping to play online games between 10pm and 8am in Vietnam will need to find a workaround. The country's Ministry of Information and Communication has asked internet service providers to block access to online games.

"Provincial departments of information and communication will inspect on-line games activities nationwide and deal with organizations that violate regulations by cancelling their services," said the ministry's Deputy Minister Le Nam Thang (via Info.VN).

The measure seems to target Vietnam's youth who spend their nights in game parlors, but online game operators say that this measure will make gaming more difficult for adults who want to game as well as making maintenance harder.

The Vietnamese government will revise this decree sometime this year and make improvements. Not sure how one can improve an internet curfew, but good luck with that!

Late-night game parlours to be banned after 10pm [Info.VN][Pic]


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    This law seems really odd.

    1.) It won't change gaming habits as you can still play single player.
    2.) It won't get rid of internet cafes (and the possible hooliganism that comes into play with youths gathering late at night) because being physically closer to people will be even more important as they switch to LAN playing.
    3.) I am sure this is something any dedicated group could foil by creating secure connections or proxys so that the ISP doesn't know what they're connecting to.

    All I can fathom from this is that the government is trying to prevent potential plotting that could be orchestrated through unmonitored game channels. One could assume that during the day people would be otherwise occupied. The clincher for this theory would come if they also block access to things like instant messengers or IRC.

    It's about to suck badly for shift workers in Vietnam!

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