There are all kinds of studies about video games and kids and how much time they should spend using them and whether or not they do kids any favors at all, but this post is not about one of those studies.
No. This is more direct.
Nintendo, the company that makes the 3DS, for which you don’t need 3D glasses, has issued a statement saying that children under 6 should not play with the 3DS because “looking at 3-D images for a long time could possibly have a negative impact on the growth of their eyes.”
If you take that out of tortured corporate-ese and translate it into English it says this: Don’t let your kids who are 6 and younger play with the Nintendo 3DS.
There’s a 2D version and if they’re going to play, let them use that. The company will provide a pin code that you can use to protect the 3D content.
According to the Wall Street Journal report, Nintendo is not alone in issuing this warning:
The company also warns that adults who play video games shouldn’t play with the 3Ds Nintendo for more than 30 minutes at a stretch. And, in case you’re not sure what to do if you’re playing the game and begin to feel ill, the company knows: You should stop playing immediately.
The Nintendo 3DS will be released in Japan on February 26th. Apparently people haven’t been excited about a release since the Nintendo Wii came out in 2006.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has been more successful than its competitors in reaching a younger audience of gamers. But the question of what age group they’ll market this product to remains wide open. Maybe potential lawsuits will keep them from marketing them to kids under 6. We can only hope.
In the meantime, when it comes to 3D video games, no matter the brand, buyer beware.
Would you buy a 3DS for your kids whether they’re under 6 or older?