Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cover Your Eyes -- Nintento 3DS Is Here

Did you hear about Nintendo’s warning regarding young children’s use of its soon to be released Nintendo 3DS System?  According to Nintendo, “Vision of children under the age of six has been said [to be in the] developmental stage.”  Apparently the company is worried that because the 3DS system “delivers 3D images with different left and right images, [the system may have] a potential impact on the growth of children’s eyes.”

In July, Sony warned of similar issues with its PlayStation 3:  “Some people may experience discomfort (such as eye strain, eye fatigue or nausea) while watching 3D video images or playing stereoscopic 3D games on 3D televisions."

Some commentators feel that the dangers may be exaggerated, and that Nintendo and Sony are just “covering their asses” in case there is some legal suit down the road trying to pin liability for eye problems on the companies.

This may, in fact, be true, but as has been demonstrated before, too much television, computers, video games, etc., is NEVER good, 3D or otherwise.  (

Maybe a warning from the manufacturers themselves about keeping young children away from these games, taking breaks, and watching for potential eye problems is simply overdue.

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