3DS to have a "3D lock" for parents

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  1. granville
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    It was posted earlier this week (and back at E3) that Nintendo is warning gamers that the 3D effect on the Nintendo 3DS can harm some people's eyes if used to frequently. This warning is especially strong towards young children, age 6 or younger. Their reasons are that young kids are still in development and the 3D effect could damage their eyes if used too much. Nintendo is heavily recommending frequent breaks for regular gamers as well. Of course, warnings like this are nothing new at all, Nintendo and other such companies have been putting out warnings like this for years now. Mostly due to seizures, such as the mandatory warning screen that pops up every time you power you DS up. They always recommend you take frequent breaks when gaming for long periods. In general, these warnings are set in place to avoid lawsuits from gamers and/or parents who don't read the rules properly and don't understand the "risks".

    Though this may seem as if Nintendo is simply taking precaution and warning people to prevent any sort of lawsuit, the possibility of damaging small children's eyes is apparently considered enough of a liability to the company that they have decided to install a software lockout function on every 3DS unit. This lockout is in the form of a parental code. If the lock is activated, the 3D effect will not function under any circumstance unless the user knows the password. Even the slider on the right side of the 3D screen will not function at all if the lock is initiated.

    As stated though, this may simply be a precaution to prevent against any potential lawsuits by angry parents or even gamers. Only time will tell if the 3DS's 3D effect will cause any real world harm. Though 3D has been known to cause eye strain and other such issues with people in the past, there's not much to base an analysis about the 3DS' way of doing the effect. [/p]
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  2. Eighteen

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    Yeah..
    aww.. Yeah I can understand childrens eyes can get a bit messed up because you need to cross your eyes a very tiiiiiiiny bit.
    but oh well [​IMG] Full 3D-ness for meeeeeeeeeeee!!
     
  3. Evo.lve

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    Away from you.
    Nintendo finally got something right.
     
  4. DryYoshi

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    Actually expected this...
    Hah, you little kids can't see the 3D but I can!
     
  5. Evo.lve

    Evo.lve All that you could be.

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    Away from you.
    More like, hah, you little kids' eyes won't be fucked up but mine will! How do you like them apples?
     
  6. monkat

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    Heh. Good!

    If they're anything like me (other than my inability to see most 3D), they would think that it would be worth it in the short-term and ruin their vision for it.

    But regrets are for fools, so this is neither here nor there.
     
  7. Vulpes Abnocto

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    So you get your kid the first 3D handheld system...and then restrict their access to one of the main features?

    Why not just get them a DSi if it's that much of a worry?
     
  8. monkat

    monkat I'd like to see you TRY to ban me. (Should I try?.

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    Cuz they won't sell them forever?

    Also, parents won't restrict the access. Have you ever met a parent / grandparent who doesn't know anything about technology? Or hell, have you ever met an American parent in general? Don't give a rat's ass what their children are doing as long as they're not bugging them.
     
  9. ByteMunch

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    This really is nothing new... It's like making the DSi's Internet parental controls front page news... and its optional anyways.
     
  10. Fear Zoa

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    One word......Zelda........

    Nah seriously I'm only getting the thing for the games....
     
  11. Mike&Ike

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    So if the kids are using 3D and it still messes up there eyes, would it be the parents
    fault for letting them access the 3D features?
     
  12. DigitalDeviant

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    well Nintendo is tryting to avoid liability for it, as they have tried in the past, this seems to avoid most legal battles.

    side note: what if someone disables the 3d without your permission and "forgets" the password?
     
  13. 8BitWalugi

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    Are you trying to be funny?
     
  14. Minox

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    Nintendo is just covering their own ass by making it look like they've tried to prevent possible damage to the eyes. In reality they don't care and the 3D lock is likely to never be used at all by the general crowd.
     
  15. awssk8er

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    I don't even plan to use the 3D features anyway.
     
  16. Eighteen

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    Yeah..
    I won't let little kids touch my 3DS anyhoo [​IMG]... all they do is delete my pokemon save files.. and every other save files for all that matter >_>
    not to mention fingerprints all over mixed with drewl... [​IMG]......

    EDIT: EVEN on the TOP screen [​IMG]............pff....
     
  17. granville
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    I wouldn't say the 3D effect is in any way the main reason i am considering a 3DS. In fact, i'd say it's low on my list. The 3DS appeals to me due to the game lineup thus far. Heck, even though i'm no graphics whore by any means, the new visuals the 3DS provides rank above the 3D effect in reasons i want the system. The 3D effect is really low on my reasons for wanting it.
     
  18. Maplemage

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    Why would you care?
    Ikr? Man when I buy a 3DS and my little brother see's me playing a mario game, its to late!
     
  19. Eighteen

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    Yeah..
    Yeah totally!! [​IMG]
    when my brothers 2 little girls come over, I will sooo hide that thing somewhere impossible... like IN my pillow or something [​IMG]
    ..They will never ever know I have a 3DS [​IMG]
     
  20. ericling

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    Absolutely brilliant move by Nintendo.
    At least parents won't be worrying about their kid's eyes messing up if the parents can't control their kid [​IMG]