According to, Microsoft Korea sent out an email yesterday telling folk that from Nov 27, it would no longer provide XBox Live Service to those under 18 living in Korea.

That means no more online gaming or downloading content on the XBox.

On a positive note, it also means no longer getting pawned by Korean middle school kids in COD.

Microsoft Korea is saying this is because of Korea’s computer gaming law that bans those under 16 from playing online games past midnight. Microsoft Korea said it would be too difficult to implemented a system that would suspend service to minors at specific times of the day, or block minors at the request of their parents in a worldwide service.

Local game services are following the law, but global services like XBox Live are not. Anyway, terminating service for minors was the best option to keep XBox Live alive in Korea, Microsoft Korea explained.

Even non-minor users of XBox Live in Korea will need to undergo I-Pin verification through XBox’s homepage.

Blotter notes the irony of the gaming law, namely, that it does not apply to offline gaming.

In June, Sony “temporarily” suspended service of its PS Store in Korea because of the gaming law. It has yet to be reopened.

Marmot’s Note: Government regulators in the Most Wired Nation on Earth score another own goal. Still, it’s an own goal I stand to benefit from, so good job, I say.

On a related note, making my way slowly through Black Ops II’s campaign. Like what I see so far. And I sort of missed Manuel Noriega.