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 @ 5:41am

    Re: In addition

    My mom was the most technically inept person you waould ever meat, while I was writing c programs and hanging out on msg boards running up the phone bill, she was trying to figure out which VCR cord to plug into the pc. When it came to games, she would simply sit next to me for 20 or thirty min and watch. She hated video games, but she wanted a feel for what I was doing. And god help me if she said no and i ignored her.

    She probably couldn't have figured out how to turn of a Nintendo, point being she never had to!

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