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Nintendo 3DS Warning & Response from Developmental Vision Experts - featured January 7, 2011

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Editor's Note: Several of our OT friends out there have been discussing online, whether this week's warning by Nintendo, suggesting that children under the age of six not use their new "3DS" product, is merely a ploy to prevent lawsuits or represents a legitimate concern for parents. Well it looks like even the experts haven't completely decided. Earlier this week, the College of Optometrists wrote a blog post applauding Nintendo's warning. But yesterday, the American Optometric Association said that the devices "weren't necessarily bad," and that in fact they might help "uncover subtle disorders" in vision if used in moderation. PediaStaff will keep you posted on this debate.

[Source: Wall Street Journal]

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 6 years old and younger 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.

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Read a Blog Post Written Earlier This Week by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development

Read a Press Release Issued Yesterday Saying Maybe the Games Aren't so Bad in Moderation

What is 3D Vision Syndrome?

Tags: News of the Week Visual Perception Newsletter 7 January 2011