Nintendo 3DS may track usage, allow parents to monitor

There are many exciting features that have been unveiled with regard to the 3DS. However, there may soon be a feature that sparks intense debates. According to N4G via GameRant, “During a recent shareholder’s meeting, Satoru Iwata, CEO of Nintendo, revealed that Nintendo is working on a system that may prohibit young gamers from playing their 3DS excessively.”

During Nintendo’s Investor Q&A, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata was asked by a worried parent what Nintendo’s recommended console usage is. The parent went on to state that he had set limits on the amount of time that his son could play video games, but that the limits had absolutely no effect.

Iwata responded by talking about a recent study that Nintendo had completed. The study was designed to determine how socially acceptable gaming is as an entertainment medium. According to the chart that was presented, gaming does appear to be lagging behind most other forms of entertainment. The chart can be seen below.

Social Acceptance of Entertainment

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Iwata went on to reveal that Nintendo seriously considered adopting a function which would force a game to stop in order to prevent children from playing further. The time that the game would stop would have been determined by parents. However, Nintendo eventually decided that it was better to integrate a gameplay time recording feature.

The feature was designed to encourage parents and children to communicate so that a compromise could be reached. The feature wasn’t included in the Nintendo DS due to the fact that it had been developed just two years prior to the Wii. Despite that fact, it now appears to be making a comeback in 3DS.

Iwata stated “[…] in the case of Nintendo 3DS, we are contemplating incorporating some kind of system. Whether it will be similar to the one for Wii or we may add something more has not been decided [...] Nintendo is seriously considering such measures – probably the most earnestly in this industry. Our arguments are so serious that people might be surprised if they were aware that a video game company like Nintendo is having such arguments internally.”

This feature shouldn’t be a major concern to Adult gamers -- who can easily reason when it is a good idea to stop playing. The most important impact that this feature may have could be the fact that it may push gaming as a socially relevant form of entertainment. If it succeeds, it will be a great benefit to the industry.

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One thing I would like to have in games is the ability to access the console clock as an overlay. I often find myself playing longer than I wanted after I save my game and look at the console clock. If I could call up the clock to be overlayed in game that would be very helpful. It seems like a no brainer and should not be difficult to implement. I don't have an alarm clock, I use my cell phone to check time. But having to stop and look at a clock is a distraction when it could be part of the game UI, and even a functional API component developers can leverage from the console's OS.

mranderson1st said,
One thing I would like to have in games is the ability to access the console clock as an overlay. I often find myself playing longer than I wanted after I save my game and look at the console clock. If I could call up the clock to be overlayed in game that would be very helpful. It seems like a no brainer and should not be difficult to implement. I don't have an alarm clock, I use my cell phone to check time. But having to stop and look at a clock is a distraction when it could be part of the game UI, and even a functional API component developers can leverage from the console's OS.

A lot of game's do implement this, mainly Pokémon games have a device with time. But even the Wii does not have it. But it might be in the 3DS seeing as it may have a Wii Like Home Menu since it now has a Home Button

"This feature shouldn't be a major concern to Adult gamers -- who can easily reason when it is a good idea to stop playing."

Completely true! I know it is a good idea to stop playing at 2 a.m. when I have to go into work at 7 a.m. You have to be disciplined like that.

Jukke:
yeah, but i am certain, i can get sh*tfaced with my friends and still play them.

as per many recent sources (try to google it if you want) - 3d TV's are a heavy strain on the eyes.
in fact.... it is much more serious then the previous warnings....
i dont know the stats, but i am pretty sure it was one of 100'000 that got dizzy from video games,
and there are 1 out of 10000 getting uncomfortable from using the glasses.


if video games of old had to issue warnings... imagine what they will do now, with all the new tech.

force them to real small print loud?

PS. Most of warnings are precausinary, but the current ones, 3d, are issuing warnings for real...
there are a lot more people getting affected.

What the... For one, if it goes for Under-18's, I don't think I will be seeing that turned on my console. My parents don't care about my gaming. I'm hardly on my DSi for more than 4 hours a day. Now I'm it it about an hour a day or less.

This is a bad idea to me. But may be good for some kids, that just go on it 24/7, but for most. Bad idea, the parental controls on the DSi and Wii were bad enough, I haven't seen anyone I know using them. Even 9+ Year Old Kid's with DSi's etc don't have parental controls.

I thinkg this would be good seeing as no one knows what effect 3d gaming would have on someone when played for long periods of time.