Overhype

by Carlo Longino


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children, europe, game consoles



Do Game Consoles Sold In Europe Have Power Buttons?

from the dept-of-redundancy dept

As Mike noted earlier, a new EU study says that video games are good for kids. But the BBC picked up on another angle of the report, saying that games should have a "red button" parents can press to disable inappropriate games their kids are playing. That makes you wonder: if game consoles sold in Europe don't have power buttons, how do people there turn them on? Because isn't that what such a "red button" would be, just a good ol' power switch? Ok, to be fair, many consoles' power buttons these days aren't red, but still -- if parents need a way to stop their kids playing, new laws or rules to force console makers to add a "red button" are pretty unnecessary when parents already have the ability to turn the consoles or computers off. But a law forcing parents to take responsibility is a much harder sell than putting blame on the game makers.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Feb 2009 @ 2:35pm

    Legislated 'good-parenting' is the biggest joke of our times. Legislators can do nothing to prevent children from playing inappropriate video games, watching R or X rated movies, smoking, or drinking... if parents are not actively involved.

    Forcing the industry to include these pointless 'child safety' devices is merely a method of increasing the size of the bureaucracy and spend more tax dollars. Such a 'red button' is just as easily circumvented as the famous V-chip TVs. A good parent knows what their kids are watching and discusses it with them. A bad (or simply not present parent, much the same thing) does not know, make an effort to find out, or control their kids.

    Having a red button becomes completely pointless if it is not used, or if the kid can circumvent it. Having a red button the kid cannot circumvent (being much more technically savvy than their parents on average) makes a product likely to be confusing and too difficult for the parent to operate... therefore making it go unused.

    See it for what it is, big government justifying and mandating its existence.

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