Nintendo Issues 3-D Game Warning for Children

Wall Street Journal

Staring at this image for an entended amount of time is similiar to playing 3D games for hours.

Nintendo Co. warned that young children shouldn’t play three-dimensional games on a hotly anticipated new game device, citing possible health risks and raising concerns about a technology that many hoped would boost the appeal of 3-D entertainment in the home.

The Japanese company said on its website that children under 6 years old shouldn’t play 3-D games on the coming Nintendo 3DS hand-held game machine, due for release in Japan in February. The company said looking at 3-D images for a long period of time could have an adverse effect on the eyesight development of young children.

Unlike movie theaters and most high-end television sets on the market today, the Nintendo 3DS is expected to be among the first mainstream products to deliver 3-D images to viewers without requiring them to wear specialized glasses.

Given scant evidence of medical dangers, it wasn’t known what prompted the warning from Nintendo, which echoed that of other 3-D manufacturers. Some people in the industry speculated that it was a prospective effort to fend off litigation.

It remains unclear whether the 3-D offerings that don’t require glasses carry any greater risk than the more common variety that use glasses. At least one 3-D product that uses glasses, Sony Corp.’s PlayStation3, carries a similar warning.

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