In this week's Headline, we've looked at five different countries' approaches to regulating gaming.
China: On August 30th 2021, a new law was announced that said that people under the age of 18 could only play video games between 8-9pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Game companies that do not enforce these rules can be punished
Germany: In the past, video games that the government believed to be too violent were banned or censored – for example, by changing the colour of blood to green or changing humans to robots.
UK: Legally all video games must be rated to show which ages they are appropriate for. Video games cannot be sold to anyone who is younger than a game’s rating.
Japan: Players are alerted if they spend too long each month playing games.
South Korea: On August 25th 2021, out of respect for young people’s rights, the government announced plans to scrap a law that stopped people under the age of 16 from playing video games between midnight and 6am. Instead, young people can request a “choice permit” for each game they play – which helps them to set designated hours of play for each game with their parents’ agreement.
Which approach is best?
You might want to think about what "best" means to you. Do you think best means most sensible? Most fair? Most respectful of young people's rights? Most strict?
In your comments, explain what "best" means to you and then outline which country has got the best approach to gaming.