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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    usmcdvldg, 15 Feb 2009 @ 5:34am

    Re: Re: Whoever wrote this is a _______

    Holy fucking shit! A responsible parent??? OMG not in America, how do you possibly do it without legislators legalizing abilities for you.

    Why are my civil liberties always under assault because parents don't know how to be parents. ( I know off topic a little in this case)

    When I was a kid, my mom yelling no would have been enough to make me stop breathing until I received permission let alone playing a video game.

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