Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Parents get Control Back

This was found from CBC in Canada.....

The new generation of video game consoles, to be released this year and in 2006, will all have parental control mechanisms.

Parental controls allow parents to restrict access to games they consider too violent or inappropriate for their children.

Sony Corp. has become the latest of the video game console makers to announce parental control on its Playstation 3, according to the Entertainment Software Association. Playstation 3 will be released in 2006.

Microsoft Corp. had already placed parental controls in its new Xbox 360, which debuted last week.

Parents can restrict access to video games and DVDs that carry certain ratings, such as "T" for "teen" or "M" for "mature." Parents can also control access to live online gaming, limiting who their children can interact with.

Earlier this month, Nintendo Inc. announced similar plans for its next-generation machine, Revolution, due out in 2006.

The ESA pointed out that there are already controls on some software or games.

The industry has been under scrutiny because of graphic violence and sexual content in some games. It is hoping to head off legislation that would limit how video games could be sold.

"With the average age of game players now 30, our industry naturally creates content appropriate for a wide range of audiences, just as there are TV shows, films, music and books for people of all tastes, interests and values," said Doug Lowenstein, president of the Entertainment Software Association.

"In a culture where raising kids is a challenge, video game parental control technology gives power to the parents."

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