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 @ 3:39pm

    Re: Parental Controls are built into every current console

    >The Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 all have parental >control settings available for concerned parents. With a >few button presses, a parent can restrict what games can be >played on the consoles based on the age ratings for that >region. So parents can restrict what games their kids can >play based on the ratings provided by the ESRB in the USA, >BBFC/PEGI in Europe, OFLC in Australia and CERO in Japan, >among others.

    And If you want to know how to set your parental controls ask your kid.

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