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, 17 Feb 2009 @ 12:01pm

    Re: Whoever wrote this is a _______

    every modern console does have parental control options. but that is besides the point, the parents don't care to look and set it up until they catch their kid playing "Bang the Hooker 9000" or "Gore-Alot 2099".

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