Report: Youth Unphased by Vietnam's Online Curfew

March 8, 2011 -

The Vietnamese government see online gaming as the black magic of our time and blame the activity for everything from robberies and violent crimes among teens to bad grades and even the occasional murder. So the government got tough with teens and with Internet cafes that serve up the wickedness to them and the rest of the Vietnamese population.

A curfew was put in place to curb gameplay; now everyone in the country is banned from playing games after 10 PM and before 8 AM. While cafe owners are feeling the bite of lost revenues during those peak playing hours (some report a decline of about 25 percent in profits), teens seem mostly unaffected. This despite the fact that this new curfew has been in place since March 3.

In a country where Internet access is already spotty (not in many homes either) it seems that most Vietnamese citizens are rolling with the punches and adjusting their play times to fit into the window of availability.

One example cited by this Monsters & Critics report is 20-year-old engineering student Le Duc Trung, who spends about two hours per day playing an online fighting game called Gunbound. Trung said that he enjoys playing the game and spends lots of money on premium game items.

"I still play, but I go home at 10 pm," he said, the lights of the screen dancing off his face.

Another student, 25-year-old "Linh" didn't want to give too many details about himself, but did say that he still played online games despite the restrictions.

"Young people still play. It is really popular," he said.

Shop owners are not so casual about the new curfew, but are careful in how they protest it. Twenty-Two-year-old shop manager Nguyen Van Dung (who runs an unnamed cafe on Le Thanh Nghi street in Hanoi), said the police have forced him to close since last October.

"Of course we have lost a lot of money," he said. "Most of our customers play at night. We used to make 2 million dong but now we make about 1.5 million (72 dollars) a night."

The government says that they have done this for the health and well being of the public. Luu Vu Hai, a senior official at the Information Ministry in Hanoi told the German Press Agency dpa that online games keep children away from classes, and keeps them from earning money at jobs. The official added that the consequences of online gaming "could be deadly."

"They (online gamers) find ways to make money by stealing and robbing, even killing people to get money," Hai said.

Despite saying all that Hai admits there are limitations to what the police and the government can do to curtail late night gaming.

"The problem is that our force is thin while we have many online game shops, so we cannot check all of them."

Gamer Linh concurs:

"Many cafes are still open after 10 pm," he said. "They just shut the door. They don't stop taking customers." Perhaps that is the real reason so many young people in Hanoi are coping so well with this new curfew. Of course, it shouldn't be illegal for the entire population to play games after 10 PM..

Source: Monsters & Critics


Comments

Re: Report: Youth Unphased by Vietnam's Online Curfew

our internet access is sooo $%&@ no one noticed when it got $%&@ier also people break the new law all the time and we cant stop them.

theres a word for this "failure"

Re: Report: Youth Unphased by Vietnam's Online Curfew

Is that... Is that a dude riding a dolphin next to a cheering girl in that picture?

Typical vietnamese afternoon?

 

Re: Report: Youth Unphased by Vietnam's Online Curfew

Whew, dodged the bullet there. It's a good thing that teens don't want money for anything other then playing online video games after 10pm. Otherwise their whole nation would be awash in blood from all the teens who are willing to kill anyone for money to play online after 10pm.

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Did Microsoft pay too much ($2.5 billion) for Minecraft developer Mojang?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
ConsterSleaker: if you think there's only been "a handful of" incidents, you have your head stuck *somewhere* - I'm assuming it's sand.09/20/2014 - 5:38am
prh99Most of it's agitprop clickbait anyway.09/20/2014 - 5:27am
prh99A good reason to stop reading reguardless of view pointhttp://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/apr/12/news-is-bad-rolf-dobelli.09/20/2014 - 5:22am
Andrew EisenWell this is unique! A musical critique of the Factual Feminist's "Are Video Games Sexist?" video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K4s7cV4Us409/20/2014 - 2:41am
Andrew EisenSome locked threads. Some let them be. So, no, I'm not seeing a problem here. No corruption. No collusion. No ethical problem with privately discussing ethics.09/20/2014 - 12:48am
Andrew EisenAnd still, in the end, Tito made up his own mind on how to handle his site. All 150 or so members went off to handle their own sites in their own ways. Some talked about it. Some didn't. Some changed disclosure policies. Some didn't.09/20/2014 - 12:40am
Andrew EisenThere were two comments other than Kochera and Tito's. One pointed out the Escapist Code of Conduct, another comment was in support of Tito.09/20/2014 - 12:40am
Andrew EisenKochera privately expressed his disagreement on how Tito decided to do something. No, I don't consider that crossing a line nor do I consider the exchange an example of the group pressuring him.09/20/2014 - 12:36am
Kronotechnical reasons. Anyways, I need to get to sleep as well.09/20/2014 - 12:29am
KronoAnd he wasn't the only one pushing Tito to censor the thread. If Tito had bowed to peer pressure, we likely wouldn't have gotten this http://goo.gl/vKiYtR which grew out of that thread. Said thread also lasted until a new one needed to be made for09/20/2014 - 12:28am
Krono@Andrew So it's an example of Kuchera crossing the line from reporter to advocate. And an example of the group pressuring for censorship.09/20/2014 - 12:21am
E. Zachary KnightAnyway, I am off to bed. I will probably wake up to all of this being knocked off the shout box.09/20/2014 - 12:20am
E. Zachary KnightKrono, that is the type of reading too much into things that bugs me. Ben did no such thing. Greg had the last word in that part of the exchange. The rest was about how to approach the story and Quinn.09/20/2014 - 12:19am
Andrew EisenSo?09/20/2014 - 12:13am
KronoExcept that the forum thread wasn't harassment, and Kuchera continued to push for the thread's removal after Tito made it clear he didn't consider it harassment.09/20/2014 - 12:12am
Andrew EisenPersonally, I see nothing wrong with someone offering their opinion or the other person making up their own mind on how to run their site.09/20/2014 - 12:06am
E. Zachary KnightKrono, I read nothing of the sort in that email chain. I read Ben giving advice on what to do when a forum thread is used to harass someone and spread falshoods about them and others.09/20/2014 - 12:05am
KronoThat's exactly what Ben Kuchera was doing to Greg Tito.09/19/2014 - 11:58pm
Krono@EZK So you see nothing wrong with one journalist pressuring a journalist from a different organization to not only not run a story, but to censor a civil discussion already taking place?09/19/2014 - 11:56pm
E. Zachary KnightI write for a number of blogs and talk to people who write similar blogs all the time for tips and advice. I see nothing wrong with that.09/19/2014 - 11:50pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician